The Scottish ski resorts in 2010 have enjoyed a bumper season, with record snowfalls and skiing continuing into June and starting up again in November with this current substantial spell of snow. So is this the season to head north of the border for your skiing trip? Scotts Castle Holidays can provide the accommodation you require, within a large holiday house or a more family size if you prefer. So it just remains which of the 5 ski resorts you wish to choose and they are:
1, Cairngorm is the best-known resort, with 11 lifts and 23 miles of slopes. Access is by a funicular from the main car park to Ptarmigan at 3,600 feet; most of the other lifts are drags. At the top is a restaurant and visitors’ centre, and you can choose the Coire Cas area, which is the main one and the easiest or the Coire na Ciste, which is more challenging. It is around one hour from Inverness and two hours from Edinburgh or Glasgow.
2, Nevis Range is the most dramatic of the resorts, with spectacular coastal views from slopes rising to 3,900 feet. A gondola accesses the main lift base and restaurant at 2,150 feet. There are 11 lifts, with 22 miles of pistes which offers something for everybody. These are neatly arranged with several short beginner slopes at the base, and longer blue ones just above, with red, black or off-piste terrain beyond that. It is about two-and-a-half hours’ drive north of Glasgow, one-and-a-half hours from Inverness.
3, Glenshee is marginally the biggest resort, with 21 lifts serving 25 miles of pistes. The main lifts go up from 2,130 feet on either side of the A93 road from Blairgowrie to Braemar. The terrain is mostly easy or intermediate difficulty, with a couple of short black runs, but there are good opportunities to go off-piste, with plenty of natural terrain features. One hour from Perth.
4, Glencoe is Scotland’s original ski resort. A chairlift takes you up to 2,130 feet at the base of the main slopes, and is served by 6 lifts. The Fly Paper is reputedly Scotland’s steepest black run and there are great views from the top. Glencoe is 25 miles south of Fort William.
5, The Lecht is seen as a beginner and family area with 13 lifts and 13 miles of runs on the gentle slopes beside a high pass, with a series of parallel lifts and runs above the car parks. With a maximum vertical of 650 feet, runs are short. There’s extensive snowmaking, a terrain park and a day lodge at the base. One hour from Aberdeen.