In case you’ve been stuck in the middle of nowhere for the last few months, with no contact to the outside world, you will probably be aware Scotland has been having a pretty good season so far, and it doesn’t look set to stop anytime soon. Neil MacGrain, the man behind the hugely successful Jibberish tour earlier in the season, has recently had the pleasure of taking Salomon Freeski TV around his homeland, and managed to fire off a few shots on his way round, you can see all of them in the Scotland gallery, but in the meantime here’s a selection with some info on some of the resorts he’s been getting to in the last couple of weeks. If you had any doubts that Scotland was having its best season for 20 years, here is yet more proof.
Glencoe boasts some of the steepest and longest runs in Scotland. With 19 runs and 7 lifts spreading over mellow plateaus and steeps all abilities are catered for. An hour and a halfs drive from Glasgow airport (74miles), 26 miles from the nearest station at Fort William, and a stop on the bus route from Glasgow to Fort Willian, the resort is pretty easy to get to from anywhere in the British Isles. Ski passes for the day are £30, or £20 for a half day. Alternatively if you are thinking of going regularly during a season the pass for the year is a mere £250 if bought before December. Did we mention that the surrounding scenery is stunning.
For more info see www.glencoemountain.co.uk
The Lecht is Scotland’s smallest ski resort but at 2,090 feet, it has some of its most reliable snow. Together with skiing, you can do snow tubing – sledging in huge inner tubes, so even non skiers will have something to do here. Skis, boots and boards are available for hire. Really this resort is better suited to intermediates and beginners, although the board park will appeal to the freestylers out there. Day passes are £25 for adults and £18.50 for the half day. 36 miles from Aviemore and an hour and a half from Inverness, this is another resort that isn’t too difficult to get to.
For more info see www.lecht.co.uk
7 miles north of Fort William, getting here couldn’t be easier. Trains and buses regularly run into the town from Glasgow and the south, or alternatively there is the airport at Inverness which is just over an hour away. The Nevis range has some of the best skiing in Scotland with 12 lifts accessing 24 runs of varying difficulties, ranging from easy greens for the beginners right through to blacks and off piste runs for the experts. Meanwhile the Summit Park has plenty to offer the freestylers amongst you. Day ski passes here are £28 for adults and £19.50 for the half day, although it is worth noting that there are different passes, and for example a beginner wishing to only use certain runs could get a ticket for £18.
For more info see here www.nevisrange.co.uk