A land of legends, castles, mist and romance, Scotland is not best known for its skiing; however, you will find several good resorts here. Additionally, your holiday can go past the mountains to Scotland’s amazing landscape, ancient castles and breathtaking cities. The ski season is from October through to April.
The best known ski area in Scotland is Cairngorm Mountain ski resort, 16 kilometers east of the resort town of Aviemore. The north-facing slopes of Cairngorm Mountain offer up the best snow-holding records in Scotland as well as fresh, natural settings. The CairnGorm Funicular is the country’s highest and fastest mountain railway, offering unbelievable views. Cairngorm ski resort is split into two areas: Coire Cas and Coire na Ciste. Cas is the larger and more spacious area, with the best snow; while Ciste offers better snowboarding.
Cairngorm rests at about 1,200 meters and has 17 lifts (four chairlifts and 13 surface lifts), with an uplift capacity of 12,000 passengers per hour. There are 28 runs, which are spread over 39 kilometers, and the longest run is 2.2 kilometers. The runs are divided into color coded zones according to beginner, intermediate and advanced with 16 per cent green (beginner), 32 per cent blue, 47 per cent red and five per cent black (advanced). Additionally, there are 60 kilometers of cross-country trails.
Glencoe is the nearest Scottish ski resort to the city of Glasgow and is famed for the excellent slopes of Meall a Bhuiridh. This resort is Scotland’s oldest and has the longest vertical descent in the country. The bijou resort of Glencoe is markedly Scottish and pleasantly simple. Additionally, Glencoe boasts the best natural terrain in the country. There are 19 runs spread over 20 kilometers, with a longest run of 1.6 kilometers. Seven lifts, consisting of two chairlifts, four draglifts and a learner tow, carry 4,300 skiers per hour to the slopes.