Started by Uptowngirl01 in Scotland - 6 Replies
From Scotland and disgraced to say I've only used ski resort once
Which is best for families? Accommodation and fun times? Looking go between Xmas and new year thanks
However, unless things change, skiing between Xmas and New Year is looking unlikely. I'm off to climb some mountains in the Highlands.....
Keep an occasional eye on Winterhighlands website. This covers all the Scottish areas.
I can't wait to try the resorts out
But snow is looking less likely
I realise the half term has been and gone but maybe a bit of info for next season might be useful! In any case there is currently no snow to speak of in any of the 5 resorts so you won't have missed much!
I would say that when planning a holiday up here flexibility is the key. You can't guarantee the snow so make sure you've got options of other stuff you want to do.
Therefore I would suggest you base yourselves in Aviemore, Pitlochry or Fort William and be prepared to drive a bit to resort.
Aviemore is great, a fun town with bars/restaurants and stuff to do outside skiing. Cairngorm ski centre is a 15min drive and, when there is snow has a great mix of wide greens/blues, a couple of reds and some blacks. You could also drive to the Lecht from Aviemore which is smaller I believe (never actually been) and would take you about an hour.
Pitlochry is another great Highland town with good walking/mountain biking options nearby and a good mix of post adventure pubs/restaurants. The choice from there would be to drive to Glenshee (the largest resort in Scotland) (about 1 hour) or head up to Cairngorm (again, an hour).
Finally Fort William. Same deal here good town for accommodation/pubs etc (although my least favourite of the 3) and excellent options for walking, biking, white water rafting, indoor ice climbing! The Nevis range has Scotland's only gondola and a great mix of skiing including some hard off piste (not that you really want that!). From Fort Bill you could also drive South to Glencoe (my "local" ski area (I'm about 1.5 hours away!)) which has some great variety from cruisey blues to "Fly Paper" Scotland's steepest run (I think!). Although I love the "Coe" I wouldn't stay there as there really is nothing around for miles, apart from my favourite pub in the whole world, the Clachaig Inn which is a must visit!
I've had some of my best skiing days anywhere in Scotland but I have the luxury of going when I know the snow is good and the weather is kind, planning a holiday where skiing would be a bonus rather than the main focus is probably sensible, and if the worst comes to the worst there is a LOT of whisky to try!
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