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Glenshee Ski Resort

Glenshee Resort Guide

Glenshee, Scotland

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Glenshee Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length40km25 miles
Highest Lift1,068m3,504ft
Resort Height650m2,133ft
 Nearest AirportsEdinburgh and Inverness
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Glenshee at a glance

Glenshee Ski Centre, Scotland's 'Three Valleys' flanks each side of Britain's highest road pass and offers more lifts and marked piste kilometres then any other British ski centre. The Centre is close to Braemar where the annual 'Gathering' is staged, and the Queen's summer residence of Balmoral.

 When will it snow in Glenshee?

There is currently no significant snow in the 7-day forecast for Glenshee.

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Glenshee Facts, Stats and Ratings

Glenshee Rated

Ratings for Glenshee
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers

How High is Glenshee?

Max Vertical and Resort Altitude for Glenshee
Highest Lift1,068m3,504ft
Lowest Piste650m2,133ft
Resort Altitude (Glenshee)650m2,133ft
Max Vertical418m1,371ft

Ski Area, Pistes and Lifts

Glenshee Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats for Glenshee
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
Total Length
40km25 miles
Cross Country
Total Length
60km37 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
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Glenshee Summary

The Scottish Ski Resort of Glenshee is one of the larger Ski Resorts in Scotland and has direct access to 40km25 miles of downhill skiing, with 36 marked pistes, served by a total of 21 ski lifts.

The skiing is at relatively low altitude, so snow cover can be variable.

Glenshee Piste Map

Glenshee Piste Map

Glenshee Overview

Glenshee is one of Scotland's two westerly ski areas, located close to Royal Deeside and the British Queen's 'Summer residence' at Balmoral castle. It is easy to reach from Aberdeen to the West, Inverness to the North and P:erth, Edinburgh and Glasgow to the south. The Glenshee Chairlift Company has a long history, with skiing beginning in the area in 1933. Today the company owns Britain's largest network of ski lifts - dubbed the Scottish 3 Valleys - with 3 restaurants, ski school and a ski shop. In recent years Glenshee has linked with Glencoe ski centre on Scotland's West Coast to offer combined season passes and mid-week passes .

When Glenshee's skiing history began there were a few enthusiasts who had learned to ski in Europe and practised their new found sport in the hills around Glenshee. After the war years, some of these same enthusiasts came back to the area to ski, and they decided to take some of the hard work out of skiing by building simple rope tows to pull them uphill. These tows were driven off the rear wheels of motor cycles or tractors anchored at the top of the slope. During the late 50's, Perth, Dundee and Aberdeen Ski Clubs all had tows of this type in various snow holding gullies in the Glenshee area.

In 1957, when several of the present Directors of the Glenshee Chairlift Co were arranging finance to rebuild the Spittal Hotel after fire damage, an agreement was made with the Invercauld Estate granting the right to develop skiing within the boundary of the present ski area. In 1957 Dundee Ski Club built the first T-bar tow on Meall Odhar. This increased the pleasure derived from skiing and also increased the demand for more mechanised uplift. On formation of the Glenshee Chairlift Co in 1961 the agreement with Invercauld was transferred to the present company and the Cairnwell Chairlift and a small cafe were built.

The Company opened to the public in December 1962 with excellent snow cover for their first season. Following this success came the installation of Sunnyslope T-bar in the summer of 1963. Unfortunately the winter of 1963/64 brought only a few patches of snow on Cairnwell and the new Sunnyslope tow operated for just 7 days.

In common with the other Scottish snow ski centres, development over the years has been dependent on the success of the winter season with profits being ploughed back into the Company whenever possible. In 1978 the first Kassbohrer trail grooming tractor was purchased and the resort now has five such groomers. Artificial snow making cannons have been introduced in recent years and Glenshee now has seven cannons, with its high pressure system being the first in Scotland.

On the Mountain

The longest possible descent in Glenshee is 2km1 miles long.

Skiing in Glenshee

Serviced by the UK's largest ski lift system, the resorts runs extend over 3 valleys and 4 mountains to give an extensive and enjoyable variety of skiing and snowboarding. For those just beginning to ski or board the resort's nursery slopes, conveniently situated next to the main car park, are an ideal starting place. However, for skiers ready to venture that little bit further, the many lifts at car park level will help ease the progression, introducing skiers to the much larger area of novice runs.

Intermediate skiers will be spoilt for choice with no less than 26 blue and red runs, varying from the long and exhilarating to the short and steep. Whilst advanced skiers or boarders will also enjoy the variety and challenge of these runs, there are two black runs which are considered to be a formidable part of the Scottish skiing experience - and have been for many years.

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.

Snowboarding in Glenshee

Host to the 2001 Scottish Snowboarding Championships, Glenshee has been the breeding ground for two British Champions.

Whether freeriding or freestyling or just beginning, the on-hill terrain on offer is as varied as it is expansive, ranging from the natural quarter pipes and man made features of Butchart's Coire to the wide open expanses at Coire Fionn and Glas Maol to the gentle slopes of Claybokie and the Cluny's. Scotland's secret treasure...if your first priority is snowboarding, then Glenshee is the place Snowboard UK Magazine, 1997.

When is Glenshee open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates for Glenshee.

Usual opening is late November (Fully weather dependent - sometimes opens in November), and usual closing is Late April.

NOTE:- Lift and Piste openings are always subject to Snow Conditions in Glenshee.

Snow Making

Glenshee is able to make snow, on 20km12 miles of ski runs, with 6 snow cannons.

Ski Lift Capacity

The 21 ski lifts of Glenshee are able to uplift 18,509 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Where is Glenshee?

Glenshee is in Perth and Kinross, Scotland, Scotland.

How can I get to Glenshee?

 By Air

The nearest airports to Glenshee are Edinburgh, Inverness and Glasgow. There are five airports within three hours drive.

Off the Mountain

Glenshee Apr├ęs Ski

Apres Ski tends to centre around the hotels in the area which usually have a lively atmosphere and feature regular ceilidhs and discos throughout the winter.

A wide range of other amenities are available at Braemar, Blairgowrie, Ballater and the many surrounding villages of Spittal of Glenshee, Glensila, Kirkmichael and Bridge of Cally. Activities include gliding, golf, fishing, walking, mountain biking, bird watching, 4x4 off road, clay pigeon, swimming, riding, castle and whisky trails.


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