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The Lecht

The Lecht Ski Resort Guide

The Lecht, Scotland

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForIntermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders and Snowfall!
Highest Lift780m2,559ft
Resort Height635m2,083ft
 Nearest AirportsInverness and Aberdeen
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The Lecht

Composed of largely parallel roadside drag lifts, the Lecht has also invested in snow making technology in recent seasons, paying dividends in snow cover through unpredictable Scottish winter weather. It also offers a range of alternatives to skiing and boarding and opened a new £1m base lodge with all facilities. The nearest hotel is in Corgarff.


The Scottish ski resort of The Lecht is at an altitude of 635m2,083ft.

The Lecht has direct access to 20 marked pistes, served by a total of 14 ski lifts.

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

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in The Lecht?

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

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Ski Area Stats

The Lecht Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts


The Lecht Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift780m2,559ft
Lowest Piste635m2,083ft
Resort Altitude (The Lecht)635m2,083ft
Max Vertical145m476ft

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for The Lecht
Intermediate Skiers

The Lecht Overview

The Lecht, located in the north eastern Cairngorms, is one of the most intimate, friendly and innovative snowsport centres in Scotland. In recent years the resort has been at the forefront of developing alternative snow and mountain sports in Scotland, and also added its first chair lift for the 1999-2000 season.

The Lecht opened in the 1977/78 season with very limited facilities. Three portable ski tows were used and a small hut served as the cafe, seating around 30 people. In those days the car park was only big enough for 50 cars and ski hire only had 40 pairs of skis (a figure which has now grown to more than 600). Tickets were sold over the counter at the hut/cafe and the ski school shared a space with the ski hire.

Over the following decade all profits were sunk back into the company and there was a steady expansion in all departments. Longer permanent lifts were installed with all the hill equipment having to be flown in due to planning regulations. New buildings were erected for ski hire and the workshop whilst a new toilet block added to the cafeteria building. In 1986 the company expanded into Glenlivet Estate, initially with two surface tows. Since then a second car park as well as five more tows have been installed in that area.

The first piste groomer arrived in 1985 with the purchase of a further 2 machines in 1987/88 and another one in 1995. European money was invested in the company with major expansion to infrastructure. Access roads were improved, along with the building of a new workshop and first aid room.

The resort has some of the best snowmaking facilities in Scotland with snow cannons on five runs. For the 2004-5 season a superb new day lodge opened, at a cost of £1m ($2m US), it includes all facilities on three levels with a bar, snack bar and offices on the third level and superb views over the surrounding area.

There is no slopeside lodging, with the nearest village at Tomintoul. The nearest ski areas are Cairngorm and Glenshee - Lecht is an easy day trip from either and can sometimes have good snow conditions when snow is scant or lifts closed by poor weather conditions at other centres.

 Notable Ski Runs

The longest possible descent in The Lecht is 1km1 miles long and the most difficult run is the 'Harrier'.


This a a very compact ski area - with the the skiing right there only a short distance from the car park. The Lecht caters for every level of skier from beginner to racer. For first time skiers there is an excellent nursery area with five tows specifically for beginners. Petrel, Bunting, Wren and Robin are all easy green runs, easily accessible from the car park. Grouse, Eagle and Osprey are all intermediate blue runs while advanced skiers can enjoy the more challenging Buzzard and Falcon. For expert skiers there is the Harrier, a challenging black run.

Racers can time themselves on the race piste with its own computer timing system and Rapid slalom poles.

A big plus point for the Lecht is that being inland it's more sheltered than some other Scottish ski resorts, therefore avoiding high winds.

The Lecht offers good sking, particularly, for Intermediate and Beginner skiers.


The Lecht was one of the first areas in Scotland to offer snowboard instruction and has subsequently hosted numerous competitions. Its fun park is well equipped - it has table tops, log slides, gap jumps and a full-length half-pipe so freestyle facilities are excellent.

The resort offers plenty of varied terrain for boards with the Buzzard and Falcon runs offering challenging terrain and the Harrier black run testing even the most experienced rider.

Location and Map

Where is The Lecht?

This ski resort is in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, Scotland.


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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to The Lecht is Inverness, 83 minutes drive away.

Aberdeen and Edinburgh airports are all within three hours drive.


Ski Lift Capacity

The 14 ski lifts are able to uplift 10,000 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 4km2 miles of ski runs, with 6 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is The Lecht open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

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

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in The Lecht, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

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Aprés Ski

The après ski centres around local pubs and hotels in Tomintoul and other surrounding villages such as Grantown on Spey, Glenlivet, Ballindalloch, Strathdon and Ballater. During the ski season there are often ceilidhs, live music and discos.

The Lecht