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Skiing In The Highlands



skiier.jpgWhether you are an experienced Skier, you are learning to ski or you haven't ever done it before, Skiing in the Scottish highlands is an experience that is exhilarating and fantastic fun and is not to be missed.

Whether you are a seasoned skier or brand new to the sport, the beautiful Scottish Highlands welcome you to the UK’s winter playground.  Ski schools and ski resorts abound in the mountains of the Scottish Highlands and you are sure to find the perfect spot for your winter holiday skiing adventure.  With the Cairngorm Mountains and the Nevis Range, Glenshee and the Lecht, and Glencoe, there is a wide variety of skiing for beginners and experts alike.  Skiing in the Scottish Highlands is a fantastic winter activity which you will find exhilarating, challenging, and fun.

Alpine, telemark, and Nordic skiing are all popular forms of the sport here in the Highlands.  Alpine skiing is essentially downhill skiing on skis with fixed-heel bindings.  Telemark skiing refers to “free heel” skiing, with bindings attached only at the toes.  This allows for the telemark turn, which enables a smoother run.  Nordic skiing is cross-country skiing.  All throughout the Cairngorms and Nevis Range areas of the Scottish Highlands you can find ski centres which will help outfit you for whichever type of skiing you prefer.  Courses and instruction are available, as is equipment hire.  If you’ve never tried skiing before, this is a friendly atmosphere in which to give it a go. 

Adventure Scotland based in Aviemore offers activity days in alpine, Nordic, and telemark skiing, so you can have a taster and try out the sport.  Full On Adventure, also in Aviemore, offers courses in skiing and ski mountaineering.  Another Aviemore centre, G2, runs courses in Alpine and telemark skiing.  All of these centres operate out of the Cairngorm Mountains.  As well, there is an official ski school of Cairngorm Mountain which will provide all levels of ski instruction.  Snowsport Highland runs ski holidays in the Nevis Range and Glenshee mountain areas.  They will arrange for your accommodation, any ski instruction you desire, and skiing packages at the slopes.  There are many other ski centres, ski schools, and ski resorts throughout the Highland mountain areas, so you should have no trouble booking your skiing holiday, or even just a taster day. 

Weather plays a major role for skiing in Scotland.  When you are planning your ski holiday, remember that Scotland is notorious for its unpredictable weather.  Therefore, the ski season is not all that long.  Generally, you can plan for a ski trip from the end of December through the beginning of April, but it is always advisable to contact the resort or mountain range you plan on visiting and find out what the snow and ski conditions are.  Scotland is sometimes the butt of jokes amongst European skiers, mainly because of the weather.  Nevertheless, there are some truly grand skiing opportunities here in the north of Scotland.

The Scottish Highlands are famous for their outdoor activities and pursuits, and there is always something exciting and fun to do in the outdoors, year round.  In the winter, why not get away to the remote and beautiful Highland wilderness and treat yourself to a ski vacation?  Enjoy excellent schools and resort, ski centres, and plenty of hospitality in the nearby towns and villages, such as Aviemore and Fort William.  Get set for your ski holiday and make your booking today!

Skiing Centres in the Scottish Highlands cater for all and look out for
improving your skills and providing an enjoyable time in a magnificent environment. 

Within the Scottish Highlands there are three winter ski centres to choose from; The Nevis range features skiing from the 4000ft (1220m), the highest in the whole of Scotland.


Cairngorm, near Aviemore, features two valley ski areas which is great skiing, in fact generally the Cairngorm tends to be the most popular of the ski centres and has some magnificent views to add to the enjoyment of it all.

South of Fort William is Glencoe which is 3636ft (1108m) and has the longest decent of the three amounting to 2600ft (793m).

Also there is Aonach Mor at Fort William, this location is excellent for skiing in the Scottish Highlands
 
Some great skiing is available, but is dependent on the Scottish weather which can be unpredictable (mountain weather) at times, especially in the Highlands. Good advice would be to check the snow before you go. The skiing season is from late December to April but again all is dependant on the weather.

You don't need to go and spend out on the latest top of the range equipment and clothing, but if you want to, feel free, you certainly want to feel warm and comfortable.  There are many places in the Scottish Highlands to hire your ski equipment and all ski centres offer tuition through qualified instructors and ski schools if needed.

If you want skiing in the Scottish Highlands please look below for a list of ski centres in the Scottish Highlands.
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The Lecht
Lecht 2090 is at 2090 feet above sea level amid the beauty of the Eastern Cairngorms. This natural playground offers exciting outdoor activities:Winter season and...
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Glenshee or Gleann Shith , (Gaelic for Glen of the Fairies ), flanks the highest public road in Scotland which runs through the Cairnwell pass, formerly one of the...
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