Europe’s next big destination for Skiing: Scotland?

There are five major resorts in Scotland which are open for skiing during weather months – let’s have a look at them all, shall we?

Glenshee

One of the biggest of Scotland’s ski resorts, Glenshee boasts 21 lifts and 36 runs with plenty of space to ski. One of the runs is a massive 1.25 miles long! It isn’t always the most reliable place to go, but it’s also seen some amazing snow on occasion, and a chairlift from the car park makes it easy to access.

You can also hire and buy skiing and snowboarding equipment in the shop, and it has some of the best variation of any British ski slope.

Edinburgh Airport is less than two hours’ drive away. Click here for Edinburgh airport parking options.

Glencoe

Some of the steepest skiing in the whole country, there are 11km of marked pistes but some excellent opportunities for skiing off-piste when the snow is particularly good. It’s also incredibly easy to get to, being only an hour and a half drive from Glasgow Airport.

ski-scotland-black_1779012bThe Glencoe Ski Centre was established in 1956, and caters for all levels of ability set among spectacular landscapes.

It can be unpredictable, so this resort is usually best for spur-of-the-moment adventures.

Nevis Range

Only a couple of hours from Glasgow Airport, the Nevis Range is a little larger than Glencoe and features around 20km of marked skiing area – like Glencoe, there are other opportunities when the snow has had a good run. Check out the breathtaking scenery around the area – you can see as far as the Cairngorm mountains, and Ben Nevis is practically looming over you!

It should take around two and three-quarter hours to reach Nevis Range from Edinburgh Airport.

Cairngorm Mountain

This might be the best-known resort for skiing in Scotland, with its very own tram system running from the car park up to the upper mountain, where the good skiing is. As the mountain faces north it get s some of the best snow around, and it’s sometimes even deeper than on the Alps!

Glenshee piste map

This is your best bet for good snow in Scotland’s skiing resorts, but tends to be best in March and April. It also takes less than three hours from Edinburgh Airport.

Why Get Someone Else to Teach Your Children to Ski

Unless you happen to be a professional ski instructor, you probably don’t do everything like you should.

It’s understandable, and not a bad thing, but you don’t want to be passing any bad habits onto your children; they need to learn exactly the right way to do it, and ski instructors can help them with this.

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This doesn’t mean you can’t take them out on the slopes when they’ve had a few lessons, but give some instructors the chance to go over all the basics and the safety information. Make the most of it by signing your kids up to a ski school in Europe that has slopes you can go on too – that way you can meet up afterwards and hear all about their experiences.

It’s a popular misconception that skiing is a dangerous sport but the figures show otherwise. For every 1.4 million people who go on the slopes, one death can be expected – and that includes unrelated causes such as heart attacks.