Introduction To Skiing Scotland
The skiing on offer in Scotland has, arguably, never been better. You might have heard, for example, some rave reviews of the snow conditions in recent years. Factor this in with the notable improvement in facilities, and you’ve got yourself a recipe for ski holiday success. While the call of the European Alps is always going to be there, we think it’s time to shine one enormous spotlight on Scottish ski resorts. Contrary to what Jon Snow, from Game of Thrones, has told you; you should definitely head north of “The Wall” this winter.
If you are contemplating going skiing in Scotland, perhaps you’re worried that there just won’t be enough snow to quench your powder addiction. Well, we’re happy to report, this is where the Scottish ski resort at CairnGorm can step up and kick your concerns into a nearby trashcan. CairnGorm, you see, gets more snow than other Scottish resorts. More snow, over a longer period, means more skiing for you and your companions. Result!
CairnGorm has the largest number of season ticket holders for any ski resort in Scotland, so if you’re looking to go somewhere that’s been endorsed en-masse by large swathes of people; you’re in luck. Throw the UK’s highest funicular mountain railway, a whole heap of epic views, and an excellent piste-grooming team into the mix, and you’ve got yourself a Scottish ski resort that’s worthy of your time and money.
After skiing your heart out, and soaking up some wonderful slope-side fun, you might want to grab some food at the Ptarmigan Restaurant (which is the highest restaurant in the UK and has panoramic views down to Loch Morlich and across to Ben Nevis). Down in Aviemore, The Old Bridge Inn is excellent if you’re looking for beer, food, and live music. Another place worth checking out is The Ski-ing Doo Restaurant. In terms of affordable accommodation, we recommend booking yourself into the Aviemore Bunkhouse.
Those skiers and snowboarders looking to hire some equipment while in the area could stop at Loch Insh, or The Snowboard Asylum on Aviemore’s main street (other hire places are available). The nearest airport and/or train station is Inverness, and an adult pass for one day’s skiing will cost you £33.50. It’s £20 for children. For more information on the resort, why not take a look at the CairnGorm Mountain website.