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Skiing in Scotland: Day trips to the Piste Nov 14
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Skiing abroad is expensive. Ski resorts, flights, accommodation, ski passes, ski hire, costly ‘living’ during your stay, the $$$ soon rack up and before you know it you’re out of pocket. Skiing in Scotland is the perfect solution for those who want to enjoy the slopes but don’t want an expensive holiday, especially with Christmas coming up.

Not only does Scotland skiing help the bank balance, it also offers a great deal of flexibility. You are not tied to one resort, you don’t have to suffer an incredibly long journey, you can just go for the day, or even an afternoon while indulging in a city centre getaway. If you’re traveling with children, an overnight stop off might be required, or whole week of skiing might just be too much so you may want to split your time between city attractions and skiing. The possibilities are endless.

Take a look at our Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen hotels for the best Scottish ‘must-see’ attractions and explore below the five main Scottish Ski resorts to plan a truly unique holiday this winter.

Nevis Range

Nevis Range

Ski down the eighth highest peak in Britain, just two peaks from Ben Nevis (the highest mountain in the British Isles). Nevis Range offers a fantastic ski holiday experience, whether you are a beginner or skier extraordinaire. The beautiful scenic journey through the highlands from Glasgow provides awe-inspiring landscapes to soak in before you’ve even hit the slopes, making the round trip well worth it!

Location: Torlundy, Fort William
Company: Nevis Range
Mountain: Aonach Mor
Piste Map
Travel (car):
Glasgow to Nevis Range takes two hours and thirty minutes.
Edinburgh to Nevis Range takes two hours and fifty minutes
Aberdeen to Nevis Range takes three hours and fifteen minutes

Ski Hire:
Adults
Skis/board, boots & poles
: ½ day- £15.50, day- £22, Skis/board & poles: ½ day- £11.50, day- £15.50, Boots: ½ day- £10.50, day- £14.75, Jacket & Trousers: ½ day- £10.50, day- £15.50

Children
Skis/board, boots & poles
: ½ day- £11, day- £15.50, Skis/board & poles: ½ day- £8.50, day- £11.50, Boots: ½ day- £7.25, day- £10.50, Jacket & Trousers: ½ day- £8, day- £12

Lift Passes:
Zone A (Full area)
Adults:
½ day- £23, day- £31, Children (7-17): ½ day- £14, day- £19
Zone B: (Beginners area)
Adults: ½ day- £16, day- £20.50, Children (7-17): ½ day- £10, day- £13.50

For lesson details and further resort information visit the Nevis Range website where you can also check the day’s weather conditions and further information on skiing.


Glencoe Mountain

Glencoe Mountain
Ski Glencoe – 7 by Caitriana Nicholson/CC BY (image size modified)

With 7 ski lifts and 19 runs to enjoy, Glencoe Mountain Ltd offers a great day of skiing. Glencoe, not far from Nevis Range, is the largest ski centre in Scotland and offers ‘unique and exhilarating terrain’, ideal for both experienced and beginner skiers.

Location: Glencoe, Argyll
Company: Glencoe Mountain Ltd
Mountain: Meall A'Bhuiridh Massif
Piste Map
Travel (car):
Glasgow to Glencoe Mountain takes one hour and forty minutes.
Edinburgh to Glencoe Mountain takes two hours and fifteen minutes
Aberdeen to Glencoe Mountain takes three hours and ten minutes

Ski Hire:
Adults
Skis/board, boots & poles
: ½ day- £20, day- £25, Skis/board only: £20, Boots only: £10, Poles only: £5

Children

Skis/board, boots & poles: ½ day- £15, day- £20, Skis/board only: £15, Boots only: £10, Poles only: £5

Lift Passes:
Mid-week day

Adults: £25, Children: £18
Weekend day
Adults: £32, Children : £20
Half day
Adults: £20, Children: £15

Lesson prices are available on the Glencoe Mountain website where you can also check the day’s weather conditions and further information on skiing.


Glenshee Ski Centre

Glenshee Ski Centre
Glenshee by cardinalbiggles / CC BY (image size modified)

Glenshee Ski Centre offers an impressive 22 lifts and 36 runs for you to get stuck in with. Covering an impressive 2,000 acres, and a good mix of run difficulties, Glenshee offers a great resort for a ski holiday or day trip to the piste.

Location: Cairnwell, Braemar
Company: Glenshee Ski Centre
Mountain: Glenshee
Piste Map
Travel (car):
Glasgow to Glenshee Ski Centre takes two hours.
Edinburgh to Glenshee Ski Centre takes one hour and fifty minutes
Aberdeen to Glenshee Ski Centre takes one hour and thirty minutes

Ski Hire:
Adults

Skis/board, boots & poles:
1 day £20, Skis/board & poles: 1 day £17, Boots only: 1 day £12, Poles only: 1 day £5, Ski Suit: 1 day £12

Children
Skis/board, boots & poles: 1 day £10, Skis/board & poles: 1 day £8.50, Boots only: 1 day £12, Poles only: 1 day £5, Ski Suit: 1 day £10

Lift Passes:
Full area

Adults:
½ day- £24, 1 day- £29 Children: ½ day- £16, 1 day- £19
Beginner
Adults:
1 day- £17 Children: 1 day- £12

For further information on skiing and lesson prices¸ take a look at the Glenshee Ski Centre website. You can also check the day’s weather conditions on the site.


CairnGorm Mountain

CairnGorm Mountain
Cairngorm Mountains by Dom Walster / CC BY(must indicate if changes made)

CairnGorm Mountain offers 30km of ski runs, 11 lifts, a freestyle park and a ski school, as well as breath-taking views for a fantastic day of skiing in Scotland!

Location: CairnGorm Ski Area, Aviemore
Company: CairnGorm Mountain Ltd
Mountain: Cairngorm
Piste Map
Travel (car):
Glasgow to CairnGorm Mountain takes two hours and forty-five minutes.
Edinburgh to CairnGorm Mountain takes two hours and forty-three minutes
Aberdeen to CairnGorm Mountain takes two hours and thirty minutes

Lift Passes:
Full area

Adults: ½ day- £23, 1 day- £34.50
Children: ½ day- £14, 1 day- £20.50

For the day’s weather conditions and further information about the resort, visit the CairnGorm Mountain website. Take a look at the Ski/snowboard school website for information on lessons.


Lecht 2090 Ski Centre

Lecht 2090 Ski Centre
Lecht – Station de Ski by Guillaume Capron / CC BY(must indicate if changes made)

Lecht 2090 Ski Centre is based 2,090 feet above sea level situated in the heart of Cairngorm, Scotland’s largest National Park. Lecht has 12 lifts, ski hire, and ski school available to all visitors.

Location: Strathdon, Aberdeenshire
Company: Lecht 2090
Mountain: A mountain top between Tomintoul and Strathdon
Piste Map
Travel (car):
Glasgow to Lecht 2090 Ski Centretakes two hours and fifty minutes.
Edinburgh to Lecht 2090 Ski Centretakes two hours and forty minutes
Aberdeen to Lecht 2090 Ski Centre takesone hour and twenty-five minutes

Ski Hire: Skis/board, boots & poles:
Adults:
£20, Junior: £20, Children: £12.50

Lift Passes:

Full area

Adults: ½ day- £24, 1 day- £29
Junior: ½ day- £15, 1 day- £19
Children
: ½ day- £12, 1 day- £15

Beginner

Adults:
½ day- £20, 1 day- £23
Junior: ½ day- £13, 1 day- £16
Children: ½ day- £11, 1 day- £13

For lesson details and further resort information visit the Lecht 2090 website where you can also check the day’s weather conditions.

Whether you’re enjoying city getaway with a skiing day trip, or stopping off for an overnight travel break, take a look at our Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Aberdeen city guides for top attractions to check out during your visit.


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