Held across two days, have some fun on Scotland’s mountains and discover the very best of Scotland’s five ski resorts, Snow Factor near Glasgow and Scotland’s dry slopes at the first ever Scots Snow Festival. Whether you’re a seasoned skier or snowboarder or are taking to the slopes for the first time, join in with a great programme of snow-based activities. Read on for a flavour of what to expect.
About the festival
At this inaugural festival, you’ll find plenty of ways to enjoy Scotland’s brilliant ski centres and take advantage of the late season snow. One of the weekend’s highlights will be a mass descent down the slopes, set to happen simultaneously across the five ski resorts - Glencoe, the Nevis Range, CairnGorm Mountain, Glenshee and the Lecht - and also at Snow Factor in Braehead and on Scotland’s dry slopes. Set to take place on Saturday 29 March at 12.30 (or, if conditions are more favourable, Sunday 30 March), this one-off event is just for fun. The mass descent is a great way to celebrate the Year of Homecoming Scotland 2014 and outwith Scotland, Scots who stay abroad are being encouraged to register themselves and their groups via the Scots Snow Festival form before skiing or boarding down their nearest mountain resort.
Events and activities across all the resorts are subject to suitable weather and snow conditions, so keep checking the Ski Scotland snow conditions reports for the latest updates. Other events are still to be announced, so check back for more details!
At CairnGorm Mountain, take part in the Bonnie Banked Slalom or the DSUK Access for All Race, try out Ellis Brigham ski and board demo equipment or have a go at snow-shoeing.Their mass descent is set to start from the Top Station where you can take in some spectacular mountain vistas.
Discover action-packed days that kids will love at Glencoe – the weekend is full of free activities. Take part in an Easter egg hunt across the mountain, and show off your skills at the snowman building competition or igloo building sessions. There’s sledging and brand new Zibob racing, which uses a special, easy-to-use sleigh seat, as well as kids’ ski and snowboard events. If conditions permit, Glencoe Mountain will also host the UK’s first ever ski and snowboard pond skimming event.
At the Nevis Range you’ll find there is a decidedly Scottish theme. When you reach the finish line of the mass descent, you’ll be greeted by the rich sound of the bagpipes. Dress up your ski jacket and salopettes with some tartan or tweed and you might win a prize in the Scottish dress competition. At the Snow Goose restaurant, indulge in the Scottish menu – it's ideal for a break after you’ve been working on your entry for the snow sculpture competition.
Across the country at Glenshee, the celebrations will take place on Saturday 29. Join in with special racecourse sessions, or why not embrace the ‘retro’ theme and don your best retro ski outfit for your chance to win a prize? On the day you can also enjoy live music, create snow art and take part in snowman and snow sculpture competitions. The mass descent will start from Glas Maol, the highest peak of the resort at 1068 m above sea level.
Nearby at the Lecht, beginners can book two hour skiing and snowboarding taster sessions, while those with a bit more experience can feel like a pro and participate in timed races. Jazz up your usual ski attire and don’t miss the fancy dress competition, or get crafty with your friends and family at the snow sculpture competition. Depending on the conditions, skiers and snowboarders taking part in the mass descent will set off from the top of Snowy Owl Chair, from which you can find a run to suit you, whatever your ability.