Skiing and snowboarding in Scotland

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  • Ski racer at the time trials of the British Association of Snowsport Instructors, CairnGorm Mountain
    CairnGorm Mountain
  • Snowboarder jumps Leaming Ridge into Coire Dubh, Nevis Range
    Leaming Ridge, Nevis Range
  • Skier and snowboarder on the Snowy Owl Chairlift, The Lecht 2090 Ski Centre
    Snowy Owl Chairlift, The Lecht 2090 Ski Centre
  • Skier begins his descent of the Spectre Run, Nevis Range Ski Centre
    Spectre Run, Nevis Range Ski Centre

For the ultimate winter adventure head to Scotland’s beautiful mountains and enjoy a fun and challenging skiing and snowboarding holiday.

There are five fantastic ski centres in Scotland to choose from, each offering a range of green, blue, red and black runs. Whether you take to the slopes of the Nevis Range, Glencoe Mountain, CairnGorm Mountain, The Lecht or Glenshee Ski Centre you will experience breathtaking Highland scenery throughout the winter months.

Scottish ski resorts have invested heavily over the years to rival the standards of many European resorts. Facilities at the ski centres including purpose-built lodges which house cafés, bars, shops and toilets. All equipment and clothing can be hired on-site or from one of the independent ski and snowboard hire shops near the resorts.

Tuition is available at each ski centre so you can learn to ski and snowboard or develop your skills in a safe environment under the watchful eye of a fully qualified instructor. Many of Scotland’s ski and snowboarding schools offer specialist lessons in off piste, freestyle, race and performance skiing.

The Scottish snowsports season tends to run between December and April but can vary year to year depending on weather conditions and snow cover. The resorts have extensive snowmaking facilities allowing the centres to stay open for longer. Keep up-to-date with snow conditions at all five Scottish ski centres. For snow conditions on the move check-in with the dedicated Ski-Scotland site. When the season has finished you can still enjoy a fun and challenging day skiing or snowboarding at one of Scotland’s dry and indoor ski slopes.

Scotland’s ski and snowboarding centres are all within easy reach of the towns and cities across the country and most can be reached in less than three hours from Edinburgh and Glasgow. Many low cost airline carriers fly direct to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness, making ski and snowboarding holidays in Scotland fantastic value for money. Find out information about skiing and snowboarding in Scotland.

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