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Tips for a mid-term snowsports break

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Scotland’s ski resorts offer the best outdoor skiing and snowboarding in the UK and what better time to visit than during the mid-term break when the kids can enjoy some time on the slopes and practise their skills?

The mountain snowsports resorts are generally busy during the mid-term breaks. This year has seen some fantastic conditions over the last few weeks and more skiers and snowboarders are now planning a winter sports break at home instead of going overseas.

To make sure that everyone gets the most from their Scottish winter sports experience, Ski-Scotland is offering the following top tips:

  • It’s quicker to use cash when paying for lift pass, hire, refreshments and more. Credit card machines rely on phone connections and the connection can sometimes be slow, especially in mountain restaurants. Some centres have dedicated cash-only ticket desks.
  • Most areas advise hiring equipment before arrival and some have information about hire alternatives on their websites. The Lecht, however, offers online equipment booking, which allows those who pre-book equipment to get sliding faster!
  • Wherever you hire your equipment from, make sure you know your and your kids’ height, weight and shoe size – you’ll get the gear quicker, and not hold up others.
  • Aim to arrive as early as possible to ensure you can get parked, and car-share if possible. There are also public bus services from Aviemore to CairnGorm Mountain and Fort William to Nevis Range.
  • Much of the information you need is on the snowsports section of VisitScotland’s website, so check there before phoning the snowsport centres. Check the snow conditions which give up-to-date snow and road reports and webcam photos. There’s also a new easy-to-use mobile website if you’re checking conditions via smartphone when you’re on the move (where it’s legal and safe to do so).
  • To avoid café and restaurant queues, consider eating early or after the main rush is over.
  • If you’re a competent, experienced skier, where and when it’s safe to do so, taking to the higher slopes may improve your experience and help to alleviate congestion further down the slopes.

Happy half-term sliding! Ski-Scotland

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