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Tourism Scotland - Skiing


Lodged in people's memories as the first ski centre in Scotland, the skiing at Glencoe is one of the best loved and friendly scenes in Scotland. It also boasts the longest vertical descent and steepest on piste run in the country. Beyond the pistes the scenery is so dramatic and compelling, it begs to be climbed, walked, mountain biked, just somehow conquered.

One of the most stirking features about Glencoe is its intense atmosphere, with lingering memories of the clan massacre over three hundred years ago. Though very accessible - only 90 minutes from Glasgow - the mood of the place is of another time and country. Legend, history and scenic drama all seem to blur into a new reality in Glencoe.

Snowsports in Glencoe, remembered by generations of home-grown enthusiasts, have changed beyond recognition during its forty year evolution. Where once there was a makeshift atmosphere at the weekend-only centre, now there is an ultramodern fully integrated system which, for seven days a week, gives access to some of the most testing runs in Scotland. To launch yourself from the top tows on Meall a'Bhuiridh onto the black and red runs is to find the true meaning of exhiliration. Little wonder this is one of the favoured venues for speed skiing races.

For those who do not want to seemingly throw themselves at the cruet whims of fate, there are plenty of long easy and intermediate runs. There is also an excellent nursery area on the plateau and if you have never skied or boarded in your life, this area will surely make you want to learn.

Clencoe's exhilerating pistes have become a firm favourite with snowboarders. There's no need to construct a fun park here as the terrain provides all the thrills you could ask for. Ideal for perfecting tricks and styles, with a backdrop of amazing scenery.

Take advantage of the great value skiing and boarding packages offered by the friendly ski and snowboard school here. And if you choose to come midweek, you can buy a joint ticket which gives you access to the slopes both at Glencoe and at nearby Nevis Range.

The unforgettable drama of the scenery in winter can be explored by walking, climbing and mountain biking. The remoter parts invariably inspire the most ardent cityslicker to become a born again explorer. If you want to head into the hills, for walking, climbing or ice climbing contact one of the local mountain guides who will be happy to tailor a trip to your level of skill. Glencoe is one of the best places in the UK for climbing and ice climbing so enjoy it to the full.

For latest snow, road and weather conditions call Ski Hotline Scotland on 09001 654 658
For general information from the Ski Centre, call them direct on 01855 851 226

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