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Tourism Scotland - Skiing


The Glenshee Ski Centre in the southern Cairngorms is the most extensive in Scotland with a phenomenal uplift capacity over three valleys and four mountains. The longest run is the celebrated red run on Glas Maol stretching no less than 2km, though this area lends itself to much more than downhill. Cross-country, telemarking and complete beginners are all fully catered for with a wide range of hire and instruction facilities.

The picturesque landscape also lends itself to a myriad of other outdoor activities apart from skiing and boarding. The variety of winter pursuits is immense, from traditional sports such as golf to hill walking, climbing and winter survival courses in the mountains. Have a go at ice axe breaking at the top of snowfilled gullies, gorge scrambling through rocky chasms, or try out some of the mountain bike routes in the area. Some local operators organise one or two day tours for the more adventurous.

The enormous number of runs at Glenshee means that there is something for every level of skier and boarder. You would have to stay months to tire of the magnificent snowbowls, snowboard fun park and 38 pistes. Covering as many runs as possible is a tradition here, enabled by the ease of access. Around a third of the lifts start at the side of the main A93 road. The nursery areas and extensive on-site hire facilities also have this idea situation. Intermediate skiers & boarders are well catered for with a full 26 blue and red runs. And those who love Nordic adventures can explore the inviting open country on either side of the glen. Ask locally for advice on routes.

Tuition and ski or board hire is available for all levels, ages and inclinations. The ultimate thrill for the serious snowsports fanatic is to tackle the infamous mogul-strewn Tiger run, for beginners the Bunny Run is a special treat: a gentle descent along the ridge offering spectacular views across to Meall Odhar and Glas Maol. For the cross country expert, the undulating plateau which runs out east and west is irresistable.

Away from the skiing area there is a beguiling variety of activities to suit the adventure seeker. Learn to horseride at one of the centres in the area, or explore further afield for the more experienced. Local activity operators on Deeside offer a range of pursuits from quadbiking on the moors to racing round a field in a pilot buggy. And if these aren't challenging enough for you, you can even command a tank or JCB for the afternoon!  For quieter pursuits you can go wildlife watching or fishermen can have a field day in the rich rivers - including the salmon season which starts on the Dee in early February.

For latest snow, road and weather conditions call Ski Hotline Scotland on 09001 654 656
For general information from the Ski Centre, call them direct on 01339 741 320

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