You may not see massive scale peak after peak as in the Alps and the resorts may not be as big, but Scotland’s five main ski resorts, Nevis Range, Glencoe, Glenshee, Cairngorms and The Lecht are experiencing a resurgence, reports the Daily Mail, aided by the amount of powdery snow the country has received during the last two winters.
If you’re a beginner, the Lecht ski centre (www.lecht.co.uk) in the eastern Cairngorms about 90 minutes from Aberdeen, is for you. A far cry from just the wooden hut it offered on opening in 1977, Lecht now has a ski school, ski hire and a welcoming cafe. There are 13 lifts, including a ‘magic carpet’ the children love, and six snow cannons ensure plenty of skiing. The longest half-mile run is a black so there’s something for experienced skiers too. Stay at the Hilton Craigenddaroch (01339 755858, www.hilton.co.uk) in Ballater, which has rooms from £109.
More challenging than Lecht, Glencoe (www.glencoemountain.com) is arguably the most scenic of the Scottish resorts and is now being transformed into an international ski centre with a freestyle park. It already boasts two excellent cafés, one up-mountain, where you can refuel in style without the ‘posing’ you may have to suffer in some resorts.
Visit www.ski.visitscotland.com for up-to-the-minute information on snow conditions, weather reports and accommodation. It also lists which runs and lifts are open at each resort.
Take a cheap flight to Inverness, Glasgow, Edinburgh or Aberdeen and then hire a car or take the Caledonian Sleeper train (www.scotrail.co.uk) from London Euston, Preston and Carlisle to Aviemore, Blair Atholl or Gleneagles.