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Tourism Scotland - Skiing

Skiing in Scotland
Scottish Skiing is about having fun, improving skills & having
an enjoyable break in a superb environment

Look at weather data from every angle and the message is clear: Scotland's mountains catch the snow.

Ben Nevis, highest in Britain, has an average maximum depth of two metres of snow for 215 days between November and May. It is a neighbour to Nevis Range, one of Scotland's five ski areas. Braeriach, in the Cairngorms, is another of the high tops which has all but permanent snowfields.

Obviously the higher up you are, the more snow there is. Statistically, the Lowlands and the access roads get very little and usually stay clear, while only a little higher, there are much greater quantities.

Snowfall certainly varies from year to year. Sometimes it comes as early as October, while midsummer skiing is a regular feature.

So give Scottish skiing a try - it's easy to reach and great value.

What's it all about?
Skiing in Scotland means bigger, faster uplift (including Nevis Range's four seater chairlift); great catering facilities - you're certainly not going to lack creature comforts up on the snowfields; wide accommodation choice within easy distance of your chosen ski area, plus a whole range of attractions and things to do if you have non-skiers in the party, or just want a day off.

But one aspect of Scottish skiing hasn't changed. It's still friendly and unpretentious. Like golf in Scotland it's a democratic sport, enjoyed by all ages.

Don't feel you have to kit yourself out in the latest high-fashion clothing - though that's fine if you really want to. But skiing here is about fun, about improving skills and about having an enjoyable break in a superb environment.

We have something to offer both the serious powder - hound and parents with young families. And that special something is quality.

Scotland has 5 Ski areas

Ski Map 1. Nevis Range
2. Glencoe
3. Glenshee
4. The Lecht
5. Cairngorm

For latest snow, road and weather conditions call Ski Hotline Scotland on 09001 654654 or visit the Avalanche Information Service for up to date reports.

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