Best Family Skiing Holidays in Scotland
Scotland is a popular skiing destination for UK adrenalin junkies who do not want to travel too far. Whilst the weather can be unpredictable, a skiing trip to Scotland can be a great UK getaway for those wanting to fit in a little skiing when the snow begins to fall. We look at some of the best destinations for skiing in Scotland for those who are ready and raring to go when the weather looks good.
Situated in the stunning Cairngorms National Park, this popular Highlands destination will not disappoint you. Open from late December until early April (depends on weather) Aviemore has everything you would expect from a European ski resort with cosy log cabins, luxurious hot tubs and Olympic quality ski slopes. This resort is great for families, with a wide range of activities on offer on and off the slopes. There are training session and private coaches available for beginners and the chance for experts to challenge themselves in a variety of snowsports. Locals and tourists alike flock to Aviemore on 25th and 26th January for their annual Husky Rally, which the kids are sure to love. Wildlife lovers are attracted to this resort for a variety of nature walks and natural retreat breaks, available throughout the season.
Cairngorm Mountain Ski Resort
Cairngorms is the most popular resort in Scotland and caters for all abilities. There is an onsite ski school for beginners, family friendly slopes and a selection of 30 km of runs for keen skiers to choose from. If you are visiting for the day you can buy a ski pass or if there for a longer break, you can purchase multiple day passes. There is also availability to hire equipment and snowsuits so that you do not have to invest a lot of money, if it is your first foray into skiing. As well as skiing, the resort holds regular walking and cycling tours and is home to a small railway system, for exploring the region’s fantastic views. There is no onsite accommodation but there are plenty of holiday cottages and B&B’s in the surrounding area, just think a warm log fire, a big blanket and a wee dram of whiskey to warm your toes after a long day on the slopes!
The Nevis Range
Home to the famous Ben Nevis, the Nevis range is an ideal skiing spot. Enjoy stunning views with the UK’s only mountain Gondola before hitting the slopes for some winter fun. There are 12 lifts in total that cater to all skill levels and family activities. Snowboarding in this area is very popular amongst young skiers and there are winter mountain climbing excursions for experienced climbers. The Snowgoose mountain restaurant will supply you with good food and Après-Ski drinks, just as if you were in a traditional Swiss ski resort. With plenty of hotels to be found in nearby Fort William and log cabins around the surrounding Lochs, Nevis offers you an idyllic winter break.
The Glencoe Mountain resort is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty on Rannoch Moor and offers stunning views of the area. It is arguably one of the most beautiful areas of the UK and definitely one of the top skiing and snowboarding spots in Scotland. With 7 lifts and 19 ski runs you can certainly enjoy a long winter break in Glencoe, with varying levels of terrain to challenge you. If you live nearby, you can purchase a season pass so that you can make the most of the good weather, else day passes are available for those coming from further afield. There is a great sledging slope that children will love and if the snow is not the best when you arrive there are biking, climbing and walking tracks so you can still get active. There are lots of B&Bs and hotels in surrounding areas but for a fun filled winter stay, you can stay onsite in one of the cute ‘Hobbit Houses’.
Situated in the Eastern Cairngorms, The Lecht looks and feels like traditional ski resorts that you would find in France or Switzerland. The mountain views are stunning, as you would expect from a National Park, and are worth the trip alone. The Lecht has 12 lifts in total and caters for all skill levels, however, it is particularly friendly for new beginners or those just finding their feet. There is also an opportunity to try out tubing, where you descend the mountain in a large tyre structure (similar to a donut on water), how fun does that sound? You can combine your skiing adventures with a break in nearby Aberdeen, where you can find a comfortable hotel at reasonable prices and enjoy a little culture as well as getting an adrenaline fix.
The biggest and most diverse ski resort, Glenshee, offers a staggering 22 lifts and 32 runs so you will be spoilt for choice. Skiing, snowboarding, sledging can be enjoyed alongside a wide range of winter activities. Glenshee boasts one of the best ski schools, with a particularly good children’s ski school available. You can stay on site in one of the idyllic lodges amongst the glens and enjoy après ski fun in the variety of bars and restaurants in the resort. There are special events throughout the season, including the ‘Highlander Freestyle Competition ‘on 4th February and the annual ‘Snow Day’ celebrations on 22nd January, with additional activities available and themed feasts to add to the festivities. Put on your ski mask and make most of the stunning views and drink in the scenery of Perthshire and Braemar for a truly unique Scottish break.
The Scottish snowsports season typically runs between December and April, although it varies from resort to resort. It is always advisable to check ski conditions of your destination before stepping out of your home, to avoid last minute disappointment.