Snow is falling on Scotland’s mountains so why travel abroad when there are top ski resorts here in the UK?
From ski schools to Britain’s only mountain gondola, Londoner’s can make the most of their winter weekends with a trip to Scotland with overnight rail service Caledonian Sleeper.
Connecting London and Scotland’s ski resorts, the service offers a direct link to Aviemore, Fort William and Aberdeen with the added benefit of free transportation of ski and snowboard gear.
Embracing Scotland’s snow scene, Caledonian Sleeper has highlighted the country’s top destinations to ski or snowboard this winter.
CairnGorm Mountain, Aviemore
Based close to the town and tourist resort of Aviemore, CairnGorm Mountain is one of Scotland’s most popular skiing locations due the mix of a long season and great aprés ski entertainment.
Located at the top station of the CairnGorm Mountain railway is the Ptarmigan, the highest restaurant in the UK. Offering great panoramic views down to Loch Morlich and across to Ben Nevis, the restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy a hearty meal following a full day of skiing.
For those keen for something livelier, the area’s Groove CairnGorm festival provides plenty of entertainment off the slopes. As the UK’s only resort based snowsports and music festival, the event offers the chance to see acts including 2 Many Djs and Norman Jay MBE. This year’s festival takes place on Friday 23 and Saturday 24 February.
Nevis Range, Fort William
Nevis Range’s dramatic scenery and steep slopes attract both ski enthusiasts and those keen to make the most of Scotland’s beauty.
The destination is home to Britain’s only gondola system which provides perfect views of the area and its snowy scene. Originally constructed on the mountain of Aonach Mor, just seven miles from Fort William, as way to transport skiers to the slopes, the gondola is also used by climbers keen to cut out challenging routes.
A highly acclaimed attraction, visitors can take the gondola and enjoy a scenic ride which offers views from as high as 2150ft. The round trip journey takes approximately 30 minutes to complete with each gondola accommodating up to six people.
As the gateway to the mountain ski resort, Fort William is also set to host the annual Mountain Festival from Wednesday 21 until Sunday 25 February. Boasting an exciting programme of events, this year visitors can enjoy winter activities and workshops, the Mountain Culture Awards, themed films, exhibitions and live talks.
Located within the Cairngorm National Park, Glenshee Ski Centre boasts over 40km of pistes for skiing and snowboarding.
With an impressive 22 lifts and 36 runs, the destination’s diverse and natural terrain is great for all levels of skiers and snowboarders. Lessons can be arranged via joining a class, making the most of a private session or hiring an instructor for a small group with package deals available.
Ski touring is also available from the centre, allowing experienced skiers and snowboarders to make the most of newly groomed pistes outwith opening times. During opening hours, the areas outside of fences can also be used with a ski touring code available from the local ski patrol.
To find out more about Caledonian Sleeper or to make a reservation, visit sleeper.scot.