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March 01, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 144

Looking out my window in a small city in England, the sun is creeping through the clouds, the temperature is mild, and the chance of me having some winter sports fun is edging on zero. I sit here in utter jealously of our European counterparts with their mountain ranges and ski resorts. The only option I have is to book myself onto a ski package holiday and spend my hard earned cash on the slopes of Chamonix or Val d'Isere.

This is of course total codswallop. During the winter months we need look no further than the fantastic Highlands of Scotland for our snow sports fun. There is no need to phone the airlines and book ourselves on a cheap no frills flight to Andorra, instead pack up the boot and fill up with petrol, stick a good tune on the IPod and sit back and enjoy the ride. There are five ski resorts in Scotland, all offering great skiing and snowboarding conditions. The Nevis Range Ski Scotland resort located close to Fort William has skiing and snowboarding up to 1190 metres (3,900 feet), with skiing standards from beginners up to off-piste black runs for the pros amongst us. Not too far up the road is the Glencoe Mountain ski and snowboard resort, with its 19 runs across 7 lifts, including the longest and steepest runs in Scotland.

If you're looking for the largest winter sport resort in the UK, then look no further than the 2,000 acre, 36 runs Glenshee Ski Centre. With a base elevation of 2,132ft with over 40km of pisted ski runs, this Aberdeenshire ski resort has something for all levels of skiers and snowboarders, including 8 green, 13 blue, 13 red, and 2 black runs. Size isn't everything as I'm sure you've all heard, and this is never truer when talking about the Lecht 2090 ski resort, situated in Scotland's largest National Park cast in the beauty of the Eastern Cairngorms in Aberdeenshire. Based 2090ft above sea level (hence its name), the Lecht 2090 Ski Scotland resort is set over 20kms with 18 pisted runs, including 7 blue and five red. The Lecht 2090 has specialist facilities for the adventurous freestyle snowboarders. These facilities include rails, box table top and jumps, and an on-site half pipe cutter. Last, but not least is the CairnGorm Mountain Ski Area, Aviemore, based at the beautiful Cairngorms National Park. On this Ski Scotland resort you can enjoy incredible views across Aviemore, Strathspey and further afield in Scotland, so as you traverse down one of the 30km of pisted runs you can soak up the famous views that Scotland has to offer. The CairnGorm Mountain ski resort is particularly well suited to cross country skiing, and has great facilities for disability snowsports.

So, am I joking when I say you can have some fantastic skiing in the UK, well, as I have just shown, NO, I am not joking. Five amazing mountain Ski Scotland resorts are fully functioning during the winter months, and even when the snow has gone these areas are perfect for walking, climbing, and cycling.

This article was written and published by Kurt McHenry. If you would like to know more about Ski Scotland resorts and Skiing in Scotland in general visit Snow Pursuits Ski Scotland page for more information.

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