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Scotland has the only natural ski resorts in Britain. There are five areas in which to ski and all have invested heavily over the last few years to rival the standards in many European resorts. Cairngorm, Glenshee and The Lecht resorts can be found in the Grampian mountain range, while the Nevis Range and Glencoe resorts are situated in the west of Scotland near Ben Nevis.
The ski season tends to run from December to April and because low cost airline carriers fly to Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness, the cost of skiing keeps coming down. You can also ski in the Lake District in Cumbria when there is sufficient snow.
There are 77 real snow and artificial ski slopes in Great Britain. There are three real snow centres in England now, after Xscape in Castleford opened its doors in October. They are open all year round, give a real snow experience and allow people to try the sport without the expense of travelling to Scotland, the rest of Europe and beyond.
For those of you that like the idea of skiing in the wilds of winter, Scotland is the place to go. Leave the crowds, noise and rules behind and head for the isolated beauty of the snow covered Scottish Highlands. For the last two years Scotland has had the best ski seasons to date with perfect powder snow peaking in January, and expectations are high for this year as well.
Cairngorm is one of the largest mountain parks in Scotland, with 17 slopes and a host of apres ski activities in the local town Aviemore. And the good news is its only two and a half hours from Glasgow (three hours from Edinburgh), making it the perfect compliment to soaking up a bit of Scottish city culture whilst you’re there. Activities include skiing, terrain park, snowboarding and sledging. There are over 30km of ski runs and a fully maintained snow board fun park, suitable for all levels from beginner to expert. Cross Country, telemark, ski touring and ski mountaineering are also available from specialist operators. There is a recognised ski school that operates on site and Disability Snowsports UK also offer lessons for those with special needs.