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Believe it or not, Scotland has a lot to offer in terms of getting out and on to the snow. There are 5 ski resorts and during the peak season between January and April we run as many trips as possible. There are over 100km of groomed piste and acres of incredible back country freeriding. Here in Edinburgh we are extremely lucky to be situated so close to these areas, which on their day can rival any in Europe. As soon as winter comes and the heavens deliver pure white perfection, we pile into minibuses and head north to get our fix. Be sure to check the EUSSC page for more information about these trips and how to get involved!
These trips can be accomplished in a day as the resorts are just a few hours north of Edinburgh meaning an early start can give you a full day's skiing. With weekend rental from our lock up for £10 these trips can be done on a super small budget and make for a great weekend escape. Not only that, but team members that take up a full car to the highlands can get their petrol paid for by the club!
In second semester, we head up north for various freestyle competitions at Glencoe and the Cairngorms mountain resort. We also head north for the 'Scottish Freedom Series', which is Scotland's very own freeride competition involving three separate competitions in February and March, followed by a final at the end of March!
Glenshee - Being within easy striking distance from Edinburgh (couple of hours drive) and with 40km of downhill this is the best for that spontaneous ski trip. The resort is isolated - at the top of a desolate glen - with skiing on both sides of the road. Sunny Side is a good warmer-upper and the Tiger is great for moguls or dicing on ice.
Cairngorm - With 40km of runs this is extensive by Scottish standards - at least that's when the runs are open. Often suffers from either too much or too little snow. Nearby Aviemore offers a variety of apres-ski activities or apres boarding (this resort is popular with the single-plankers).
Nevis Range - (Fort William) The newest and most continental of the resorts (complete with gondola) but further to go than the two above resorts for Edinburghers. Main slope can get a little exposed to the winds, but on a good day has great views. Facilities of Fort William are very close.
Glencoe Mountain - The first chairlift opened here in 1961. There are just seven lifts at this resort, but its no-frills approach and better-than-average snow make it a favourite with some. Varied terrain appeals to boarders looking for something different. It also boasts the steepest marked run in Scotland, the Fly Paper. Well worth an afternoon or a day trip
The Lecht - The most limited in terms of ski area but the gentler pistes offer a good place for learners who want to begin on the white stuff.
For the latest up-to-the-minute information and webcams, visit the Ski Scotland website here.
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