Skiing / Snowboarding

 

When you think about going away for a skiing or snowboarding holiday, the UK and Ireland are definitely not locations that come top of your list. On the other hand, you may or may not know that there are some truly spectacular ski resorts be found in Scotland and northern England. Cut down your carbon footprint and take a self-catering cottage skiing holiday in the UK and enjoy the thrill of skiing or snowboarding, whether its on the intense slopes of the Scottish Mountains or within one of the new ski centres that are popping up all over the UK and Ireland. Below are the top locations for skiing and snowboarding in the UK:

Most of the best ski resorts in the UK are found in Scotland, boasting five fantastic ski centres with magnificent runs you wont be disappointed by a skiing holiday in Scotland. Glenshee sells itself as the most extensive skiing location in Scotland because of its 25 miles of downhill runs which cover four mountains. It is the largest resort in the UK and boasts three valleys, 21 lifts and tows and 36 runs. Families can enjoy a wonderful sledging experience and the ski school can provide some fantastic lessons for beginners or developing skiers or snow boarders. Why not hit the slopes during the day and then snuggle down in front of an open fire in your very own cottage for the evening.

Glencoe is the next one of our top locations to Ski in the UK, it is the oldest Ski resort in Scotland and has a fantastic reputation amongst more experienced Skiers. You will find breathtaking scenery and a fabulous choice of runs including the famous 'Flypaper' which is the UK's steepest black run. If you are an advanced and experienced skier or snow boarder then Glencoe is the must visit location however there is also a plateau area which is perfect for beginners to the snow sports.

Lecht is described as being great for beginners to snow sports due to its smaller size and consistent snow, especially as there is actually a snow making facility. Found in the eastern Cairngorm this fantastic resort is accessed by one of the most beautifully scenic roads in Scotland so take your time and make sure you appreciate all the sights as you arrive. The resorts consists of 18 pisted runs extending to some 20km and multiple graded runs to suit all abilities. When conditions allow there is even the possibility of a half-pipe and fun park for experienced snow boarders and freestyle skiers. Lecht also has a fantastic winter attraction, snow tubing!

At the Nevis Range you will find skiing up until late spring, this is due to the fact that skiing can be had from up to 1190m on Scotland's eighth highest mountain, the Aonach Mor Mountain. To get to the base of the Snow sports area you will have to arrive by gondola, which lifts passengers from the carpark just above sea level to 650m. You will find some great beginners runs with even an artificial slope for skiing when the snow is lean. Further up the mountain however you will find extensive red and black runs as well as the acclaimed Boardwise terrain park. There is also the opportunity to try something new with snowshoeing, sledging and even snow biking!

Cairngorm Mountain has a spectacular reputation of being one of the most beautiful places to ski in the UK, it is also Scotland's most popular resort and can be found between Perth and Inverness. Starting with a unique train experience to the Ptarmigan Top Station you will experience some wonderful panoramic views of the surrounding National Park. During the winter there is a great range of routes for your descent with the longest run being 3.3km of the 7 runs available. There are also 12 lifts including the funicular train that service the resort.

Apart from Scotland there are a few other resorts for you to choose from to enjoy a fantastic UK ski or snowboard holiday. Raise in the Helvellyn area of the lake district, Cumbria was founded in 1936 by some enthusiastic skiers who were looking for somewhere to ski in the Lake District. You can now enjoy fantastic skiing here during the winter when the weather is satisfactory, visitors will have to pay club membership and daily two fee.

Yad Moss in Cumbria is also another option for a ski holiday with a country cottage in the UK. This fantastic resort is not suitable for beginners but boasts two pistes and a new slope-side cafe.

Harwood Common, County Durham is our next location to go skiing in the UK, it is a south facing slope with two parallel rope tows and operates during the weekends and school holidays and also whenever there is sufficient snow. You can enjoy a fantastic 500m run and there is no need to book when deciding on a visit, just turn up and hit the slope!

Northumberland also boasts some great skiing and snowboarding at Allenheads which is a ski area operated by the British Norwegian Ski Club. It has two permanent tows and welcomes all ability of skier and snow boarder, especially families however you will need to bring along your own skies and boards.

Swinhope Moor, Weardale in county Durham can provide conditions close to Alpine as you are likely to get in the UK. It is entirely possible to get a 1km run if the snow is good and there are two button operated tows. A day membership cost will apply.

 

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