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Monday, 20th February 2017

Snowboard the Scottish Highlands


Snowboard in the Scottish Highlands -

With two great resorts less than 40 miles apart with the largest town in the Highlands situated comfortable between the two, and great local and on-site facilities the Outdoor Capital of the UK is a great destination for your next snowboard trip. 

Nevis Range Mountain Resort and Glencoe Mountain Resort offer something a little different but both give you the chance to enjoy a great day on the piste or in the park.

Nevis Range Mountain Resort

With skiing up to 1190 metres (3,900 feet) Nevis Range reaches high on to the mountain of Aonach Mor - Scotland's eighth highest - and offers skiing and boarding late into spring.

The base of the snowsports area is accessed by the UK’s only mountain gondola taking visitors from the car park just above sea level to 650 metres (2,150 feet). The beginner's area is literally a stone’s throw away from the Snowgoose restaurant at the top station, with a variety of easy green and blue graded runs. An artificial slope also provides skiing opportunities when snow is lean.

Further up the mountain is an extensive network of red and black runs, as well as the acclaimed Boardwise terrain park.

Here you'll also find the imposing off-piste expanse of the Back Corries with steep runs to challenge even the most experienced of skiers. Nevis Range also has a wide range of alternative winter activities to offer, from sledging to snowshoeing and even snow biking.

Nevis Range Back Corrie Area

WHAT IS IT?  It is an off-piste area offering challenging terrain and is not groomed.  Entry points are steep and the snow conditions can vary from deep powder to hard and icy snow pack. Information is made available regarding the weather, avalanche dangers, and status of the Back Corrie at the Gondola stations and at the Summit. When incomplete, it is not patrolled to the same extent as the main ski area. Skiers and snowboarders enter the area at their own risk.

IS IT FOR ME? It should only be considered by competent black run skiers and boarders.

HOW DO I GET THERE? The main entry points can be reached via Switch from the top of the Summit lift; Back Track is normally the recommended way in for those unfamiliar with the area, unless signposted otherwise.  Alternatively, some Back Corrie runs can be reached from Warren’s T-bar. Guides are sometimes available; contact the Snowsports School.

WHY IS IT SOMETIMES CLOSED? It is closed when skiing conditions are dangerous; slopes or cornices may be unstable posing a risk of avalanche, it may be icy or rocks may be exposed. You are advised to obey the signs at all times and never enter the area when it is closed. The Braveheart chair-lift may close at short notice during strong winds; check with the operator at the top before descending or you risk a long walk back. Braveheart also shuts prior to the main lifts at the end of each day.

MORE ADVICE? Speak to Ski Patrol, based in the hut at the top of the Summit tow.

ANYTHING ELSE TO KNOW? There is a long traverse leading out of the Back Corries to the main ski area, which may involve hiking out.

 See Ski Report | News & Events | Piste Map

 See  Snowboard Report | News & Events | Piste Map

Glencoe Mountain Resort

Glencoe Mountain Resort - the perfect setting for individuals, families and groups.

By contrast, Glencoe is the oldest ski area in Scotland. But it boasts some really good varied terrain, which suits snowboarders of all standards. The resort is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty on Rannoch Moor and offers stunning views of the iconic Buachaille Etive Mor.

In winter skiing, snowboarding, sledging and avalanche rescue training are available. 19 runs across 7 lifts catering for skiers and boarders of all levels, including the longest and steepest runs in Scotland.

In summer the centre offers mountain biking (Downhill and XC), orienteering, hill-walking, climbing, chairlift rides, photography, trail building, guided walks and home cooked food in the log cabin cafe.

See Snowboard Report | News & Events | Piste Map & More

If it's your first time on a snowboard or you need a refresher course you'll be in safe hands. Instructors are all professional BASI trained. BASP-trained teams of patrollers are always on hand with free medical attention at both resorts. Conditions in the Scottish mountains can vary considerably - and the wind chill can make 0c feel like – 8c so always be prepared and consider your layering and outerwear carefully. But most of all snowboarding in Scotland is Fun, so just enjoy the ride.

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