If you were hoping for a skiing or snow filled holiday or adventure this year, you might be thinking twice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But there may be some hope. Did you know that the UK is home to some of its own ski resorts? Yes, you really can ski in the UK and we don’t just mean indoor snow domes and outdoor dry ski slopes, we really do mean the real white stuff.
1. Glenshee, Perth and Kinross (Scotland)
With over 25 miles of downhill ski runs across four mountains, Glenshee claims to be one of the UK’s largest ski resorts. In total, there are 36 runs and 22 lifts, ideal for skiers and snowboarders alike. The café is open all year round, but the ski centre is open for Snowsports from December to April. For the more adventurous, the resort even boasts a natural half pipe and a slalom racetrack.
2. Nevis Range, Fort William (Scotland)
In the Scottish tourist destination of Fort William, you’ll find Scotland’s newest ski resort, Nevis Range. With 12 miles of ski runs and some amazing scenery, Nevis Range boasts 12 lifts including a mountain gondola as well as a restaurant and ski shop.
Plus, the resort is open in the summer months, too, making it ideal for walking and mountain biking. The mountain gondola also remains open all year round.
3. Glencoe Mountain Resort, Argyll (Scotland)
Suitable for all abilities, Glencoe Mountain Resort has 20 different ski runs and 8 lifts that are perfect for skiers and snowboarders alike. With some gentle incline runs ideal for beginners and some steep, and long runs, it’s easy to see why Glencoe is a popular resort. Plus, it also has accommodation on site including Micro lodges, caravan hook ups and tent pitches (if you’re feeling brave).
4. Cairngorm Mountain, Aviemore (Scotland)
A popular destination for snow enthusiasts throughout the UK, Cairngorm Mountain has been around for over half a century. With a season which typically lasts from December to April, this resort has 11 lifts and a funicular railway to take you to the summit. With ski runs totalling 30 kilometres, you’ll find something to satisfy all abilities.
If you’re new to skiing, want to refresh or are a little nervous, the resort also offers lessons for all abilities and there’s even a café, so you can warm yourself up for the afternoon.
5. Raise, Helvellyn (England)
Believe it or not, the Lake District Ski Club is one of many in the north of England. There’s a button lift which runs at weekends when the conditions are right alongside 9 runs. You’ll need to be a member though (which is considerably cheaper than some ski passes abroad) and have some experience. Check the conditions before you go though as it can be a little unpredictable.
What About Indoors?
If you’re new to the sport or would prefer to be indoors, then there are plenty of indoor ski domes across the country where you can get lessons, or if you have experience, can ski and board to your heart’s content. Plus, many of these centres also have other activities like sledging, swimming or if you just want to chill, cafes and restaurants where you can watch your loved ones having fun.