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Ski & Snowboarding Centres

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There are 2 Winter Ski Centres,  Glenshee & The Lecht.


Glenshee Ski Centre located above Braemar, is Scotlands largest ski and boarding area, extending over 2,000 acres, 4 mountains and 3 valleys.

Glenshee Ski Centre’s  36 different runs make a total of 40kms served by 22 lifts comprising:-

3 chairlifts       16 pomas      3 T  bars

The 36 runs comprise of  8 beginner (green) runs, 13 blue runs, 13 red runs, and 2 black runs.

There is a base station with a cafe, ski hire and shop,  2 further cafes on the mountain, snow making facilities and a terrain park.
Uplift capacity with full snow cover is stated to be 15,460 per hour with 1,500ft ( 457m ) vertical descent.
Skis, boots, and snowboards are available for hire and there are ski schools.

Piste basher at Glenshee Ski Centre, Braemar, Royal Deeside.. If you have watched red deer in Glenshee bear in mind this is what it looks like in winter. Sunnyside ski slopes can be seen behind one of Glenshees's smaller Kassbohrer piste bashers. Behind the Sunnyside slopes are another 2 valleys of uplift, Meall Odhar and Glas Maol. Piste Basher is the popular European term for a snow groomer. To the right of the photo is the Baddoch chairlift which links the base station to Cairnwell, Carn Aosda and Butcharts ski and board areas. Cairnwell is derived from a gaelic name meaning "hill of bags" www.dsider.co.uk dSider whats on guide Glenshee.Photography by Bill Bagshaw photography courses & photography studio Aboyne (Bill Bagshaw/M.Williams/Bill Bagshaw, www.dsider.co.uk)

Lecht Ski Centre

Lecht Ski Centre is at the top of the pass between Strathdon & Tomintoul and features 12 different lifts; including a 3 man chairlift; plus a travelator aimed at beginners.  A  travelator is a moving pavement or “magic carpet” type of uplift.  Snow canons are used to extend the snow cover on most runs.  Uplift consists of:-

1 travelator

1 three man chair

3 nursery slope lifts

4 intermediate poma tows

3 advanced poma tows with challenging runs

There is a modern self service cafe, ski and boot hire, plus a ski school and a rail park.