05 October 2022.

Braemar, Skiing & Snowboa...

Glenshee is Scotland’s largest snowsport area with over 40 kilometres of marked piste plus some reasonable opportunities for off-piste riding too. When conditions are good Glenshee offers riders of all abilities some excellent sport on interesting and varied terrain. Most of the runs are relatively short with one or two exceptions. Glas Maol in the third valley offers several longish routes including an extremely steep black section that could almost rival
Glencoe’s infamous “Fly Paper”. Also the route from the top of the Carn Aosda tow via Butcharts Coire can prove a bit of a thigh burner.

The ski area is fifteen minutes away from Braemar by car. With a base elevation of 2132 feet Glenshee is the highest mountain domain in Scotland accessible directly by car. It also happens to be served by the highest public access road in the United Kingdom. Alternatively the Lecht 2090 ski area in the opposite direction can be reached within a half hours drive.

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Beginners are well catered for with numerous flat areas to slide around on while they learn the basics. On the Cairnwell side of the road there are three lifts specifically for beginners and moving on from there the resort has several long gentle green runs on which to build up confidence.


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Glenshee has lots of challenges for intermediate riders. From the short and fast red and blue pistes on Cairnwell and Carn Aosda to the long red trails down from the summit of Glas Maol plus everything in between. Challenging bump runs, drop off’s, gulley’s galore and well groomed pistes all feature in Glenshee’s arsenal. This is Scotland’s very own three valleys.


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Advanced riders will find a challenge or two here. The infamous Tiger looms ominously over the main car park sometimes offering riders a very bumpy and icy descent. Fall in these conditions, and invariably you end up back in the car park. After fresh snowfall both the Cairnwell and Carn Aosda peaks serve up some off-piste delights. Glas Maol too has its steeps – check out the North Face, a short but technical near vertical wall. Failing to perform is only likely to cost you your dignity as the run out comes quickly in the form of a shallow sloped gully.

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Freestylers will find many natural jumps forming from the Butcharts to Meall Odhar. Butcharts Gully and Coire Fionn Gully can provide half pipe like environments when conditions permit. Both are a great blast most of the time.