02 October 2022.

Tomintoul, Skiing & Snowb...

Lecht 2090 as it markets itself is Tomintouls’ small compact and relatively – by UK standards at least – snow sure ski area. Its situation in a high exposed valley just a few miles south of Tomintoul is its main advantage. The weather systems that predominate in this part of the North Eastern Cairngorms often take their influence from the Arctic and sub Arctic regions of Northern Europe. And sometimes that can mean lots of the white stuff.

The slopes at the Lecht are ideally suited to beginners and intermediates who will find the majority of terrain is spot on. There are also a couple of more challenging runs but nothing that will really test experts. The snowsport area is relatively small, even by Scottish standards with the biggest vertical descent being less than 500 feet. However, there are actually twenty marked pistes and a well maintained freestyle fun park conditions permitting.

With its proximity to the Cairngorm, Glenshee and Lecht ski areas and given the Lecht’s strong snow record, Tomintoul is a pretty good base for visitors on a Scottish ski campaign, as long as they don’t mind the forty or so minute drive to the former two resorts.

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The Lecht is an ideal place for learners with fourteen out of the twenty runs being graded either green or blue. Beginners could happily spend a week here under the guidance of a local instructor and successfully progress to intermediate level.


ski rating

Intermediates that mostly enjoy easy cruising will find the Lecht right up their street. The more adventurous can spend more time tackling the few reds that the resort offers. It is also possible for competent intermediates to manage the black run off the Harrier tow in good conditions. Due to the small size of the area three days is probably the maximum time you would want to spend here.


ski rating

Top riders would get bored quickly. We only recommended visiting the Lecht if you are a day tripper and just need to slide.

Freestyle, Skier and BoarderCross

ski rating

For Freestylers there is a fun park with half pipe, jumps and slides quantity of snow permitting.