Can't steal time away from the desk this winter? Or struggling to pull together the pennies for a trip to the Alps? Well fear not - because great skiing can be found in Scotland and the North of England if you know where to look.
While local resorts may enjoy seasons that are better measured in weeks or days, when the snow comes they are definitely worth the visit and there’s nothing quite like a slide around on the local hills and farm lands. Not to mention you can pack the car with as much equipment as you like and take a sandwich for lunch.
Here are a few ideas to inspire a skiing staycation closer to home:
The friendly little town of Ski-Allenheads sits on the edge of an old lead mining village, about an hour’s drive from Newcastle. The club runs two semi-permanent tows and several portable tows during the winter, offering runs in a sheltered 120m field that holds the snow well. Even when other roads are blocked the centre is easily accessible, and the ski area is often quiet.
Lying above the town of Aviemore, which probably hosts the UK’s best après ski, the ski area at Cairngorm caters for all abilities. A modern funicular whisks skiers up the mountain and a large selection of greens, blues and reds await. The resort has invested heavily over recent years, adding brand new snow machines, the UK’s first halfpipe and the best terrain park in country to its already impressive armoury.
Glencoe has recently been served a healthy dumping of snow and is known as Scotland’s “original ski area”. With 7 lifts and 9 runs including the longest and steepest run in Scotland, Glencoe has something to please everyone. The resort is situated on Rannoch Moor and offers stunning views of the iconic Buachaille Etive Mor.