Cairngorm Mountain Ski Resort
Located above the resort town of Aviemore in the Cairngorms National Park, Cairngorm Mountain is perhaps Scotland’s best-known resort.
Sadly the funicular railway that accesses the upper mountain will not run until summer 2020 at the earliest due to engineering defects, but this does not mean the resort will be closed. £1 million has been spent on an all-season artificial snowfactory and numerous snow machines to ensure that snowsports can run using surface lifts only. These lifts will provide access to 30km of varied slopes, including steep challenges in Ciste Gully.
The town of Aviemore is the resort’s base, a short drive or bus ride away. It can be easily reached from Edinburgh or Glasgow by train and there are numerous accommodation options, ranging from campsites and hostels through to traditional hotels. The town has Scotland’s most “resort-like” feel and there is also a decent selection of pubs and restaurants.
As with all Scottish resorts, conditions can at times be unreliable, but on a good day, skiing in Scotland can rival the world’s best – and you’d be certainly hard pushed to find more spectacular scenery. For this reason stay as flexible as possible and be prepared to drop everything and dash to the mountains when conditions are good!
Our Cairngorm Mountain Resort Ratings
- Beginner ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ (reduced due to funicular closure)
- Intermediate ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
- Advanced ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
- Lift System ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ (reduced due to funicular closure)
- Snowmaking ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
- Off Snow Activities ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
- Accessibility ★ ★ ★ ★ ★