Scotland’s highest ski area the Nevis Range is also considered as one of the most imposing, a special atmosphere and sense of open space is held in these grand mountains, which must be experienced. Especially the heart stopping off-piste expanse in the ‘back corries’ which many deem to be the best in the country, with challenging cornices, drop offs and ridges to explore, definitely not for the faint hearted. A variety of green runs also cater for the beginner and are just a step off the only mountain gondola in the UK. A well developed terrain park is situated on the snowsure summit runs with rails suited to those venturing into a terrain park for the first time as well as the more dedicated free riders.
This is the newest of Scotland's five ski resorts and boasts Scotland's only gondola access from the bottom to middle station. Including this there are 12 lifts; 3 chairs, 3 t-bars, 4 pomas and l trainer tow.
The skiing here above the beautiful town of Fort William is quite breathtaking and on a clear day you can see (nearly) forever.
You are skiing below Ben Nevis, Britain's highest peak, and with 35 runs to select from - including 5 black and 11 red - this is a resort for the keenest of enthusiasts.There are some touch red and black runs in the area known as Coire Dubh.
The Snowgoose restaurant is located at the middle station where all the skiing really begins. The facilities are very good and include shops. From the top of the mountain (Aonach Mor) you will literally be skiing on top of Britain at 4000ft and skiing has been know here in mid-summer! Over the back are spectacular black runs with good off-piste skiing, but do take a guide.There is free first aid and the members of the ski patrol can help you with information about the various runs. Never take risks - always seek advice!
The nearby town of Fort William is not only attractive, it offers a wide choice of accommodation at really excellent prices. Good standards of b&b can be found from as little as 15 per night. Half pension is available at around 20 pounds but of course there are inclusive packages from the Scottish Tourist Board.
For further information, please contact The Nevis Range Ski Centre on tel: 01397 705825 or at www.nevis-range.co.uk
If unsure about snow sport locations or the best times to travel visit www.ski-scotland.com for information on lift passes for all centres or accommodation. Ski Scotland is the umbrella organisation made up of the five ski centres, VisitScotland and Snowsport Scotland. In 2007 the organisation launched an SMS weather alert giving an early heads up for all those enthusiasts looking for a quick getaway. Just log on to the website and sign up to receive free alerts.