Whichever ski area you choose in Scotland, you will need to head north from the Central Belt into the Highlands. The most famous and longest established ski area is in the Cairngorms but consider lesser known parts of Scotland for a completely different ski experience.
The largest skiing area in Scotland is centrally located in the Highlands and close to the town of Aviemore. The season generally runs from December to April. Cairngorm offers a wide range of skiing options with a mix of gentle runs for beginners, to eight red and one black run for those relishing a challenge. There is plenty of accommodation as well as bars and restaurants in Aviemore and the surrounding villages.
This range, which includes Ben Nevis, is higher than the Cairngorms and offers skiing later into the year than other parts of Scotland. Nevis Range is famous for the off-piste Black Corries, offering some of Scotland's most challenging skiing and, when snow conditions are poor, there is also an artificial slope to practise on. If snowboarding is more your thing, check out the specially constructed Boardwide Terrain Park, with obstacles and jumps to help you hone your skills.
Glencoe is slightly inland from the Nevis Range and features some of the most dramatic mountain scenery in Scotland. This is the ideal spot for skiing beginners, as the plateau area is relatively flat. There are 20 ski runs in total and free sledge hire for those wishing to take it easy.