Scotland's first ski centre at Glencoe began life in the 'fifties with just a few dedicated weekenders and a friendly makeshift atmosphere. The resort is located by Scotland's West Coast and was the only lift-served ski centre in the area until Nevis Range opened about 50km (30 miles) to the north in the late 1980s.In recent years Glencoe has linked with Glenshee ski centre on Scotland's East coast to offer combined season passes and mid-week passes . Located close to the the site of the historic massacre, Glencoe Ski Centre is set amid some of Scotland's most stunning and truly awesome scenery on Rannoch Moor. The ski slopes themselves are on Meall a'Bhuiridh (pronounced 'male a voorree') - the Gaelic name of the actual mountain you ski on. It stands alongside the Buchaille Etive (gaelic for 'Shepherd of the Glen'). The one-man chair which originally transported skiers from the base has now become a museum piece having been replaced by a modern chairlift. The long trek across the Plateau to reach the first lift, which used to be the only way to get up the slopes, is now a thing of the past. Skiers and boarders now ride a lift which has transformed the Plateau into what many consider Scotland's best beginner area. Glencoe today remains a compact ski area - you will easily find your way around - but it offers a wide variety of terrain nonetheless, including Scotland's steepest on-piste run, the Flypaper. On arrival at the base station a modern restaurant with stunning views over the surrounding landscape now provides a welcoming meeting point for skiers and there's even a museum worthy of a visit, displaying the history of the resort.
Scotland's original ski centre began life as a weekend haunt for dedicated enthusiasts. Still regarded by many as the country's best ski centre, with a world-class vertical, it is located in an awesome location at the South end of a spectacular valley. The centre is now open 7 days with optional high-value packages including ski-hire and instruction (based on-slope) and lift pass. A wide variety of accommodation is available locally.