Glenshee Ski Centre, Scotland's 'Three Valleys' flanks each side of Britain's highest road pass and offers more lifts and marked piste kilometres then any other British ski centre. The Centre is close to Braemar where the annual 'Gathering' is staged, and the Queen's summer residence of Balmoral.
Serviced by the UK's largest ski lift system, the resorts runs extend over 3 valleys and 4 mountains to give an extensive and enjoyable variety of skiing and snowboarding. For those just beginning to ski or board the resort's nursery slopes, conveniently situated next to the main car park, are an ideal starting place. However, for skiers ready to venture that little bit further, the many lifts at car park level will help ease the progression, introducing skiers to the much larger area of novice runs. Intermediate skiers will be spoilt for choice with no less than 26 blue and red runs, varying from the long and exhilarating to the short and steep. Whilst advanced skiers or boarders will also enjoy the variety and challenge of these runs, there are two black runs which are considered to be a formidable part of the Scottish skiing experience - and have been for many years.
A family-friendly ski centre with plenty for the 'outdoors loving' child in the area - especially if you are based near tro Aberdeen or towards Aviemore where swimming pools, cinemas, theme parks and soft play centres are available. Glenshee ski centre's own ski school takes children aged six and over and the resort operates a crèche in high season for which its important to book ahead to ensure opening and a place.
The Spittal of Glenshee Hotel is the nearest to the ski slopes and has a reputation for serving superb food with a good atmosphere and cosy log fires. Many hotels and restaurants to choose from in the surrounding villages of Braemar, Blairgowrie, Ballater, Glenisla, Kirkmichael and Bridge of Cally.
Apres Ski tends to centre around the hotels in the area which usually have a lively atmosphere and feature regular ceilidhs and discos throughout the winter. A wide range of other amenities are available at Braemar, Blairgowrie, Ballater and the many surrounding villages of Spittal of Glenshee, Glensila, Kirkmichael and Bridge of Cally. Activities include gliding, golf, fishing, walking, mountain biking, bird watching, 4x4 off road, clay pigeon, swimming, riding, castle and whisky trails.
Host to the 2001 Scottish Snowboarding Championships, Glenshee has been the breeding ground for two British Champions. Whether freeriding or freestyling or just beginning, the on-hill terrain on offer is as varied as it is expansive, ranging from the natural quarter pipes and man made features of Butchart's Coire to the wide open expanses at Coire Fionn and Glas Maol to the gentle slopes of Claybokie and the Cluny's. "Scotland's secret treasure...if your first priority is snowboarding, then Glenshee is the place" Snowboard UK Magazine, 1997.