Composed of largely parallel roadside drag lifts, the Lecht has also invested in snow making technology in recent seasons, paying dividends in snow cover through unpredictable Scottish winter weather. It also offers a range of alternatives to skiing and boarding and opened a new £1m base lodge with all facilities. The nearest hotel is in Corgarff.
This a a very compact ski area - with the the skiing right there only a short distance from the car park. The Lecht caters for every level of skier from beginner to racer. For first time skiers there is an excellent nursery area with five tows specifically for beginners. Petrel, Bunting, Wren and Robin are all easy green runs, easily accessible from the car park. Grouse, Eagle and Osprey are all intermediate blue runs while advanced skiers can enjoy the more challenging Buzzard and Falcon. For expert skiers there is the Harrier, a challenging black run. Racers can time themselves on the race piste with its own computer timing system and Rapid slalom poles. A big plus point for the Lecht is that being inland it's more sheltered than some other Scottish ski resorts, therefore avoiding high winds.
The friendly atmosphere and generally unintimidating open ski area make the Lecht a good choice for families. The Lecht has been a pioneer of fun family snow sports, besides skiing and boarding, such as tubing. Non-outdoor/snow based family facilities in the area are limited, as is the choice of eateries. Aviemore is a possible base for ski trips to the Lecht and it has a whole host of family facilities.
The Lecht has its own cafe bar and self service restaurant which offers basic fayre and occasional specials. The nearest hotel is the Allargue Arms at Corgarff which is 3 miles (5km) away. Or theres the Gordon Arms or the Glen Avon, both in Tomintoul 6 miles (10km) away.
The après ski centres around local pubs and hotels in Tomintoul and other surrounding villages such as Grantown on Spey, Glenlivet, Ballindalloch, Strathdon and Ballater. During the ski season there are often ceilidhs, live music and discos.
The Lecht was one of the first areas in Scotland to offer snowboard instruction and has subsequently hosted numerous competitions. Its fun park is well equipped - it has table tops, log slides, gap jumps and a full-length half-pipe so freestyle facilities are excellent. The resort offers plenty of varied terrain for boards with the Buzzard and Falcon runs offering challenging terrain and the Harrier black run testing even the most experienced rider.