Nevis Range Mountain Ski Centre
Just up the road from Glencoe, barely more than a half hour, we find Nevis Range Mountain Ski Centre. It has the second highest point of elevation, reaching 1221 meters (4005ft), and has a great number of slopes to glide down, 35 in total. This is largely made up of blue tracks, totaling 17. The rest are 5 black, 7 red, and 6 green. Such variety provides plenty of runs for intermediate and advanced skiers.
Moreover, what really makes the Nevis range special and exciting is the easy access to the back corries. There are a total of 7 routes on the Coire Dubh hill, with two more accessible from the Aonach Mor. These runs are definitely reserved for experienced skiers and snowboarders, and local experts should be consulted before attempting any of them
Like any good ski resort Nevis has a decent combination of Snowsport lessons. 2hours will cost an adult £44 and a junior £40. They offer discounts the more days you take lessons. 4 days of classes will set you back £150. Private and group lessons are also available, and they even have a small child special, similar to Glencoe’s “Megadeal”, which includes ski rental, 1hr private lesson and a lift pass for £45. Great for kids starting out.
Prices at Nevis Ski Centre
For the rest of us, it’s also good news. The daily ski pass is great value. An adult day pass costs just £21 while juniors up to 17 years old costs £11.50. There are other discounts for families and you can even take your dog up for free. A day ticket for a family of 2+2 costs £54.50. You can check out more prices here.
Where to eat at Nevis Ski Centre?
On-site you have two options. The Pinemartin Cafe and Bar sits at the base of Aonach Mor, while the Snowgoose Restaurant & Bar is up at the Gondola top station. Something important to keep in mind is that both are closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The rest of the days the Pinemartin Cafe is open from 9am to 5pm, while the Snowgoose operates from the slightly later 9:30am to 4:30pm.
At the snowgoose you can expect to find hot soup, hotdogs, sausage rolls, steak & gravy pies, burgers and even vegan chili & rice dish. At the Pinemartin Cafe you’ll find jacket potatoes, pies, salads, special daily meals and lots of tea, coffee and cakes. The food is all home cooked and locally sourced. You’re guaranteed a good re-charge.
It has been confirmed to us by management that there won’t just be takeaway food available, and that the indoor seating area will be open. Of course, due to social distancing rules it will be a bit more limited.
For anything else, Fort William is just 12 mins down the road, and has everything you’re going to need. Plenty of seafood restaurants, Scottish and British classics, pub food, steak houses. You won’t be short of options in Fort William.
Where to stay at Nevis Ski Centre?
As with the other resorts in Scotland there are a large selection of Hotels, Guesthouses, Bed and Breakfasts and Cottages to be found in the Fort William area, just 15 away by car.
There are so many options that we’re just going to mention some of the standouts. Maybe most notably is Inverlochy Castle, and it’s only 3,6 miles from the Nevis Mountain Ski Resort. It’s expensive, no doubt, but ridiculously luxurious. In the winter season two people sharing a room can spend per night between £365 to £665 for a suite. So for a week that’s £2190 – £3990. It does include breakfast though, and children are allowed.
A more modest option might be The Grange, a Victorian townhouse with views of the Loch. Ok, not that modest. But still only 7.4 miles away from the resort. This is a couples only stay though, with no pets allowed either. They have two suites ranging from £1170 to £1350.
For a lot more options, which are much more reasonably priced, you can check this out a well put together well designed list provided by the Fort William tourist office: click here.
There are a ton of options available through AirBnb too. Our search revealed more than 125 results. Most are full houses, beautiful cottages and lodges, and just being in the area almost guarantees incredible views. The prices span from £78 – £220 a night, sleeping from 4 to 10 people. Although 6 is probably going to be the limit for a while. That works out at between £468 – £ 1320 for the week. A bargain if you’re sharing.
What else can you do near Nevis Ski Centre?
As Scotland’s second largest town, Fort William, is just down the road from Nevis Mountain Ski Resort, there are lots of things to do there. Although, the most fun actually still happens on Nevis Mountain: Paragliding. You use the same Gondola at the ski resort to get to the launch point. Being at 2,000 meters provides an incredible backdrop for a tandem flight. The company that organise the flights is called Beyond Extreme, and it’s definitely something that requires a call to plan.
Aside from extreme sports, the Fort William area offers some cultural attractions too: Old Inverlochy Castle, Steall Waterfall, Ben Nevis mountain and even the Jacobsite Steam Train, although that might merit its own holiday trip.
How to get there to the Nevis Centre?
As Nevis Mountain Ski Resort is just up the road from Glencoe, the travel routes and options are basically identical, you just need to add on about an extra half hour. The good news is that you will be going through the same beautiful Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park.
Need more information?
For more information and to contact Nevis Range Ski Resort directly follow this link.
Before you to Nevis Mountain Ski Centre
Check out our article about Skiing in Scotland and Covid restrictions.