The Lecht 2090 Ski Centre
The third and final ski resort of Cairngorm National Park, The Lecht 2090. It is so called because it’s 2090 feet (637m) above sea level. While they may have the least number of skiable kilometers of all the Scottish resorts (18km), their 12 ski lifts mean a quick turnaround to the top. They have 22 slopes in total, consisting of 1 black, 5 red, 11 blue and 5 green. Although they have a selection for all levels, the majority of the slopes are geared towards beginners and intermediate skiers and snowboarders. All of this lends well to families that have young children.
Two years ago, the Lecht ski centre managed to buy a snow factory, allowing them to produce snow all year round at the lower levels of the resort. This is great for beginners as they are guaranteed a skiable level of snow all season. They offer a beginner package that includes: A Limited area lift pass for the day, equipment hire for the day, (careful as the clothing is not included) and 2 hours instruction. This costs adults £70, Juniors £65 and Children £60. A perfect way to learn the ropes.
Prices at Lecht 2090
A typical day pass for an adult costs £32 while a junior will cost £16.
Where to eat at Lecht?
There is a cafe on-site, but be warned that it is a little basic. This might not be where you want to stop and have your apres-ski. That said, they have all the essentials that anyone wants from the freezing cold: tea, coffee, soup, sandwiches, burger and chips, and even Scottish pies. On weekends the Cafe will stay open till around 4pm, while the upstairs bar will remain open until 5.30pm.
A little further on, 6.7 miles down the road, you have Tomintoul village. Here you can find a larger selection of pubs and restaurants. Think delicious English and Scottish countryside pub grub, the absolute best after a long day of skiing. However, if for whatever reason that doesn’t satisfy you, Aviemore is only a 50-minute ride away by car.
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Where to stay near Lecht Ski Centre?
While you won’t find the massive lodgings and hotels that you can expect from the Alps, there are plenty of cottages, cabins, Bed and breakfasts and small hotels dotted around the area. The official Lecht 2090 centre website is kind enough to have compiled a long list of local accommodation to suit any needs. You can find that here.
Just to give you a few examples and an idea of the prices:
- Hillview cottage sleeps up to 14 people and comes with incredible views, a hot tub, wifi, and is open to pets. A 7-night stay would cost around £1,314.50. It might seem like a lot, but not if you divide the price by the number of guests.
- Kildrummy Inn rents by the room and features a restaurant with award-winning chefs and food. Prices for double rooms start at around £79 per night and so a week’s stay would set a couple back £474.
If you want to try AirBnb there are some really nice options, especially near the Tomintoul area, right beside the Lecht Resort. There are mostly cottages that can host between 4 and 8 guests, and range in price between £538 and £1,579.
What else can I do around Lecht ski centre?
It really is all about the countryside and the incredible views that a Highland National Park can offer. That said, after being out in the snow all day more mountain views might not be what you’re after. In that case you’re in luck as you happen to be in whisky country. There are over 40 different distilleries in the Speyside region, many of which sit in the boundaries of Cairngorm National Park. The closest ones to the Lecht ski centre are: Tamnavulin, Glenlivet, Tomintoul, Ballindalloch. Before visiting, it’s best to ring forward as many have temporarily ceased visits due to Covid-19. Hopefully this will change as restrictions are predicted to lift around the new year.
How to get to the Lecht 2090 ski centre?
This time it’s definite, you must go by car. The highland ski resort also recommends that you use winter tires on your car.
- Again, from the major UK cities, London takes 10 hours, Birmingham 8 hours, Manchester 7 and half hours, and Leeds 6 and a half hours.
- If you’re already in Scotland, a drive from Aberdeen takes 1 hour and a half, from Edinburgh 3 and a half hours, and from Glasgow 3 hours.
- Train of Bus. There are no direct trains of buses either. The best you could do would be get to Aberdeen and then drive.
Need more information?
For more information and to contact the Lecht 2090 centre directly follow this link.
Before you to The Lecht 2090 Ski Centre
Check out our article about Skiing in Scotland and Covid restrictions.