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Cairngorm Ski Resort

Cairngorm Mountain
Photo: Cairngorm Mountain website

Cairngorm ski resort (Blue Hill in Gaelic) is situated in the Scottish Highlands quite close to the resort of the Lecht situated in the Cairngorm National Park. You can access the resort taking the A9 arterial route. The airport of Inverness is the closest one from the station and you can stay in the popular town of Aviemore. News about COVID-19 in Cairngorm.

Cairngorm ski resort

The ski resort is based on the Cairngorm Mountain which is one of the highest one of Scotland and offers a large range of slopes.

On the right side of the mountain on the Piste Map, green slopes provide a great training area for beginners. While on the rest on the mountains, more intermediate and more experienced skiers can enjoy the other 11 red slopes, 12 blue slopes and 2 black slopes.

Cairngorm ski resort
Cairngorm ski resort – Source: https://www.facebook.com/cairngormmountainscotlandltd

Freestyle fans can even challenge themselves going on the Headworx Terrain Park! The ski resort is well known for sureness of snow. The ski season lasts often longer then in the other Scottish resorts and the only Funicular Railway of Scotland allows you to go from the bottom of the mountain directly to the top! It is opened all year long and is an attraction by itself.

Do not hesitate to go up the Funicular and enjoy an extraordinary meal at the Ptarmigan Restaurant which offers panoramic views!

Cairngorm ski resort – Source: https://www.facebook.com/cairngormmountainscotlandltd

Sustainable development of the Cairngorm ski resort

Tourism is crucial to the Cairngorms ski resort. It contributes 30% of the economy and 43% of employment.

It has been attracting visitors for generations to enjoy its remarkable scenery, its wildlife and its wide array of activities.

Only two years after designation as a National Park in 2005,

the Cairngorms was the first National Park in the UK to be awarded the Charter on the basis of its first five-year tourism strategy and action plan.

In 2011 and once again in 2017 a further assessment was made on the basis of what had been delivered in the previous five years, as well as its strategy and action plans for the next five years.

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Cairngorm ski resort – Source: https://www.facebook.com/cairngormmountainscotlandltd

Unforgettable experiences in Cairngorm

Set yourself free and freestyle with tips from the crew in Cairgorm ski resort

Whether you’re a beginner trying to get your first air or an expert seeking to expand your bag of tricks, the freestyle terrain is suitable for everybody.

Getting into the world of freestyle snowsports is a rather daunting experience, so here you will receive some tips from the park crew to help you get started.

Freestyle area in Cairngorm – Source: https://www.cairngormmountain.co.uk/

Ski touring past the slope’s limits

Should you venture beyond the ski area, you’ll find a vast hilly landscape waiting to be explored. Ski touring and splitboarding past the Cairngorm  ski resort and through the Northern Corries gives access to a range of backcountry ski terrain and technical descents.

Do only consider exploring off-piste if you are an experienced skier or snowboarder, stick to the slopes until you are fairly confident in your skills as the mountain can be an intimidating place.

Cairngorm ski resort
Cairgorm ski resort – Source: https://www.facebook.com/cairngormmountainscotlandltd

Cairngorm mountain resort in summer

Discover castles in ruins, surrounded by misty Lochs and foggy hills

In summer you can go down the mountain walking but only with a guide on provided paths because it is a protected area. In winter however, you are allowed to ski from the restaurant down the mountain by yourself.

Besides being one of the most challenging skiing stations in Scotland, the surroundings of the resort offer many different facilities for non-skiers.

You can also discover the famous Scottish culture going around the countryside in car. There is plenty to admire: the spectacular sceneries of the Scottish Highlands with its castles in ruins, surrounded by misty Lochs and foggy hills.

Cairngorm National Park in Summer – Source: https://cairngormsnationalpark.co.uk/lochs-blog/

Tubing at Cairngorm Mountain

Located outside the Day Lodge, the tubing slide will offer visitors an invigorating, fast-paced adventure experience with breathtaking views across Loch Morlich and the Spey Valley.

At 70 metres long and with two hairpin turns, a must for anyone visiting Aviemore and the Cairngorms.

The tube slide is equally as suitable for adults as it is for children aged four years and upwards.

Tubing at Cairngorm – Source: https://www.facebook.com/cairngormmountainscotlandltd

Hotels in Cairngorm

Coylumbridge hotel ****

Nestled on a wooded 65-acre property, within a short drive from the Cairgorn ski resort, the Coylumbridge Hotel is the ideal getaway for an memorable family holiday.

A well-rounded list of amenities, featuring multiple dining venues, a spa, indoor swimming pool, adventure playground and children’s play centre, offer a wealth of options for fun and leisure.

Additionally, there are many activities in the area that will bring delight to children and adults alike.

Cairngorm ski resort
Coylumbridge hotel – Source: https://coylumbridgeaviemorehotel.co.uk/

Cairngorm Lodge Youth Hostel

Not too far from the snow slopes, in the very core of the Cairngorms National Park, with stunning views across the Northern Corries.

Ideal for those looking for a young atmosphere, although this Lodge welcomes people from all ages.

Newly renovated, this lodge offers a range of spacious, comfortable private guest rooms and large shared accommodation with separate bathrooms.

Alternatively, guests can opt for a continental breakfast, lunch or dinner which is served in the dining room, or take advantage of the large, well-equipped kitchen.

Owing to the hostel’s remote location, WiFi access is complimentary although access is limited. This will be ideal for those willing and wishing to disconnect with the “outside world” for a while.

Cairngorm Lodge Youth Hostel – Source: https://www.hostellingscotland.org.uk/hostels/cairngorm-lodge/

Cairngorm Hotel ***

The leading independent hotel in Aviemore, set directly opposite the railway station in the vibrant heart of Aviemore, provides a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

The ambience and design of this enchanting hotel mirrors true Scottish traditions and the renowned hospitality of the Scottish Highlands.

This hotel, situated in the Cairngorms National Park, a few minutes away from Cairgorm ski resort, is a great base for visiting the Highlands, including the famous Whisky Trail and Loch Ness.

Cairngorm Hotel – Source: https://cairngorm.com/

Skiing in Cairngorm : the resort’s main strengths

✅ Situated in a National park, surrounded by pure nature and many Lochs.

✅ The ski season lasts often longer then in the other Scottish resorts.

✅ The only Funicular Railway of Scotland allows you to go from the bottom of the mountain directly to the top.

✅ Locates just over 2,5 hours away from Glasgow.