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Grab your skis and head for a backcountry skiing adventure in Scotland's best spots!

Ski touring is the best way to explore the Scottish hills in winter. If you are new to off-piste skiing, just join a ski touring course and get ready to escape the crowds! Discover the great backcountry skiing potential of the Cairngorms, near Aviemore, slide on the best untracked snow in Glenshee or explore the Nevis Range slopes.

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FAQs: Backcountry Skiing in Scotland

What should I know about Backcountry Skiing Scotland?

Scotland has five main ski areas, with facilities that have improved in recent years: Nevis Range and Glencoe on the west coast, Glenshee and the Lecht in the east, and Cairngorm above Aviemore. The unpredictability of snow-cover and good conditions is the main factor holding back skiing development in the country. The weather -including also winds and visibility- is the biggest factor that will make your backcountry skiing trip in Scotland heaven or hell. If there is an Arctic blast, Scotland can receive a light fluffy powder, whereas it will be more commonly heavier and wetter stuff if brought in through the Atlantic.

Why should I choose Scotland for my Backcountry Skiing adventure?

Wild landscapes

Scotland’s winter scenery is absolutely captivating, with the large majority of backcountry skiing spots being relatively untouched and pristine. Venturing off the resorts’ boundaries in the Highlands take you to discover great views, while skiing on untracked snow.

Uncrowded destination

Relatively few foreigners and locals venture into Scotland’s backcountry skiiing terrain, resulting in a very peaceful and quiet experience, away from crowds. You will have time to go at your own pace, without being overwhelmed by hordes of tourists.

A different experience

A backcountry skiing trip in Scotland offers a very different experience to mainstream Europe, absolutely enjoyable in good weather conditions! Resorts and crowds are smaller, and you will find a cheerful, polite and relaxed atmosphere. If you have time enough, visit some of the many whisky destilleries in the country!

What can I expect from the weather in Scotland?

The climate in Scotland is characterised by strong tendencies of changeable weather. In winter temperatures are generally lower than in other areas of the UK. In the Highlands you can expect lows of 0ºC.

Which language is predominantly spoken in Scotland?

English-Scottish Gaelic

What currency is accepted in Scotland?

Pound Sterling (GBP)

How can I get to Scotland?

The quickest and easiest way to reach Scotland is by plane.The country has three main international airports: Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen. Aviemore is a 40-minute drive from Inverness airport (domestic flights with easyJet and Flybe). Cairngorm and Nevis range are about a 45- and 60-minute drive respectively from Inverness. Glencoe and Glenshee each two hours away, and Lecht is about 75 minutes from Inverness.

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What’s the high season for Backcountry Skiing in Scotland?

Winter and early spring are the best seasons for skiing in Scotland. February to April is the best time, when days are longer.

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