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The Cairngorm ski area at Aviemore, Scotland

By on July 29, 2006 in Scotland

Aviemore markets itself as the Highlands’ ski resort.  From a lot of the literature and advertising put out you would think it is close to the Cairngorm ski area, it is not, it is about 10 miles away and there are places to stay that are closer to the Cairngorm ski area (driving directions).

Breakfast at the hotel in Aviemore, in the Aviemore Highland Resort holiday village, was OK.

The drive from Aviemore to the ski area is about 10 miles.  The last part, which is uphill through some rather rugged moorland, could be really tough going in the winter.  The ski area looks like a fairly typical Scottish ski area, that is, it is open and exposed, with a large number of fences in place to prevent the snow blowing off the mountain.

At the base station, there is a really interesting mountain rescue/rangers station which was well worth a visit as it has some great information on the Cairngorms wild life etc. and also has some rather disturbing information on litter and rubbish removed from the mountain.  Considering that the only people that really go up on to the high plateau of the Cairgorms and use the shelters are hikers and people who like the Highlands it is surprising the amount (and type of) rubbish people leave behind.

The last time I visited the Cairngorm ski area was in 1991 when I attended a winter hill-walking course (that was a tough two days on the mountain).  Since then the ski area has not really changed.  There is a base lodge containing restaurants, a shop, toilets and a ski hire area.  The one thing that is new, and very noticeable, is mono-rail that runs from the base-lodge area up the mountain.  The mono-rail runs in the summer taking hikers and visitors to the top and in the winter, skiers.

From Cairngorm I headed towards The Lecht 44 miles away (driving directions).

Cairgorm Ski Area

Tel: 1479 861261
Fax: 1479 861207

Trails: 19
Lifts: 16

Trails: 60 km (37 miles)

Cairgorm Ski Area, 95 km W  of Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom – Map it

Cairngorm - main car-park and base-lodge

Cairngorm – main car-park and base-lodge

Cairngorm - looking back from the base-lodge towards Aviemore and the bottom of one of the runs

Cairngorm – looking back from the base-lodge towards Aviemore and the bottom of one of the runs

Cairngorm - looking up the mountain from the base-lodge

Cairngorm – looking up the mountain from the base-lodge

 

Cairngorm - view across the mountain - note the use of fences

Cairngorm – view across the mountain – note the use of fences

 

Cairngorm - the railway track running up the mountain

Cairngorm – the railway track running up the mountain

 

Cairngorm - view up the mountain from the base-lodge

Cairngorm – view up the mountain from the base-lodge

 

Cairngorm - anti-snow loss fencing - fences placed to prevent the snow blowing off the mountain in winter

Cairngorm – anti-snow loss fencing – fences placed to prevent the snow blowing off the mountain in winter

Cairngorm - base-lodge from the mountain

Cairngorm – base-lodge from the mountain

Cairngorm - the railway - takes skiers to the top in winter and hikes and tourists in the summer

Cairngorm – the railway – takes skiers to the top in winter and hikes and tourists in the summer

 

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