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Glenshee Ski Resort Guide

Glenshee, Scotland

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length25 miles
Highest Lift3,504ft
Resort Height2,133ft
 Nearest AirportsEdinburgh and Inverness
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Glenshee Ski Centre, Scotland's 'Three Valleys' flanks each side of Britain's highest road pass and offers more lifts and marked piste kilometres then any other British ski centre. The Centre is close to Braemar where the annual 'Gathering' is staged, and the Queen's summer residence of Balmoral.


The Scottish ski resort of Glenshee is at an altitude of 2,133ft, with 25 miles of marked runs.

Glenshee is one of the larger Ski Resorts in Scotland and has direct access to 25 miles of downhill skiing, with 36 marked pistes, served by a total of 21 ski lifts.

The skiing is at relatively low altitude, so snow cover can be variable.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Glenshee?

There is currently no significant snow in the 7-day forecast for Glenshee.

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Ski Area Stats

Glenshee Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
Total Length
25 miles
Cross Country
Total Length
37 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts


Glenshee Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift3,504ft
Lowest Trail2,133ft
Resort Altitude (Glenshee)2,133ft
Max Vertical1,371ft

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Glenshee
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers

Glenshee Overview

Glenshee is one of Scotland's two westerly ski areas, located close to Royal Deeside and the British Queen's 'Summer residence' at Balmoral castle. It is easy to reach from Aberdeen to the West, Inverness to the North and P:erth, Edinburgh and Glasgow to the south. The Glenshee Chairlift Company has a long history, with skiing beginning in the area in 1933. Today the company owns Britain's largest network of ski lifts - dubbed the Scottish 3 Valleys - with 3 restaurants, ski school and a ski shop. In recent years Glenshee has linked with Glencoe ski centre on Scotland's West Coast to offer combined season passes and mid-week passes .

When Glenshee's skiing history began there were a few enthusiasts who had learned to ski in Europe and practised their new found sport in the hills around Glenshee. After the war years, some of these same enthusiasts came back to the area to ski, and they decided to take some of the hard work out of skiing by building simple rope tows to pull them uphill. These tows were driven off the rear wheels of motor cycles or tractors anchored at the top of the slope. During the late 50's, Perth, Dundee and Aberdeen Ski Clubs all had tows of this type in various snow holding gullies in the Glenshee area.

In 1957, when several of the present Directors of the Glenshee Chairlift Co were arranging finance to rebuild the Spittal Hotel after fire damage, an agreement was made with the Invercauld Estate granting the right to develop skiing within the boundary of the present ski area. In 1957 Dundee Ski Club built the first T-bar tow on Meall Odhar. This increased the pleasure derived from skiing and also increased the demand for more mechanised uplift. On formation of the Glenshee Chairlift Co in 1961 the agreement with Invercauld was transferred to the present company and the Cairnwell Chairlift and a small cafe were built.

The Company opened to the public in December 1962 with excellent snow cover for their first season. Following this success came the installation of Sunnyslope T-bar in the summer of 1963. Unfortunately the winter of 1963/64 brought only a few patches of snow on Cairnwell and the new Sunnyslope tow operated for just 7 days.

In common with the other Scottish snow ski centres, development over the years has been dependent on the success of the winter season with profits being ploughed back into the Company whenever possible. In 1978 the first Kassbohrer trail grooming tractor was purchased and the resort now has five such groomers. Artificial snow making cannons have been introduced in recent years and Glenshee now has seven cannons, with its high pressure system being the first in Scotland.

 Notable Ski Runs

The longest possible descent in Glenshee is 1 miles long.


Serviced by the UK's largest ski lift system, the resorts runs extend over 3 valleys and 4 mountains to give an extensive and enjoyable variety of skiing and snowboarding. For those just beginning to ski or board the resort's nursery slopes, conveniently situated next to the main car park, are an ideal starting place. However, for skiers ready to venture that little bit further, the many lifts at car park level will help ease the progression, introducing skiers to the much larger area of novice runs.

Intermediate skiers will be spoilt for choice with no less than 26 blue and red runs, varying from the long and exhilarating to the short and steep. Whilst advanced skiers or boarders will also enjoy the variety and challenge of these runs, there are two black runs which are considered to be a formidable part of the Scottish skiing experience - and have been for many years.

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.


Host to the 2001 Scottish Snowboarding Championships, Glenshee has been the breeding ground for two British Champions.

Whether freeriding or freestyling or just beginning, the on-hill terrain on offer is as varied as it is expansive, ranging from the natural quarter pipes and man made features of Butchart's Coire to the wide open expanses at Coire Fionn and Glas Maol to the gentle slopes of Claybokie and the Cluny's. Scotland's secret treasure...if your first priority is snowboarding, then Glenshee is the place Snowboard UK Magazine, 1997.

Location and Map

Where is Glenshee?

This ski resort is in Perth and Kinross, Scotland, Scotland.


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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Glenshee is Edinburgh, 96 minutes drive away.

Inverness, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Prestwick airports are all within three hours drive.


Ski Lift Capacity

The 21 ski lifts are able to uplift 18,509 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 12 miles of ski runs, with 6 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Glenshee open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

Usual opening is late November (Fully weather dependent - sometimes opens in November), and usual closing is Late April.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

Trail Map

Glenshee Trail Map

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Glenshee, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Glenshee Tourist Office for the latest.

Talking about Glenshee

Mentions in recent J2Ski News Items and Snow Reports from our users...

Aprés Ski

Apres Ski tends to centre around the hotels in the area which usually have a lively atmosphere and feature regular ceilidhs and discos throughout the winter.

A wide range of other amenities are available at Braemar, Blairgowrie, Ballater and the many surrounding villages of Spittal of Glenshee, Glensila, Kirkmichael and Bridge of Cally. Activities include gliding, golf, fishing, walking, mountain biking, bird watching, 4x4 off road, clay pigeon, swimming, riding, castle and whisky trails.