AVALANCHE forecasts for the Scottish mountains begin on Thursday, with daily reports warning of the dangers facing skiiers, climbers and mountaineers.
Invest in the right sledge for maximum fun in the snow, writes Kirsty McLuckie
SOME country parks are so well ordered they are more like very big gardens.
Restricting access to Scottish mountains isn’t the answer to last winter’s death toll – now a TV documentary shows why
Earlier this year, during the coldest March for 50 years, Jimbo and I walked the Elie/St Monans section of the Fife Coastal Path (FCP).
With hotel prices significantly increasing during Glasgow 2014, spectators and volunteers are looking for alternative accommodation options for the 11 day event.
TAKE a look at some of the wonderful things to do over the Christmas and New Year period in Scotland, from skiing on the slopes of the Cairngorms to swimming in the Forth on New Year’s Day.
THE Borders are blessed with some of the most enchanting scenery in Scotland and on a crisp sunny day in winter it can look at its very best.
BOASTING some of the finest views in Scotland, CairnGorm Mountain ski area occupies two corries on the north face of the Cairngorm Plateau: Coire Cas and Coire Na Ciste.
SPREAD over 2,000 acres and spanning three different valleys, Glenshee is the largest ski area in Scotland. As you’d expect, all that acreage translates into plenty of piste – 40km or 25 miles of it, to be precise – and plenty of variety, too, with a good mix of greens, blues and reds in addition to a couple of testing blacks, a terrain park and lots of off-piste options to keep the experts happy.
SMALL but perfectly formed, the Lecht has everything you’d expect at a much larger resort and then some. Serious sport skiers will be delighted to find a race piste with timing and slalom poles, freestylers are catered for with a park when conditions allow and beginners have the luxury of a travelator – dubbed the Magic Carpet – for getting back up to the top of the nursery slopes. The Lecht is also home to an extensive snowmaking set-up: raised cannons are dedicated to the lower slopes and a mobile system covers most of the other runs. As long as it is cold enough they can pump out fresh snow.
BOASTING the UK’s longest indoor snow slope and offering guaranteed white stuff 364 days of the year, the revamped Snow Factor can justly claim to be Scotland’s sixth “real snow” snowsports resort.
COMPLETED in 1989, Nevis Range is the newest of Scotland’s outdoor ski centres and has the country’s only gondola system, which whisks skiers and boarders to 650m in 12 minutes. It’s also the highest resort in Scotland, its Summit Run sitting just below the 1,221m peak of Aonach Mor.
A lot of thought goes into the timing of this magazine. The goal is to have it hitting the newsstands just as the first big snows of the winter arrive and the lifts at Scotland’s ski centres start grinding into life.
IN THE winter of 1952/3, skiing pioneer Philip Rankin wrote to the Scottish Ski Club Journal suggesting that the mountain known as Meall a’Bhuiridh in Glencoe would be the ideal place to build the country’s first serious ski resort.
THEY have been more than seven years in the planning, tower almost almost 100 feet above one of the nation’s busiest roads and are expected to become one of Scotland’s most popular visitor attractions.
A NEW consortium was launched today to make central Scotland the UK’s top mountain biking destination for families.
The 19th century was a funny time in Aberfoyle when there were many tales told of fairies living in the wooded hills nearby.
Climbing films are SO boring,” said a skier friend recently, rolling his eyes. “I just can’t watch them. Nothing happens. It’s just people... climbing.”
Put on your wellies and get out there – whatever the weather. By Kirsty McLuckie
ON the afternoon of 27 October, a short video clip started pinging around cyberspace – the first hint, for those who couldn’t be there, that this year’s UK Pro Surfing Championships event at Thurso had been a roaring success.
THERE is nothing like a sudden hard, cold spell to give warning of the first intimations of winter.
THE Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, are an elusive phenomenom but fortunately Scots have a better opportunity to witness them than those in other parts of the UK - you just have to know where to look.