Scotland’s favourite ski resort opens with exciting new upgrades and family friendly offerings
January 2016…// Natural Retreats CairnGorm Mountain is now open for the winter season! The resort team looks forward to welcoming snowsports enthusiasts and showcasing CairnGorm Mountain’s exciting new upgrades.
Natural Retreats Cairngorm Mountain has gone to every effort to ensure the best possible experience for everyone this season. In addition to launching its own in-house ‘Snow School’ making it easier than ever to book lessons, visitors can expect many further improvements, including: new fencing to catch more snow, a new beginner’s ski-tow, mechanical reliability improvements to many of the existing ski-tows, new ski hire stock, mini-me Burton Riglet snowboards that even under-fives can learn on, a new comfortable kids area near the Base Station where families can meet their ski instructors and return to throughout the day should tired little legs need a rest, and a new ‘grab-and-go’ Storehouse Express for speedy snacks on the slopes.
Famed for its beauty and skiing heritage, CairnGorm Mountain is the UK’s most popular snowsports destination and has been attracting skiers for over 50 years. It has 30km of ski runs, 11 lifts, a fully maintained freestyle park and its new on-site Snow School caters for everyone, from beginners to experts.
The snowsports season typically runs from December until April, depending on the weather. Visitors don’t need to have their own ski or snowboard equipment either, everything can be hired on the mountain – including outer clothing. The only items that cannot be hired are hats – but these are available to purchase in the shops on the mountain.
Natural Retreats CairnGorm Mountain is an affordable and easily accessible option for those looking to make their skiing budgets go further and for families looking to introduce children to skiing without the hefty Alpine price tag.
Located in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, it is approximately two-and-a-half hours by car from Glasgow and Edinburgh and one hour from Inverness. The Caledonian sleeper’s overnight services make it ideal for a snowy minibreak from London: hop on the train at Euston on Friday evening after work, enjoy two full days skiing on the Mountain and then head back on Sunday night, arriving rosy-cheeked, refreshed and ready to take on the working week on Monday morning.
A wide variety of accommodation is available to book in the local area, from luxury hotels and self-catering houses to campsites and hostels.
Winter season passes cost £435 for adults and £96 for 6-16 year olds.
Snow sports passes are available from £35 per day for adults, or £21 for juniors.
One day of lessons at the Snow School, including ski pass and ski hire, costs £99 for adults, £75 for children and seniors and £57 for under 5’s.
Burton Riglet snowboard lessons are available for under 5’s for £35 per hour.