Glencoe Ski area

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Glencoe Ski Area
Glencoe ski centre from near the top of the access chair lift
Glencoe ski centre from near the top of the access chair lift
LocationGlencoe, Highland
Lift system8 (2 Chairlifts (another planned for (2017/18)), 3 Tows, 2 T-bar, 1 Poma)

Glencoe Ski area (also known as Glencoe Mountain or the White Corries ski centre), near Glencoe, Highland, is the oldest ski area in Britain and hosted the country's first ski tow which was installed in 1955 for around £5,000.[1] The ski area has eight lifts[2] on Meall a' Bhuiridh, which serve a variety of ski runs. However, with recent funding, a new non-detachable poma has been added to the mountain for the start of the 2016 season, and the installation of another chairlift has been proposed which will be operational for the 2017/18 season.[3] The current access chairlift will also be renovated, with new chairs and engine drive, and so will the cafe facilities at the base of the mountain, with a new ticketing system as well as an improved ski hire shop. The resort is currently home to Scotlands longest and steepest skiing slopes.[4]

The car parking area lies below the normal snow line, so the skiing is reached via a low level access chair lift, although it is occasionally possible to ski all the way down to the car park. The access chair lift also runs in summer for tourists, walkers and mountain bikers.

The ski centre is located on a very isolated stretch of the A82 amongst some of the most dramatic scenery in the UK, roughly 15 miles (24 km) from Invercoe. Public transport is infrequent and the ski centre is around 1 km from the main road. It is possible to do a day trip by bus from Glasgow (to the ski road end).

Accommodation is available in the nearby villages of Glencoe and Ballachulish, and there is limited accommodation available on-site.


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Coordinates: 56°37′55″N 4°49′35″W / 56.63194°N 4.82639°W / 56.63194; -4.82639