Glenshee Ski Centre

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Coordinates: 56°53′N 3°25′W / 56.883°N 3.417°W / 56.883; -3.417

Glenshee Ski Centre
Coire Fionn and Glas Maol Poma, Glenshee Ski Centre, Scotland
Coire Fionn and Glas Maol Poma, Glenshee Ski Centre, Scotland
Location Aberdeenshire
Coordinates 56°53′N 3°25′W / 56.883°N 3.417°W / 56.883; -3.417
Vertical 1,500 ft (460 m)
Top elevation 3,504 ft (1,070 m)
Base elevation 2,132 ft (650 m)
Skiable area 2,000 acres (8.1 km2)
Runs 36
Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg: 22% easiest
Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg: 36% more difficult
: 36% difficult
Ski trail rating symbol-black diamond.svg: 2% most difficult
Longest run 1.2 miles (1.9 km)
Glas Maol
Lift system 22
Lift capacity 15,460 per hour
Snowmaking yes
Night skiing no

Glenshee Ski Centre is the largest ski resort in Scotland and is sometimes referred to as the Scottish three glens.[1][2] It is located in Aberdeenshire and to the north of Spittal of Glenshee, on the A93 road between Blairgowrie and Braemar in the southern Highlands of Scotland.[3] With 22 lifts, 36 runs and limited snowmaking capabilities it is Britain's largest snowsports resort.[4]

The ski area is just north of the Cairnwell Pass at the head of Glen Shee on either side of the A93 road. The western sector is a bowl encompassing The Cairnwell (933 m) and Càrn Aosda (917 m) mountains. The eastern side extends via Sunnyside onto two further mountains, Meall Odhar (922 m) and Glas Maol (1068 m). Most of the area is served by a panoramic webcam.[5] The main ski centre buildings are at an elevation of 650 metres.[4]

The resort covers 790 hectares and has 40 km of pisted runs graded as 8 Greens, 13 Blues, 13 Reds and 2 Blacks. There are three chairlifts, three T-bar lifts, and the remaining sixteen are button lifts, mostly of the Poma type.[4] Planning permission was granted in June 2010 for a chairlift from the ski centre carpark area to the Cairnwell Cafe,[6] this lift was commissioned in January 2012 and named the Baddoch chair, and the resort also replaced the Cairnwell Chairlift with a modern 3 seat Poma Chair. There are also plans for a modern 4 seater chairlift to replace the Cairnwell T-bar.


  1. ^ "Home page". Glenshee Ski Centre. 
  2. ^ "Glenshee Ski Area Information". OnTheSnow. Mountain News Corp. Retrieved 22 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "Contact us". Glenshee Ski Centre. Retrieved 22 February 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c "Glenshee Ski Area Information". Glenshee Ski Centre. Retrieved 22 February 2011. 
  5. ^ "Welcome to Glenshee". Trinum. Retrieved 22 February 2011. 
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