It’s at this time of year that a certain type of adventure-seeker gets up early, packs their neon-bright kit and heads north to the UK’s finest winter landscapes. Just a couple of hours away is a wide variety of resorts offering fantastic skiing, snowboarding – and even sledging!

Perth is only 1-2 hours’ drive from four of the major Scottish skiing centres so it makes a perfect place to base yourself. With so many hotels, restaurants and attractions in the city you’ll have lots to do before and after your skiing trip. And it’s a beautiful drive north if you take the Snow Roads route.

But first, let’s see what the ski centres are like!

About Glenshee

Glenshee is the largest ski resort in the UK and is popular with everyone from the most experienced to primary school kids just starting out. It has extensive nursery slopes for beginners, two black runs for advanced skiers and everything in between.

And at just over an hour’s drive from Perth, it’s the closest centre for day-trippers based here.

View a piste map of Glenshee

What can you do there?

At Glenshee you can go skiing, snowboarding (they hosted the very first British championships!) and ski touring.

Chris Bilsland, owner of The Cabin Ski Hire in Bridge of Cally, has some top tips for enjoying Glenshee: “Get here first thing and make the most of the quiet time as it can get busy later in the morning and you’ll beat the ticket queue. Get a hot roll and coffee from the café, pick up a piste map and plan your day. Take the new Cairnwell chairlift to the top and along the bunny run. You’ll then have an option of up to six routes to the base with something for all abilities. Great for warming up the legs.” [Source: In The Snow magazine]

Eating and drinking

Glenshee has three cafes for those all-important pit-stops at lunchtime, one of which is open all year round at the base of the mountain.

Glenshee Key Information

Day Lift Pass Price: £20 – 30

Day Ski/Snowboard hire Price:  £11 – £22

Distance from Perth City Centre: 40 miles from Perth City Centre

Visit Glenshee Ski and Snowboard website


About Cairngorm Mountain

Slalom skier Charlie Guest, from Perth, who has been named in Team GB for the upcoming Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, had her first taste of skiing aged just three on the slopes of Cairngorm Mountain. With its beautiful scenery and 300km of runs, it’s the perfect place to start learning or to perfect your expert moves.

View a piste map of Cairngorm Mountain

What can you do there?

Try out the Cairngorm snow school, or just ski or snowboard under your own steam. The longest run here is 3km! There’s also a fully maintained snowboard park and Disability Snowsports UK offering snow sports tuition for the disabled.

As well as all the sports, Cairngorm Mountain is also home to the UK’s highest train – the Cairngorm Funicular Railway – which is a pretty special way to get to the top of one of our most beautiful mountains.

Eating and drinking

You can grab a snack or lunch at The Ptarmigan Restaurant, and sit at a breath-taking 3,500ft, admiring unrivalled views of Loch Morlich and the surrounding mountainscapes.

Cairngorm Key Information

Day Lift Pass Price: £22 – £36

Day Ski/Snowboard hire Price: £18.50 – £25

Distance from Perth City Centre: 90 Miles from Perth City Centre

Visit Cairngorm Mountain website

About Lecht 2090

Lecht 2090 Activity Centre is so called because it’s 2090ft above sea level in the beautiful Eastern Cairngorms at in the heart of Scotland’s largest National Park. This family-run business offers a variety of winter and summer sports.

View a piste map of Lecht 2090

What can you do there?

There’s skiing and snowboarding in winter, with 12 different lifts and a magic carpet travelator helping you to the top. In summer you can use the famous slopes for mountain biking and practise your moves at the Mountain Bike skills park. You can even take your bike on the chairlift!

Eating and drinking

There’s a purpose-built day lodge which houses a cafe and bar, as well as a shop, toilets and ski hire.

Lecht Key Information

Day Lift Pass Price: £15 – £30

Day Ski/Snowboard hire Price: £12.50 – £22

Distance from Perth City Centre: 75 miles from Perth City Centre

Visit Lecht 2090 website

About Glencoe Mountain Resort

Glencoe Mountain Resort is situated in one of the most beautiful parts of Scotland, on the West Highland Way, with stunning views towards Buchaille Etive Mor and Rannoch Moor.

Glencoe is Scotland’s oldest ski centre (established in 1956) and has a terrific choice of challenging runs including the famous Flypaper, the UK’s steepest black run.

View a piste map of Glencoe Mountain Resort

What can you do there?

Glencoe tends to attract the more experienced skier or snowboarder, but all abilities and ages are welcome. In the winter you can ski, snowboard, sledge and even take part in avalanche rescue training.

In summer Glencoe offers chairlift rides, mountain biking, tubing, hill-walking and climbing.  It’s great for keen photographers, too.

Eating and drinking

You can stop for lunch or a snack at the panoramic log cabin cafe.

Glencoe Key Information

Day Lift Pass Price: £18 – £32

Day Ski/Snowboard hire Price:  £20 – £25

Distance from Perth City Centre: 80 miles from Perth City Centre

Visit Glencoe Mountain Resort website

Places to eat and drink in Perth

So now you’ve had an energetic day on the slopes, we think you’ve earned a good feed! Head back to the city to tuck in and refuel at our fantastic selection of cafes, restaurants and pubs, including

Places to stay in Perth

Once you’ve raced over all the runs and plunged down every piste, you won’t be wanting to face a huge drive home, so it makes sense to stay in our beautiful city. The journey back to Perth is short enough to get back in time for dinner, but just long enough to relive all the day’s adventures and listen to your favourite post-ski playlist.

Here’s a list of fantastic accommodation in the heart of Perth where you can stay, before and afterwards:

Enjoy our Winter Festival

Every year Perth puts on a fantastic Winter Festival that shines a light into the shortest days and the darkest of nights. From October until February you can enjoy an array of individual festivals, including the fantastic Perth Riverside Light Nights, a gorgeous and ever-changing series of light shows on every night until 14th February. Wouldn’t that be a lovely way to finish off your skiing trip to Perth?

Buy or hire your ski gear in Perth

As you’d imagine we have a great selection of ski gear in Perth’s shops. Pop along to these independent and family-owned shops and snap up a snow-based purchase or two:

  • Craigdon Mountain Sports – this friendly city centre shop offers skis for sale and hire, ski boot fitting, ski servicing, and all the clothing, goggles and equipment you can shake a ski pole at!
  • Tiso Perth Outdoor Experience – on the edge of Perth, this well-established store sells everything you’d ever need for the great outdoors including an extensive range of ski equipment and clothing. You can even prep your muscles for the slopes by tackling their climbing wall, then reward yourself with a meal at their cafe.
  • Banks of Perth – a family-run business specialising in skiing, hillwalking, camping and general outdoor clothing and equipment. The experienced staff offer a full boot-fitting service in-store including custom footbeds.
  • Aitken & Niven and Mountain Leisure and Gear – two great outdoor shops in the city centre; they may not stock ski equipment, but they do sell water bottles, bags, jackets, fleeces, socks and base layers, so they’re great for those extras!
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