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Glencoe Ski Resort Guide

Glencoe, Scotland

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Highest Lift1,108m
Resort Height305m
 Nearest AirportsGlasgow and Inverness
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Scotland's original ski centre began life as a weekend haunt for dedicated enthusiasts. Still regarded by many as the country's best ski centre, with a world-class vertical, it is located in an awesome location at the South end of a spectacular valley. The centre is now open 7 days with optional high-value packages including ski-hire and instruction (based on-slope) and lift pass. A wide variety of accommodation is available locally.


The Scottish ski resort of Glencoe is at an altitude of 305m.

Glencoe has direct access to 17 marked pistes, served by a total of 9 ski lifts.

The skiing is at relatively low altitude, so snow cover can be variable.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Glencoe?

The next notable snow forecast is 8cm, expected on 4 October.

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Snow this week

Snow Forecast by day for Glencoe

Ski Area Stats

Glencoe Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts


Glencoe Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift1,108m
Lowest Piste305m
Resort Altitude (Glencoe)305m
Max Vertical803m

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Glencoe
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers

Glencoe Overview

Scotland's first ski centre at Glencoe began life in the 'fifties with just a few dedicated weekenders and a friendly makeshift atmosphere. The resort is located by Scotland's West Coast and was the only lift-served ski centre in the area until Nevis Range opened about 50km (30 miles) to the north in the late 1980s.In recent years Glencoe has linked with Glenshee ski centre on Scotland's East coast to offer combined season passes and mid-week passes .

Located close to the the site of the historic massacre, Glencoe Ski Centre is set amid some of Scotland's most stunning and truly awesome scenery on Rannoch Moor. The ski slopes themselves are on Meall a'Bhuiridh (pronounced 'male a voorree') - the Gaelic name of the actual mountain you ski on. It stands alongside the Buchaille Etive (gaelic for 'Shepherd of the Glen').

The one-man chair which originally transported skiers from the base has now become a museum piece having been replaced by a modern chairlift. The long trek across the Plateau to reach the first lift, which used to be the only way to get up the slopes, is now a thing of the past. Skiers and boarders now ride a lift which has transformed the Plateau into what many consider Scotland's best beginner area.

Glencoe today remains a compact ski area - you will easily find your way around - but it offers a wide variety of terrain nonetheless, including Scotland's steepest on-piste run, the Flypaper. On arrival at the base station a modern restaurant with stunning views over the surrounding landscape now provides a welcoming meeting point for skiers and there's even a museum worthy of a visit, displaying the history of the resort.

 Notable Ski Runs

The most difficult run is the 'The Flypaper'.


From complete beginner to expert, there's something for everyone at Glencoe, which has Scotland's longest lift-served vertical descent of 2600ft (792m). The Plateau, with its Poma lift, provides access to one of the best nursery areas in Scotland. This is the perfect gentle slope for beginners or those who just like to take it very easy and practice their technique.

The Cliffhanger Chair takes you up to the mid-station where beginners and novices can make a long traverse onto Mugs Alley - a wide expanse of easy green graded terrain. The Main Basin, to the right of the Top T-bar is the most popular run, probably because you get off the lift and you're right there and ready to go.

Its well worth taking a short traverse and checking out some of the other runs on offer. Basically, when you reach the top go right for blue (intermediate) or left for red (more difficult) - and even further left for black and the Flypaper! The terrain on the Main Basin can vary so much that it can be as easy or challenging as you like - watch out for the Haggis Trap - its always good fun and not to be be missed! Take a right when you get off the Top T-bar and try out Happy Valley or just a little further along the Etive Glades - both blue runs - excellent for intermediates, they're nice and wide and the views towards the Buchaille Etive are amazing.

From the Top T bar , a traverse to the left takes you onto Rannoch Glades or, slightly further along, the Spring Run, both firm favourites with the locals, they're long and a bit tricky in places - definitely red!

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.


Glencoe has some of the most challenging riding of any Scottish area and is famed for having some of the best freestyle runs in the country. Without doubt one of Scotland's best 'boarding' areas according to Snowboard World magazine.

The Cliffhanger chairlift is good for beginners who find difficulty with getting on a button lift. Its a single chairlift and easily manageable. From there you can get onto Mugs Alley, a green run.

No need to build a fun park as the natural terrain provides plenty of challenges - The Canyon and Thrombosis forming natural pipes and the Haggis Trap a great gully jump.

Snowboards can be hired at the Centre with lessons available from qualified instructors.

Location and Map

Where is Glencoe?

This ski resort is in Highland, Scotland, Scotland.


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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Glencoe is Glasgow, 111 minutes drive away.

Inverness, Edinburgh and Prestwick airports are all within three hours drive.


Ski Lift Capacity

The nine ski lifts are able to uplift 4,300 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Season Dates

When is Glencoe open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

Usual opening is late November (Fully weather dependent - sometimes opens in November), and usual closing is Late April.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

Piste Map

Glencoe Piste Map

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Glencoe, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Glencoe Tourist Office for the latest.

Talking about Glencoe

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Aprés Ski

There's plenty of après ski in the area, from atmospheric local pubs to lively ceilidhs, impromptu folk music sessions and discos.

The Clachaig Inn at Glencoe has won an award for its real ales and holds a beer festival in March.

The nearest town of Fort William (27 miles/45km) has lots of pubs, two leisure complexes - the Lochaber Leisure Centre and Marco's at An Aird, as well as a cinema.