Nevis Range ski resort
About Nevis Range
Nevis Range remains one of the United Kingdom’s newest and highest ski areas, popular with British and foreign skiers.
The slopes, which cover a wide swathe of terrain close to Britain’s highest mountain Ben Nevis (1,344m/4,409ft), are accessed by a Doppelmayr gondola located on the upper mountain. The terrain is suitable for all standards with the off-piste Back Corries area over the back of the main ski area a particular draw for advanced skiers and boarders.
Despite its modern appearance, the history of skiing at Nevis Range goes back to at least the 1930s when adventurous locals hiked up to the area now known as the ‘Snowgoose’ – so named because by the time of the spring snow melts, the patch of snow left on the mountainside resembles the shape of a flying goose.
Over the past decade or so Nevis Range has grown its year-round operation, becoming an international centre for downhill mountain biking (it is an annual World Cup host) and adding attractions like a high ropes course at its base. Fort William and the wider area have a myriad of year round outdoor attractions and a good range of dining, shopping and accommodation options.
Nevis Range is located on Aonach Mor Mountain, in the Lochaber region of the western Scottish Highlands. The resort is close to the town of Fort William and Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, in the Grampian mountain range.
On the slopes
Nevis Range has the same snow condition ‘issues’ that affect the four other Scottish ski areas: unpredictability. Snow can fall between October and June, allowing skiing in mid-Autumn or late spring. But equally, little or no skiing at all in midwinter is also a possibility, so skiers must be prepared to travel at short notice when the snow reports are good.
The ski area is accessed by the fast, modern Doppelmayr gondola with its six-seater cabins. The beginner slopes are conveniently located right next to the top of the gondola and the mountain restaurant, and have their own drag lift. There are lots of longer runs to progress to, including the Summit Run, a very gentle blue with superb views on the way down.
Intermediates will find much of the terrain open to them, with wide, fast cruisers making up the majority of the three dozen trails. Meanwhile, the most advanced skiers and boarders will want to head to the Snowgoose Bowl and Warrens, while a trip ‘over the back’ into Corrie Dubh is a must.
Nevis Range has a reputation for excellence with its Snowsports School, and freestylers will find a terrain park on which to practice their moves.