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The Lecht Ski Centre

The Lecht Ski Centre is situated in the Eastern Cairngorms, ideally situated for skiing fanatics in Aberdeen and the North East of Scotland. The Lecht resort specialises is skiing for families with ample beginners slopes. The "Magic Carpet" tow is one of a kind in Scotland. I would describe it as a conveyer belt of sorts that beginner skiers simply stand on to be transported to the top of the nursery area. This is one of the resorts best features, in my opinion, because it saves hours of side-stepping up the slopes before you are competent enough on skies to use the tows. This is particularly good for infants. If you plan to hire equipment when you are there I strongly suggest you get there very early or book online before you go. (I spent 3 hours there one morning waiting with a friend for skis! In the end we called it quits and left.) During the summer months The Lecht becomes a haven for mountain bikers that make use of the uplift. There are also a selection of quad bikes and dirt karts that take over the centre during these months.

What are the slopes like?

The slopes here are more suited to beginner skiers and boarders, however riders of all abilities are catered for too.

5 Green Runs
8 Blue Runs
5 Red Runs
1 Black Run

The uplift for the area consists of:

1 "Magic Carpet"
1 Chairlifts
10 Poma Drag Lifts

Click here to see the piste map

The Lecht is a great ski area to learn to ski at, however for more advanced skiers the runs are quite short so you don't really get the chance to "feel the burn", and there are a limited number of run to keep expert skiers amused. For boarders it is a similar story, good for beginners and intermediates, but lacks challenge for more experienced riders. For those that enjoy rails, jumps and pipes there is a "fun park", but check before you go to see what is available that day.

How much does a ski pass cost?
2011/12 Prices
The Lecht Prices

Overall what is The Lecht Ski Centre like?

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How do I get there?

From the SouthHeading from From Perth, head North towards Blairgowrie along the A93. Follow the road through Blairgowrie and follow signs for Braemar A93. When you reach Braemar continue for a further 15 miles where you should turn left and take the A939 to Cockbridge. Continue along this road until you see the centre straddling the road.

From the NorthLeaving from Inverness, take the A82 south from around 1.5 hours heading for Fort William. 9 miles before you get to Fort William you will see signs for the Nevis Range Ski Centre.

From the EastFrom Aberdeen take the A93 West towards Ballater and Aboyne. After 35miles you should reach Ballater. Take a right turn a mile past the town on to the A939 to Cockbridge. Continue along this road until you see the centre straddling the road.

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