First Time Guide
Skiing in Scotland is much the same as skiing anywhere else in the world ... but you must come prepared to get cold and wet!
What to wear
Underneath ... staying warm and relatively dry
- Breathable - waterproof clothing
- Lots of layers - its easier to remove than to add layers - try a vest, thermal, long sleeved t-shirt, wool or fleece top
- Freedom of movement - don't wear anything restrictive
- Warm when wet - as a general guideline, try to avoid cotton
- For the bottoms - leggings or tracksuit are best ... at all costs avoid jeans or trousers with zips or buttons at the ankle
- Socks - long medium thickness woollen socks
- Wind and waterproof
- Collar - that will zip up to protect the neck and chin
- Cuffs or fastenings at the wrist
- Hat or helmet - that covers the forehead and ears as well as the main part of the head ... this will also help to keep you warm
- Gloves - waterproof - well insulated and that there is an overlap with the jacket at the wrists
- Goggles - not absolutely necessary but can make or break a day when conditions are not ideal
- Sunglasses - for the blue skies days
You can hire adult ski clothing on site at Nevis Range, and buy other essentials such as hats, gloves or goggles in the shop at the gondola top station.
You can hire skis, boots and sticks or snowboard and boots in Equipment Hire at the base station.
If it's your first time on the slopes, we recommend you take lessons. The Nevis Range Snowsports School is located on site and you will find a range of packages and lessons that cater for the first timers every need.
Beginners' Area - Zone B
If you check out the Nevis Range piste map you will see that we have blue and green runs, so there are ample areas perfect for the first timer!! The majority of these runs are located near to the top station, with the exception of the runs accessed by the Summit button and the Quad chair which means you only need to purchase a Zone B ticket.
A word of warning though - on days when full cover is not available beware of heading straight up the mountain to the blue runs on the summit, as the red runs down the Goose can sometimes test even the most experienced skier's nerve. If you are having instruction it is a good idea to ask your instructor what runs would be suitable for your level of ability. There is a dry slope located at the bottom of the alpha tow, which is used when the snow cover on the lower part of the mountain is not sufficient for skiing.
Please ensure that you read the Snow Report which you can find online or on screens on site, before you head onto the slopes.