Small Queues, Good Catering On Site, Value For Money & Overall Good Skiing
Small Runs, Slow Lifts, No Link Between The East & West Slopes, Poor Rental
When I first saw the piste map of the Lecht, I must admit that I wasn't really expecting much for an intermediate skier. However I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the skiing the Lecht had to offer. We had travelled up from Nottingham for half term & we were staying about half an hour north of the Lecht, which also situated in an hour of Glenshee and Cairngorm. On arriving at the Lecht, the slopes looked surprisingly larger than the piste map, which already gave me a good impression. Ski hire was quick and easy but if possible take your own gear as some days I assume they can sell out quickly. However the disadvantage of ski hire was the quality. Most of the boots and skis are over 15 years old and look fairly dated. Don't expect anything on par with the Alps.
After this, it was fairly easy to access the slopes as they are just out the door from ski hire. Generally lifts open up, as the day progresses so don't be concerned if only half the lifts are open to start with. Personally I would recommend the grouse poma as it gives you access to the top of the hill, with some nice blue runs on either side. As a whole, the actual skiing is brilliant, with most slopes starting off fairly flat and then becoming steep towards the end. Unfortunately on the other side of the valley, there are two nice reds and a blue, but you have to take your gear off to cross the road and then hike uphill to the draglift, which isn't very convenient.
As far as the catering goes, in the day lodge, there is a nice bar and cafe which is good quality but not alpine, however you do feel hungry as you smell the food as you come in at lunch. After skiing however, there is not much around. There are a few pubs in Tomintoul but you must remember that this is the middle of the highlands.
To sum up, the Lecht is a surprisingly good day out which offers some quality skiing, but unfortunately, one day there is all you will need. Booking a week ticket is not a good idea as you have usually skied all the runs in a day. Also, buy your tickets on the day as snow is never guaranteed in Scotland, and you don’t want to be left disappointed.