On the west coast up to 415 vertical metres of terrain are open at Nevis Range where the snow pack is slowly softening at all levels giving nice skiing in Goose. At Glencoe to the south they're hoping for heavy snow on Thursday afternoon and the terrain currently open is not suitable for beginners. On the East Cairngorm above Aviemore reports 350 vertical metres of terrain open on the Fairway, top of Coire Cas, Ciste and Ptarmigan Bowls - some areas are icy in places. At the Lecht it's 150 vertical metres with Eagle, Grouse, Chairlift and Kestrel complete with compact snow but narrow in some places, wide in others. There's also full cover on nursery area with manmade snow. Finally Glenshee has a 250m vertical with limited skiing available on the Cairnwell and Butcharts Access Tows both of which are complete with hard packed frozen snow. There are patches of snow for beginners.
Scotland's six real snow ski areas are joining in the World Snow Day fun on Sunday 22 January 2012 (world-snow-day.com).
World SnowDay is a global initiative organised by the International Ski Federation (FIS) as part of their "Bring the Children to the Snow" campaign; in Scotland there are also events for adults as well as children. There are competitions, races, taster sessions, equipment testing, safety demos, sledging, tubing, après-ski, sled dogs and even the chance to learn how to build an igloo!
Ski and snowboard taster sessions are aimed at complete beginners and include equipment, instruction and lift ticket and must be booked in advance. Costs vary from £25 per person for half a day at Nevis Range and the Lecht to £5 per hour at Glenshee. And CairnGorm Mountain is offering 50 taster sessions completely free, as competition prizes. There are also improver sessions for £10 at Nevis Range, and free Race Training for kids at Glencoe Mountain.
Races and competitions include fun races for kids at Glencoe, kids and adults at Nevis Range, a fun dual slalom for kids and juniors on skis or boards at Glenshee, snow sculpture and snowman building competitions at Glenshee, Nevis Range and Glencoe and even a "World Snow Wear - dress to impress" competition at Nevis Range. Glenshee and the Lecht will be offering tubing while Glencoe and the indoor snow SNO!zone in Glasgow are offering free sledging sessions.
Demonstrations include ski and snowboard equipment tests at Glenshee and Glencoe, with safety and avalanche/backcountry demos/training at Glenshee, Nevis Range and Glencoe. There are also fun demos including "how to build an igloo" at Glencoe and sled dog demos at Glenshee.
Full details of all these events, including the all-important times and booking information are on www.ski-scotland.com All events are of course snow- and weather dependent, except at SNO!zone, which has snow every day of the year!