Skiing in Glenshee for a first timer?

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Just looking for a few tid bits of information here really.

a few in our office are going/ been skiing so far this year and 1 guy is taking a caravan upto the ski resort of Glenshee in Scotland.

now i have never ski'd before and this place is a 6hour drive, im thinking my father and myself could bob up there on a friday night get some accomodation an get a hour or 2 lessons instructions then just go and have a good weekend away.

Has anyone else just gone for a few days an had a laugh or am i planning too much?
any pointers would be great if people have been before or are regular ski'ers


ive checked the prices of it all and its not too bad
lift = £13 per day for begineers
skis boots poles = £28 2days
Suit hire = £18 2days
Insturctions for 90mins 1=£15 / 2 = £27 / 3 = £39
+ Diesel for the trip
 
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Well there's not much snow there at the moment afaik. It's not the best ski area in Scotland, i'd go to the Nevis Range (Aonach Mor) for preference however they don't have much snow either atm.
 
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It is impossible to learn to ski in a couple of hours or even a few days, you are, quite frankly, wasting your time. You won't really get past the snow plow stage in a couple of days and that really isn't that much fun.

Try snowboarding because you can easily be up and running in a few days as it is much easier to learn. :)
 
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AJUK said:
Try snowboarding because you can easily be up and running in a few days as it is much easier to learn. :)

Don't listen to this man, he's spent too long sitting in the middle of slopes on his bum and the cold has spread to his brain. It's the only explanation as to why he's recommending boarding over skiing. Boarding is not really worth it, particularly when there's not much snow cover which there isn't at the moment.

He is right though, if you've never been on ski's before a weekend won't be long enough. Do you have anything like Xscape around? Indoor ski slope which would be good for some lessons and building yourself up before hitting the real slopes.

http://www.xscape.co.uk/

Edit : Quick google shows your about an hour and a half away from the Castleford Xscape complex which is doable.
 
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http://ski.visitscotland.com/conditions/
check that theres snow before you go :p

Never been to glenshee, but it looks like the biggest resort.
I'll hopefully be going up cairngorm or nevis range on sunday :D


edit: Boarding is easier? :S I always thought skiing looked much easier, but then i'v never tried skiing so i cant compare.
 
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touch said:
http://ski.visitscotland.com/conditions/
check that theres snow before you go :p

Never been to glenshee, but it looks like the biggest resort.
I'll hopefully be going up cairngorm or nevis range on sunday :D

Glencoe reckon they will have enough snowfall over the weekend to ensure all runs will be open for the next fortnight from Monday :) However due to high winds and the heavy snowfall they won't be open this weekend.
 
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Windle said:
Don't listen to this man, he's spent too long sitting in the middle of slopes on his bum and the cold has spread to his brain.
This is very true. LOL. :D

Lake Tahoe (Heavenly, Sierra and Kirkwood) just last week. :cool:
 
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you guys tend to put people off :(

im just wanting to go learn the basics for 2 days an have a laugh with my dad i dont want massive off piste runs or some super fast runs i just want to go have a laugh an stay up long enough to turn and slow down on my own.

after checking the dry ski slopes (sheffield) its very expensive for just 1hours lession

this would be good to spend time with my dad and do something ive always wanted to do.
 
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Go and do it then! You don't need our permission but you asked for information and we have given you our thoughts on the matter. :)
 
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Ransom said:
Just looking for a few tid bits of information here really.

a few in our office are going/ been skiing so far this year and 1 guy is taking a caravan upto the ski resort of Glenshee in Scotland.

now i have never ski'd before and this place is a 6hour drive, im thinking my father and myself could bob up there on a friday night get some accomodation an get a hour or 2 lessons instructions then just go and have a good weekend away.

Has anyone else just gone for a few days an had a laugh or am i planning too much?
any pointers would be great if people have been before or are regular ski'ers


ive checked the prices of it all and its not too bad
lift = £13 per day for begineers
skis boots poles = £28 2days
Suit hire = £18 2days
Insturctions for 90mins 1=£15 / 2 = £27 / 3 = £39
+ Diesel for the trip

All theinfo you need is here http://www.winterhighland.info, just ask in the forums for any extra advice.
Also try http://highland-instinct.co.uk/ for more info and another great forum.

If You are driving a long way I wpould try and stay somewhere more central to have a choice of Ski areas. Aviemore might not be bad, close to Cairngorm but the Lecth is around the corner and Nevis range is drivable in a day easily. Bound to get good conditions at one of the 3.

Currnetly good beggi ners snow in the eats. the west as some more expert terrain

I used to line an hour 20 mins from Glenshee and have skiied there over 100 times, similarly for Glencoe. Glenshee is a greta place for begiiners and intermediates when the snow is good (when the snow is really good it has great off-piste terrain as well). It is the biggest area in Scotland, over 40K of piste makiing it comparable to many european and US resorts. 3 valley and 4 mountains, 22 lifts or so. Excellent rolling terrain for begginners. Lots of lifts distribute customers. Good ski school,

I reccommend the Ski school at the SPittal of GlenShee, Cairdsport. Very friendly people, very good.

All resorts have somehting to offer. The Lecht is considered the bets place in Scotland to learn to ski at, easier short terrain but good facilities.


Definitely do this, skiing in scotland is amazing. Just done have your heart set on 100% skiing. Throw your hiking boots in the car and maybe do some nice hiking, or mountain biking if the snow is not great.

Any questions let me know.
 
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AJUK said:
It is impossible to learn to ski in a couple of hours or even a few days, you are, quite frankly, wasting your time. You won't really get past the snow plow stage in a couple of days and that really isn't that much fun.

Try snowboarding because you can easily be up and running in a few days as it is much easier to learn. :)


You can learn to ski in a couple of days easily. Snowboarding may be easier in the begining to leanr with a visibible gain in the first couple of weeks of learning. But after that learnign comes from experience and from being on the hill. This comes from years of experience being out in all differnet weather conditions, riding all different terrain, in all different snow, learnign your own limits, learning to ride be feel and not sight, learnign the dynamics of other people on the mountain. The leanring never stops, I have been skiing and boarding for 15 years and I never stop learning new in formation. Indeed, the better you get the more you need to leanr if you start doing some off-piste skiing. A whole new world opens up learning new snow, avalanche conditions, refining safety.

The actual learning how to ski or snowboard in miniscule amount of actual time learning. Incidently, you tend to leanr a lot more in 2 days skiing than 2 days boarding even if you can't get down the mountain so well.
 
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AJUK said:
This is very true. LOL. :D

Lake Tahoe (Heavenly, Sierra and Kirkwood) just last week. :cool:

Heavenly is dire for snowboarders, its just plain boring for skiers. Its entirely flat, except for that minute area they call Motte Canyon, mediocre at best.

Sierra is ok but not a great resort.

Now kirkwood is the greatest little resort in the world. Pitty you were there in such a lean snow year. Now what I love about kirkwood is that on a morning with fresh pow, you get up the wagon wheel and all these boarders are sitting around clipping up, or walking along the ridge. the skiiers skate off along the Wall and jump in... ;) and the laughs you get watching them bail navigating the bumps under the wagon wheel chair and hearing them go "Dude, thats so gnarly".

SOme seriosuly sweet terrain. Got any pictures, I miss Tahoe :( (lived in SF for a year and notched up 70 ski days at Tahoe and Mammoth, had a kirkwood season pass)
 
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Ransom said:
you guys tend to put people off :(

im just wanting to go learn the basics for 2 days an have a laugh with my dad i dont want massive off piste runs or some super fast runs i just want to go have a laugh an stay up long enough to turn and slow down on my own.

after checking the dry ski slopes (sheffield) its very expensive for just 1hours lession

this would be good to spend time with my dad and do something ive always wanted to do.

I'm totally spamming this thread, but its topic close to my heart :)

Just go man, just go. If I was back i n scotland you could stay at my parents place, 1hr20 to Glencoe or Glenshee, 2hours to Cairngorm.

(as I said though, throw in some hiking boots to avoid dispaointment)

Do you wnat to be in grey sheffield, or here:
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Heavenly is dire for snowboarders, its just plain bvoring for skiers. Its entirely flat.

Sieera is ok but not a great resort.

Now kirkwood is the greatest little resort in the world. Pitty you were there in such a lean snow year. Now what I love about kirkwood is that on a morning with fresh pow, you get up the wagon wheel and all these boarders are sitting around clipping up, or walking along the ridge. the skiiers skate off along the Wall and jump in... ;)

SOme seriosuly sweet terrain. Got any pictures, I miss Tahoe :( (lived in SF for a year and notched up 70 ski days at Tahoe and Mammoth, had a kirkwood season pass)
It was getting a bit icy towards the end of the week, as my bruised arse will testify. I caught a heel edge on an ice patch and lost it completely. LOL. :D

I intend to post some pics in due course, I have been charged with collating the lads offerings and will probably put an online album up for those that are interested.
 
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