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Glenshee sells itself as the most extensive skiing in Scotland, with 25 miles of downhill runs over four mountains.

Although it was open for business earlier in the season, all the lifts were closed yesterday, with conditions "pretty foggy". There is "plenty of snow for sledging", but not for skiing or boarding until things get colder. A day pass costs £25. For more information, visit or call 013397 41320.


Runs at Scotland's "original ski area" were closed although the access chair lift was "opening", according to updates on The site also reported that, "Ski runs are filling up well. Good cover across the mountain. We are ready to open for snowsports when snow conditions are suitable." January day passes for adults start at £15.


The Scottish resort is said to be great for beginners and is currently operating four runs with man-made snow. The plan is to open more lifts as conditions improve; at lunchtime, staff reported that an inch of snow had fallen in an hour. An adult day pass costs £25. Go to or call 01975 651440.

The Nevis range

The resort has 12 lifts and 20km of on-piste runs. There's no skiing at the moment, but the snow is expected to arrive soon. In the meantime lessons are available on the artificial slope. A full day pass is £26. Go to or call 01397 705825 for more information.

Cairn Gorm

The funicular railway and four lifts were open but, according to, skiiing was for "experts only". "Visibility is 200 metres and temperature is -3C ... there are still a lot of icy areas around." A one-day ski ticket costs £29.

Raise, Helvellyn, Cumbria

Raise can hardly compete with the Alps, but it now boasts a permanent button lift. There was "insufficient snow for skiiing" yesterday. Contact 015395 35456, or go to (Skiers must first join the Lake District Ski Club; adult membership costs £23. The daily tow fee is £7.)

Yad Moss, Cumbria

A recent lottery grant has funded two piste bashers and a new slope-side cafe at Yad Moss, which also has a permanent button tow, but as of yesterday there was not enough snow to ski. Day membership is £15. Go to or call 01228 561634 for for more information.

Harwood Common, County Durham

This south-facing slope has two parallel rope tows and operates at weekends, during school holidays, and whenever there is sufficient snow. There is a 500-metre run, and you can just turn up on the day and pay your £10. The slope was open for about five days earlier in the season, but there was no snow yesterday. Call the Harwood Ski Federation on 01748 850415 for updates.

Allenheads, Northumberland

The ski area is operated by the British Norwegian Ski Club, with two permanent tows. There was no up-to-date information on snow conditions available yesterday, but in good conditions there are around 500 metres of skiing. Annual membership is £25. Go to or 01670 715719 for more information.

Swinhope Moor, Weardale, County Durham

There was no skiing in the second half of December, but when the snow does arrive this is as close to alpine conditions as you're likely to get in England, with runs of more than 1km entirely possible. There are two linked button lifts operated by the Weardale Ski Club. Day membership is £15. Call 01388 527527 or 01388 527125 for more info.

So you have the top spots now all you need is somewhere to stay so why not have a quick search through Bargain Villas for your next cheap UK ski accomodation.

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