At Glenshee we're delighted to welcome ski tourers, split boarders and walkers to the Ski Centre. As skiers, tourers and mountaineers ourselves we know the area is a great place for an off-piste adventure!
As a ski touring and walking destination, there are nine Munros within reach of our carparks, and with a bit more effort the potential for another seven further out across the Glas Maol plateau towards Lochnagar, giving the opportunity when conditions allow for some great Backcountry tours and winter walking.
To help ensure you get the most from your day when you are traversing through the ski centre, please read our FAQ’s and follow the advice provided by Mountaineering Scotland’s Snowsports touring code .
Please be aware that during the winter season our slopes and carparks can be very busy and are limited by capacity. We monitor carparking and skier numbers daily for the safety of our customers and visitors. This is to try to ensure that they get the safest and best experience we can provide them. By making Glenshee your walking or touring destination you are potentially making use of services which are provided and maintained by us, and we ask that you work with us to ensure everyone gets the most from their day.
It's important to remember, that when leaving the managed area of the ski centre and entering Backcountry terrain, it places all responsibility for safety and risk on the participant/s. If you are venturing into the Backcountry, you must understand this responsibility. and how snow conditions, weather and terrain choice all influence safe judgment.
For avalanche and weather forecasts there are boards in Ski Patrol or outside ticket office.
For further information go to the Scottish Avalanche Service.
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Ski Touring or skiing in the Backcountry loosely refers to any environment out with a ski resort boundary and terrain that is not pisted or ski patrolled.
Ski Touring and splitboarding are amazing ways to enjoy Scotland's Backcountry snow covered hills and mountains in winter.
If you are just starting out on your Backcountry experience, Snowsport Scotland provide some great advice on looking after yourself during winter and preparing for your day - Backcountry — Snowsport Scotland
The managed ski area is any marked ski run and up lift within the ski centre boundary.
The ground within the ski centre boundaries at Glenshee are land which is set aside and managed for the recreational purpose of winter snow sports and governed by the Land Reform Act 2003 - https://www.legislation.gov.uk/asp/2003/2/contentsPiste Map
Sometimes called Sidecountry skiing, if you have journeyed to Glenshee and intend to use any of the managed areas within the snow fencing and to ski/split board on the pisted runs, then we ask that you obtain a day, half day or ski touring ticket.
We understand that you may be just starting out and at the beginning of your ski touring experience or maybe just after an easier start to your day, so we have created a ski touring ticket to help you get the most from your trip to Glenshee. Our Ski Touring ticket covers your carparking for the day and access to 4 uplifts to help you quickly clear the madding crowds. It also allows use of the pisted areas for downhill skiing/boarding whilst you are enroute or returning from areas out with the ski centre*.
If you are looking to spend a bit more time on the marked runs to practice your downhill technique and come to grips with the bit that some find as the hardest part of ski touring! an all-day area ticket is available to purchase online and will give you uplift and downhill access to all the operating tows on the day. If you only have a few hours to spare in the afternoon and want to get some practice in, our half day ticket is also available and starts from 12.30pm.
*Ski tourers/split boarders with a touring ticket, day or half day ticket are reminded that if you are skinning uphill within the boundaries of the ski centre that you still need to remain outside the snow fences and managed areas to prevent conflict or collision with downhill snow sport traffic.
If you don’t intend to make use of the managed areas within the ski centre boundary during your day, but are parking at the ski centre, then we ask you help keep the access roads clear by parking responsibly within the main carparks and contribute towards your use of our carparking facilities.
During winter, day parking at the ski centre costs £4 and is payable online or in the base café. The cost of parking is included in the price of any lift pass. A choice of free parking is also available at the Sean Spittal Bridge, 1 mile to the north of the ski centre or at the Devil’s Elbow carpark, 1 mile to the south.
If you are basing your days activity around Glenshee, we ask you plan your day to remain outside of any operational snow fenced areas and to avoid accessing any up track (ski tow line) at any time, whether in operation or not*, and follow Mountaineering Scotland's - Snowsports touring code
Please be aware that the ski centre can be a busy place, and to be vigilante and to give way to downhill snow sport traffic.
*During winter, up tracks or lift lines form part of the critical infrastructure of the ski centre and the snow base on them can at times be very fragile and easily damaged by unauthorised or inappropriate access.