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Aviemore at the end of March?

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I'm working in Inverness next week and rather that fly home on Friday, would it worthwhile for my wife to pop up and have a weekend in Aviemore? I've never skied Scotland before so not sure what to expect the 3rd week of March.
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It's hard to tell, as always! That being said, there is a good cover of snow already and looks like a good chance of a cold spell arriving this weekend. We often have the best conditions of the year this late, so might be worth a gamble. When do you have to decide (the later the better!)
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Head West. Ben Nevis or Glencoe.
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I have to decide by tomorrow whether to book a flight home for me or a flight up there for her on the Friday.

@ scotspikey - do you think it would be worth the extra 1.5 hour drive (each way) for two days?
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@897sma, in terms of specific resort it will really depend on the weather, which given its 10+ days away is unclear. However given the copious amounts of snow already and cold temps and potentially snow due over the weekend into early next week I think you should be in for a good shout of decent conditions. Like I said it will just depend on if the weather plays ball. From Inverness you have the option of going East or West or Cairngorm. Lecht is only 30-40 mins from Aviemore if the winds are up a bit - its a bit more sheltered. Glenshee is another hour on (back road via Braemar) but in great nick at the moment. Its the best Scottish season in years so if you were ever going to do it, do it now....!!!
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Looks like a consensus! I had a look at the weather again and you have a better than even chance of it being worth it.

If conditions are tough, you can still have fun and a sense of achievement for braving "Scottish" skiing.....normally southern softies can't take it so we might even give you some sort of honorary citizenship!

Good luck and let us know what you decide (and how it goes)
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And if everything conspires against you there's loads of other things to do. My wife and I go up there around this time every year with the attitude that if the skiing is happening then it's a bonus. But if the skiing isn't happening we hike and enjoy the wonderful surroundings.
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Scotland is pretty much 100% open today, so there should be plenty open in 1-2 weeks.

Book it.
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Thanks everyone, I'll do it tomorrow
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If you want a really good meal try the Old Bridge Inn in Aviemore down by the river. Some of the best pub food I've had and a steak to die for.
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Scotland is pretty much 100% open today, so there should be plenty open in 1-2 weeks. Book it.


Sadly it doesn't work like that 897sma. There can be plenty of snow but winds can be 100mph with the ski areas totally storm bound or roads blocked with snow.

We'd never book more than a day in advance for Scotland after carefully considering the weather.

Fingers crossed for you though! If the weather plays ball you will love it!
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Whitegold wrote:
Scotland is pretty much 100% open today, so there should be plenty open in 1-2 weeks.

Book it.


Scotland is pretty much closed today. Lots of snow but very high winds.
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Whitegold wrote:
Scotland is pretty much 100% open today, so there should be plenty open in 1-2 weeks.

Book it.


You've not done a lot of scottish skiing, have you?? Laughing It doesn't work like that and a warm wind and rain can strip a ski area very quickly indeed. Oh the winds can shut the resorts down for days on end.

OP should be ok though as forecast cold next week.
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I have jobs just north of Perth & also on Skye over the next week & I think I'll be taking skis just in case. I normally only ski at Glenshee but hoping to try Glencoe & Nevis on the way to/from Skye although current forecasts seem to be favouring Glenshee for a decent fall, which it needs after the thaw this week, so perhaps it will be there again after the Perthshire job is completed.
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If you do decide to head to Nevis/Glencoe area and the weather really isn't playing ball, you can spend some time at Ice Factor at Kinlochleven which, as the name suggests, is not just a climbing centre but has the world's largest indoor ice climbing wall! https://www.ice-factor.co.uk/
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Well I’m here in aviemore and there’s plenty of snow but f@&k me the weather is bleak, it’s so windy I have to keep a constant right pressure to just go straight
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After the horrendous wind yesterday, today’s skiing has made up for it. Still a little breezy but beautiful clear blue skies and all the pistes open and mostly in good condition.
@esaw1 I’m taking your recommendation for the old bridge inn and have booked a table for tonight. Thanks for everyone’s reply
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897sma,

I'm pleased you've experienced the good side of Scottish skiing (after seeing the bad...)

Are you back for more skiing tomorrow? Puzzled
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Had a fantastic night in The Old Bridge Inn last time I was there. If you’re bored of CairnGorm and not going home tomorrow I advise a trip to Nevis Range. Ok this morning on the lower 1/2 but a bit too firm above, fantastic this afternoon. Spent 3 amazing hours in Coire Dubh. 3” fresh snow on grippy base, no wind, variable weather from heavy snow to bright sunshine, in 3-10min intervals. Max guests 9, nearly an hour of:


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Morning
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Afternoon
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