Midsummer slide at Cairngorm

19th June 2010, by Chris Gill

Shorts and snow

Shorts and snow

Who says you need a glacier to ski in summer? Cairngorm Mountain won’t give up on the ski and board season just yet ... the Scottish resort is opening the slopes for a midsummer slide.

It’s a crazy season they are having up there in Scotland, and there is sufficient snow on the Ptarmigan slopes for Cairngorm to offer snow sports on Father’s Day Sunday 20 June, and on Monday 21 June. While the resort officially closed for the winter season recently, they have decided to celebrate summer by offering keen locals (and anyone on holiday, of course) the chance to ski and board in June – without requiring the services of a glacier.

The resort will open two temporary rope tows on the Ptarmigan slopes for two days. The skiing and boarding will be limited to that area, to Ciste Mhearaidh and the snow-filled Ciste Gully. Visitors will need to bring their own kit or rent in Glenmore (there will be no equipment hire available at Cairngorm itself.) Lift passes will be those of the funicular ride (£9.75 for adults).

Sunday is also the Ski Club of Great Britain’s “big spring clean” day, so you can help the environment by joining in the slope clear-up. Plus there is a hog roast planned for outside the Daylodge and (if you really must ...) there may be some football shown in the Daylodge Bar.


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