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Monday, 24 January, 2000, 13:04 GMT
Winter sports in Scotland

Mountain scene Scotland offers some of the best mountain scenery


Winter in Scotland means icy winds, snow, sleet, rain and freezing temperatures - all of which is music to your ears if you're keen on outdoor pursuits like skiing, climbing, snowboarding or hillwalking.

BBC News Online Scotland has collected together links to websites providing information on conditions in Scotland's various mountain ranges. You can find them all down the right hand side of this page.









Skiing

The main ski areas in Scotland are: Cairn Gorm, Glenshee, Lecht, Glencoe, and Nevis Range.


Skier It's downhill all the way!
Skiing is mainly downhill although there is some cross-country skiing when the snow level permits, and there is enormous scope for ski mountaineering and off-piste skiing.

The season normally runs from early December to the end of April.

For online information on conditions at the ski centres, visit Ski Scotland, part of the Scottish Tourist Board's website.

Another source of information is The Scottish Ski and Winter Activity Report.




Hillwalking and climbing

Conditions on the Scottish hills can be extremely severe, meaning proper clothing and the ability to use a map and compass are essential.

A good weather report can help judge conditions but out in the open, the decisions are yours.

Check out the Scottish Mountaineering Club's site, as well as the Mountain Bothy Association and Mtn.co.uk, a site covering a range of mountain activities.




Other useful information

The Avalanche Information Service, maintained by Glasgow University, provides (as the name suggests) latest information about avalanche risks and what causes them.


Snowboarder Snowboarding and skiing are popular
The forecast is constructed from five separate area reports which arrive at different times.

If the forecast for the area you are interested in is not present, check back later.

We've also provided other links on the right for you to gather more details about conditions on Scotland's mountains.

The one thing we haven't done is linked to mountain rescue teams' websites - hopefully you won't need them!
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