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Nevis Range

Nevis Range Ski Resort Guide

Nevis Range, Scotland

Rated: 4/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length20km12 miles
Highest Lift1,221m4,006ft
Resort Height650m2,133ft
 Nearest AirportsInverness and Glasgow
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Nevis Range

Nevis Range, also known as Aonach Mor, is Scotland's newest and most modern ski area, located next to Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis. It was opened for the 1989-90 season. Lifts include the UK's only quad chair and six-person gondola, the latter giving it that 'Continental feel', although spectacular views over the West Coast are very Scottish. The nearest town is Fort William where much of the accommodation and apres ski facilities are based.


The Scottish ski resort of Nevis Range is at an altitude of 650m2,133ft, with 20km12 miles of marked runs.

Nevis Range has direct access to 20km12 miles of downhill skiing, with 35 marked pistes, served by a total of 12 ski lifts.

The skiing is at relatively low altitude, so snow cover can be variable.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Nevis Range?

The next notable snow forecast is 5cm2in, expected on 1 October, with around 5cm2in forecast over the next 7 days.

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Ski Area Stats

Nevis Range Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
Total Length
20km12 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts


Nevis Range Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift1,221m4,006ft
Lowest Piste655m2,149ft
Resort Altitude (Nevis Range)650m2,133ft
Max Vertical571m1,873ft

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Nevis Range
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Intermediate Skiers

Nevis Range Overview

Nevis Range is Scotland's, and one of the world's, newest ski resorts. Aonach Mor, the mountain you ski on, translates in gaelic as 'Great Ridge' and at 4006ft (1221m) it is indeed Britain's eighth highest peak, dominated by neighbouring Ben Nevis, the highest peak in the UK at 4406ft (Ben Nevis is next but one along on the Fort William side).

Since the 1930's adventurous locals have been enjoying skiing on the slopes now known as the 'Snowgoose' - so called because come spring when the snow melts it makes the shape of a flying goose! It wasn't until the 1970's that the area's economic potential began to be realised and a feasibility study was carried out into the building of a ski lift here. It then took until the 80's for the granting of outline planning permission for a ski development. From then on it was just a year to the day from the initial 'sod cutting/ground breaking ceremony' to the opening of the resort just before Christmas 1989.

In keeping with modern resort development requirements, contractors worked to strict guidelines set down by environmental organisations to protect the area - no tracked vehicles were used hence all the movement of men and materials was carried out by helicopter with diggers and dumper trucks being airlifted - if a particular truck was too heavy it was disassembled and taken up in sections - or, as with the pylons, a heavier helicopter was used. The site has been designated an SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest).

The six-seater gondola - unique to Scotland - provides skiers with a warm, dry ride up to the slopes - something never previously experienced. The ride attracts over 200,000 passengers each year.

The skiing area at Neivis Range practically doubled in size for the 1995/96 season with the opening up of the Back Corries. What was once a massive wilderness area was opened up to intermediate and advanced skiers and boarders with the installation of the Braveheart Chairlift. When snow conditions allow it is possible to ski the Snowgoose on Midsummers Day when daylight continues for ALMOST 24 hours.

 Notable Ski Runs

The longest possible descent in Nevis Range is 2km1 miles long.


Nevis Range is a modern and well designed ski area with excellent skiing for all abilities. There are a total of 35 runs served by 12 lifts and a total uplift of 9,600 per hour. Easy greens make up 20% of runs at Nevis Range so theres plenty of scope for beginners. An artificial ski slope provides a nearly flat, complete beginners area just up from the Snowgoose Restaurant so its easy to access for first timers. Linnhe, Lochy and the portable trainer tow are the next step for beginners who can then venture a little further over to the Rob Roy T-bar in the direction of the Back Corries where theres a more sheltered easy green area with a gentle run back to the Restaurant. Off Alpha Tow, to the right, there is a longer green run which is perfect for beginners who want to progress a little further up the hill and gradually increase their confidence.

Nevis Range really is the perfect playground for intermediates with blue runs making up a third of the skiing. Novices should progress quickly around The Fairway with its long, wide open slopes. The Summit Run, the highest in Scotland at 4,000 feet, is a very gentle blue, excellent for perfecting technique and as a bonus, on a clear day it has amazing views of the surrounding area.

More experienced skiers will find plenty of challenging terrain around the Snowgoose Bowl and Warrens while a trip 'over the back' into Corrie Dubh is a must. When this area was opened for the 95/96 season it practically doubled the skiing area. The installation of the Braveheart chairlief has turned what was a white wilderness into a fantastic skiing area.

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.


Nevis Range's boarding terrain is classified as 50% Freeride, 20% Freestyle, 30% Carving so there is something for riders of all abilities. The Snowgoose Chair and T-bar gives access to Easyrider, Fairways and Far West - wide open runs - perfect for carving it up or just cruising. The Back Corries offers more extreme terrain - cornice and cliff drops, wind lips, natural 1/4 pipes and steeper more challenging runs - enough to satisfy any freerider.

For the more advanced theres great off-piste - comparable to many of the mainland European resorts. The main area is on the Summit - the highest run in Scotland - with rails, boxes and ramps with graded take-offs. Warrens has a 1/4 pipe jump while a small boarder/blader cross course is being built on Far West at the Quad Chair. The park is maintained on a daily basis to keep everything in good shape.

Riders favourites include The Groove, a gully leading down from The Goose into the natural halfpipe and quarter pipe. Carvers head for the open slopes of Duncan’s Drop, The Goose and Far West where you can let your board run and carve it to the limit. A good taste of steep terrain lies at Winger Wall, which disappears over the edge into the Back Corrie.

New terrain parks are being developed each year with rails, boxes and jumps.

Location and Map

Where is Nevis Range?

This ski resort is in Highland, Scotland, Scotland.


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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Nevis Range is Inverness, 107 minutes drive away.

Glasgow, Edinburgh and Prestwick airports are all within three hours drive.


Ski Lift Capacity

The 12 ski lifts are able to uplift 9,600 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Season Dates

When is Nevis Range open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

Usual opening is early December (Fully weather dependent - sometimes opens in November), and usual closing is Late April.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Nevis Range, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Nevis Range Tourist Office for the latest.

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Aprés Ski

Most of the apres ski can be found in Fort William approx 5 miles (8km) from Nevis Range. There's a good choice of things to do here from cinema and leisure centres to pub and hotels. The cinema has two screens and a weekly choice of new releases, its right next door to the Tourist Information Centre in Cameron Square. To find out whats on in and around Fort William theres a noticeboard in the Square listing events coming up over the next few days.

Fort William has two leisure centres - there's the Nevis Centre with a range of activities including bowling and the Lochaber Leisure Centre at the north end of Fort William which has a pool, water slide and fitness centre with all the multigym apparatus as well as table tennis, 3 squash courts, spacious spa bath, sauna suite, steam baths, solarium and showers. In their refreshment lounge you can even sit back and watch the climbers practise their technique on the climbing wall.

The Nevis Bank Hotel is a popular meeting place for climbers and skiers, as is the Nevisport Bar on the High Street which has an open fire, real ales and live music. The Ben Nevis Bar on the High Street has regular live music while if you'd prefer to dance 'til the early hours then MacTavishs Kitchens have a Friday night disco.

Nevis Range