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Nevis Range Resort Reviews

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Nevis Range Resort Reviews

Visitor reviews for Nevis Range Ski Resort

Nevis Range Ratings

Overall: 3.1. Based on 14 votes and 14 reviews. Vote

Snowsure: 2.5

(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Nevis Range is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

Variety of pistes: 3.5

(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Nevis Range has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

Off-piste: 3.8

(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.

Scenery: 4.1

(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

Access: 3.3

(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Nevis Range.

Public Transport: 3.3

(1) There are no buses or taxis to Nevis Range, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.

Accommodation: 4.0

(1) No places to stay in/near Nevis Range, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.

Cheap Rooms: 4.1

(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

Luxury Hotels: 3.3

(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Nevis Range.

Ski in/Ski out: 1.9

(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.

Childcare: 1.9

(1) There are no child care facilities at Nevis Range, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

Snowmaking: 2.0

(1) Nevis Range relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.

Snow Grooming: 3.1

(1) There are no snow groomers at Nevis Range, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Nevis Range are groomed daily.

Shelter: 2.0

(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Nevis Range is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

Nearby options: 2.6

(1) If snow conditions are poor at Nevis Range, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.

Regional rating: 3.4

(1) Nevis Range usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.

Lift Staff: 3.7

(1) The staff at Nevis Range are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Nevis Range are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

Crowds/Queues: 3.9

(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.

Ski Schools: 3.0

(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.

Hire and Repairs: 4.1

(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.

Beginners: 3.1

(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.

Intermediates: 3.5

(1) No intermediate terrain at Nevis Range, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

Advanced: 4.1

(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.

Snow Park: 2.8

(1) Not even a kicker at Nevis Range, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.

Cross-country: 2.6

(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Nevis Range, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.

Luge/Toboggan: 1.7

(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Nevis Range has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.

Mountain Dining: 2.8

(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.

Eating: 3.1

(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.

Apres-Ski: 2.8

(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.

Other Sports: 3.1

(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.

Entertainment: 3.7

(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.

Winter Walks: 3.7

(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.

Ski Pass Value: 3.1

(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.

Value (National): 3.5

(1) Overall, Nevis Range is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.

Value (Global): 3.2

(1) Overall, Nevis Range is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.

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January 29, 2010
JonB from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Nevis Range is an absolutely awful place if you are intermediate or below. Visited 29 Jan 2010 and was amazed they had the cheek to take the money for the lift pass. Tried some blue runs, and was amazed how bad they were for snowboarding. There was thick plate ice with a thin covering of drifted snow. I have never fallen so often. Do they ever piste the runs up here? At the end of the day, I decided to tackle a green run just for the hell of it and to finish off on a succesful (if uninspired) final run. Could not believe it...patchy gorse and rough grass, ice coated. I admit that I am not expert, but I could not handle the variation between wax munching grass and solid ice...and supposedly on a beginner slope. As FYI...I started the day at Glenshee. We got there but the operation closed and the police shut the road due to freak blizzard. That aside, the slopes looked wonderful. Pity I could not get up there...maybe next time. Seriously though, whilst I understand that experienced folk like the challenges of the back corries and freestyle park, I would seriously avoid Nevis Range if this experience is typical of the blue intermediate runs. Go to Glenshee if the snow is there. Or, as I worked out whilst warming up in the cafe, fly ryanair to somewhere decent...it's about the same cost as I spent today on a Glasgow-Glenshee-Nevis round trip.
November 21, 2008
Doug K from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Have been to Nevis several times now over the years but the most memorable trip was last season & it was epic. I was one of the first few to be allowed over the back corries after the ski patrols had blasted the cornices away for safety & had the best Scottish skiing experience in all my 20 years of going up the hill. Dropping into corrie dubh and laying tracks down in the knee deep virgin powder under blue skies was a memory that will stay with me for many years to come. It really offers the best terrain in Scotland by a country mile. The only dampener was that the Braveheart Chair broke down mid-afternoon and we had to hike up high enough to traverse around the mountain to the top station. The park up on the summit was also pretty impressive by Scottish standards & offered some decent rails and booters for skiers/boarders. Keep the fingers crossed for the coming season. Lets hope for some awesome dumps of the white stuff. ;-)
April 14, 2007
Leon from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I've been up to Nevis three times this season. The runs were limited this year, when I was there. But the Boardpark was absolutely brilliant. Great selection of rails and kickers which rivaled anything I saw in France and Austria this year. Hope the team can keep up the innovation and lend the mountain to an even bigger park. Must also mention that some of my best ever boarding has been in the back corries at Nevis. Fantastic powder runs are available if you are lucky.
July 27, 2005
Scott McDonald from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
A recipe for magic… On a cold march morning with the warm sun and birds singing in the city of Glasgow I packed my skiing equipment for a day of adventure at Nevis range. The journey up to the resort was a relaxing drive with amazing views over lochs, mountains and sea coasts, passing villages and towns with all required amenities, services and accommodation. Upon arrival, after driving up the ski road, I was greeted with a large car park area, a foot deep fresh powder and welcoming reception area. The staff were very friendly and helpful and I found the place to have an inviting ethos surrounding it. After purchasing my ticket from the very efficient ticket booth I travelled up the gondola (only one of its kind in Scotland) with once again amazing views over the fort William area and to the mountain of Ben Nevis (tallest in the uk) with dominating presence along the skyline. Once reaching the top station you are greeted by more friendly staff, a restaurant, shop and the highest postbox in the uk! After a quick lunch in the restaurant which offers top notch food at reasonable prices and browsed the shop I travelled out to the slopes. By the view from the top and the fresh untracked powder one could be mistaken they were actually in the alps, but no its Scotland. The runs were excellently maintained by a fleet of piste bashers and dedicated staff. I thoroughly enjoyed the range of exhilarating runs on offer for many levels of experience, from complete beginner, with assistance by the friendly ski school, to the ski enthusiast. For the more experienced skiers among us there is the opportunity to experience arguably some of the best skiing opportunities in Scotland by visiting the back corrie which is serviced by the Braveheart chair. All of the runs at Nevis Range face either North or North-East as well as the back corries and as much of the snow here comes on southerly winds, it's easy to understand why the snow build up is so good in the back. Its often excellent quality as the shelter afforded by the main bulk of Aonach Mor lets the snow settle without being to affected. Allowing skiing sometimes as late as May! So by the end of my day with a smile on my face travelling back down the mountain for the last time, I didn’t want to leave and neither did many of the younger ski enthusiasts desperate to go up, “just one more time!”. Nevis Range truly is the best resort for the people of Scotland and her visitors, with modern facilities, friendly staff, abundance of ski area and a stunning backdrop of scenery you would be foolish to go elsewhere!