The Lecht suffers from being a relatively long drive from the Central Belt of Scotland, but is an excellent friendly, compact beginners’ and early intermediates’ centre and attracts a strong following from Aberdeen and the North East of the country. Continued investment in snowmaking and grooming equipment has meant that, despite the relatively low elevation, there is usually decent beginners and early intermediates runs open when other low lying runs are incomplete. As long a temperatures are low enough then the centre will be making snow, particularly on the lower runs. It is however quite a remote centre lying on the infamous A939 Cockbridge to Tomintoul Road and the base station is a collection of smaller buildings: a licensed restaurant/café, ski and board hire, ski and snowboard school. The nearest accommodation is in the village of Corgarff and in the picturesque village of Tomintoul.
|Opens||Dec – April|
Certainly best suited to beginners and early intermediates The Lecht also has a couple of steeper runs which are actually ratified as intermational slalom pistes. Most of the runs are set on one side of a fairly shallow sided valley, although the skiing and riding on the Buzzard – which is on the other side of the road – can be good when it gets the snow. There are 11 runs and most are linked along the upper ridges, but most are little more than links. The Lecht is often very well sheltered from the winds and can be a very pleasant, and non-threatening oasis when the the rest of the Scottish centres are suffering gale force winds. By any standards the runs are short and the lifts become very busy when other centres are closed and the snow cover is limited. The centre may be small but they are keen to invest in making for an enjoyable experience for all visitors. A tubing run was created and there is a short dry slope which runs all year and also a snowboard fun-park.
|Accommodation & Apres Ski|
Accommodation is available in Tomintoul village where the Gordon Hotel is recommended and there are a few other pubs and hotels worth a visit. Nearest accommodation is in the hamlet of Corgarff, but The Lecht is usually regarded as a day or weekend visit.