Scotland's largest ski resort is based in Aberdeenshire. Glenshee Ski Center covers 790 ha/7.9 km² and with its 22 lifts and 36 runs, it's the UK's largest snow-sports resort. Mountains’ altitude can reach up to 1245 m/4084 ft, so expect to find rough conditions with quite a few black runs.
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Snowboarding in Vall de Nuria, Girona, Catalonia Spain
Vall de Nuria (The Valley of Núria) is a south opening valley, coming down from the crest of the Pyrenees within the municipality of Queralbs, province of Girona, Spain. According to legends, Saint Giles hid in a nearby cave a holy image of the Virgin. Vall de Nuria ski resort is accessible by the rack railway, or by foot.
Temperatures vary from 8°C/46.40°F to 24°C/75.20°F with January being the coldest month. Lowest altitude is at 1964 m/6443 ft and highest is at 2252 m/7388 ft. At Nuria, there are 7,6km/4mi of snowboarding area, with 6,6 km of guaranteed snow coverage, due to its 88 cannons.There are eleven pistes, three of them difficult and two very difficult. Six more are medium and easy. At Nuria, there is also a special slope for sleighs.
For the experienced snowboarders, Pala Bestia is a 783 m/2568 ft long, very difficult piste. Beginning at 2250 m/7381 ft at the top, sliding down the slopes inside the forest. Beginners have a variety of easy pistes to practice. Les Creus is the biggest, blue flagged piste, about 1750 m/5741 ft long passing by Pic de l’ Aliga hostel and the snowpark, perfect for starters who want to practice.
You can move around the pistes on two button lifts, one chairlift, one cable car and one magic carpet. At the resort, you can find a variety of services like picnic zones, children play park, exhibitions, restaurants and cafes. You can also visit the sanctuary. Meet ski teams, visit the local club, and talk to qualified instructors. You can hire your board and buy your equipment from nearby stores.