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Encyclopedia > Glenshee Ski Centre

Glenshee or Gleann Shith (Gaelic for Glen of the Faries) is the largest and oldest commercial ski resort in Scotland. It is in Aberdeenshire, on the northern side of the Cairnwell Pass between Blairgowrie and Braemar in the southern Highlands of Scotland. Based across three valleys and four mountains the resort offers 36 runs which cater for all abilities. Uplift is provided by two chairlifts, sixteen tows and three t-bars. A ski resort is a ski area with a village and/or high-end accommodations and other amenities at the base of the mountain. ... Motto: (Latin for No one provokes me with impunity)1 Anthem: Multiple unofficial anthems Capital Edinburgh Largest city Glasgow Official language(s) English, Gaelic, Scots2 Government Constitutional monarchy  - Queen of the UK Queen Elizabeth II  - Prime Minister of the UK Tony Blair MP  - First Minister Jack McConnell MSP Unification    - by... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... See Blairgowrie for other places of this name. ... Braemar (Scottish Gaelic, Baile a Chaisteil Bhràigh Mhàrr) is a village in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, around 58 miles west of Aberdeen in the Highlands. ... The Scottish Highlands are the mountainous regions of Scotland north and west of the Highland Boundary Fault. ...



  • Area: 2,000 acres (8 km²)
  • Base elevation: 2,132 ft (650 m)
  • Pisted runs: 40 km
  • Uplift capacity: 15,460 per hour
  • Opening hours: 0830-1700 (7 days a week)
  • Vertical descent: 1,500 ft (457 m)
  • Summit elevation: 3,504 ft (1068 m)
  • Longest run: Glas Maol - 2 km (1.25 m)
  • Snowmaking: 20,000 m
  • Season: December - April (snow dependent)
  • 21 lifts - 2 chairlifts, 16 Pomas and 3 t-bars
  • 36 Runs - 8 Green (22%) 13 Blue (36%), 13 Red (36%) and 2 Black (6%)


Skiing began at Glenshee in the late thirties when a few enthusiasts who had learned to ski in Europe, came here to practice their new-found sport. Following the war, some of them returned to build simple rope tows, driven off the rear wheel of tractors and in 1957, Dundee Ski Club built the first T-Bar tow on Meall Odhar. World map showing Europe Political map (neighbouring countries in Asia and Africa also shown) Europe is one of the seven traditional continents of the Earth. ... Dundee (Scottish Gaelic: Dùn Dèagh) located on the North bank of the river Tay, is a royal burgh and the fourth largest city in Scotland. ...

As skiing grew in popularity, five of the pioneers reached an agreement to lease the land from Invercauld Estate and went on to form Glenshee Chairlift Company Limited, which operated the ski area until May 2004.

In December 1962, with the completion of Cairnwell Chairlift and a small café, the area opened to the public and enjoyed fantastic snow conditions. So, emboldened by success, Sunnyslope T-Bar was built in the summer of 1963.

Unfortunately, through a cruel twist of fate, that winter was a wash out and the new tow operated for just seven days.However, despite this disappointing start, the commitment to development over the years has made Glenshee the largest Ski Centre in the UK.

In recent years, however, the resort has suffered from poor winters and visitor numbers have dramatically reduced. This led to the Glenshee Chairlift Company putting the area on sale in early 2004. Many believed this was the end for Glenshee but that same year it was bought over and new money invested. It is yet to be seen if this new lease of life will keep the resort open for another 50 years.


The ski area is unusual for Scottish hill land because of its complex bedrock and the high fertility of most of its soils. Reflecting this fertility, the stone ruins of old shielings from past centuries occur at a higher altitude than recorded elsewhere in the north-east Highlands, as do moles and breeding frogs. Bedrock is the native consolidated rock underlying the Earths surface. ... Genera Uropsilus Desmana Galemys Talpa Mogera Parascaptor Scaptochirus Scaptonyx Scapanulus Urotrichus Neurotrichus Scalopus Parascalops Scapanus Condylura Moles are members of the family (Talpidae) of mammals in the order Insectivora that live underground, burrowing holes. ... Genera See text. ...

Many uncommon lime-loving plants grow on the ski area and nearby, the long established Caenlochan National Nature Reserve is Britain's second richest site for rare arctic-alpine flora.

A higher population density of ptarmigan has been found on the ski area than recorded anywhere else in the world, and red grouse and mountain hares are unusually abundant. Dotterel, golden plover, ring ouzels, twites and occasionally snow buntings can be found breeding, whilst peregrine falcons, golden eagles and ravens hunt the area. Binomial name Lagopus mutus (Montin, 1781) The Ptarmigan (Lagopus mutus) is a small (31-35 cm) bird in the grouse family. ... Binomial name Lagopus lagopus (Linnaeus, 1758) The Willow Grouse (Lagopus lagopus) is a medium-sized bird in the grouse family. ... {{Taxobox | color = pink | name = Mountain Hare | status = Conservation status: Lower risk (lc) | image_width = 250px | regnum = Animalia | phylum = Chordata | classis = Mammalia | ordo = Lagomorpha | familia = Leporidae | genus = Lepus | species = L. timidus | binomial = Lepus timidus | binomial_authority = Linnaeus, The Mountain Hare (Lepus timidus) is a hare, which is largely adapted to polar and Italic... Binomial name Charadrius morinellus Linnaeus, 1758 The Eurasian Dotterel (Charadrius morinellus), or in Europe just Dotterel, is a small wader in the plover family of birds. ... Genera Pluvialis Charadrius Thinornis Elseyornis Peltohyas Anarhynchus Phegornis Oreopholus Plovers are a widely distributed group of wading birds belonging to the subfamily Charadriinae. ... Binomial name Turdus torquatus Linnaeus, 1758 The Ring Ouzel (Turdus torquatus) is a European member of the thrush family Turdidae. ... Binomial name Carduelis flavirostris (Linnaeus,, 1758) The Twite, Carduelis flavirostris, is a small passerine bird in the finch family Fringillidae. ... Binomial name Plectrophenax nivalis (Linnaeus, 1758) The Snow Bunting, (Plectrophenax nivalis), is a passerine bird in the bunting family Emberizidae, a family now separated by most modern authors from the finches Fringillidae. ... Binomial name Falco peregrinus Tunstall, 1771 The Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus), sometimes formerly known in North America as Duck Hawk, is a medium-sized falcon about the size of a large crow: 38-53 cm (15 to 21 inches) long. ... Binomial name Aquila chrysaetos Linnaeus, 1758 The Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) is one of the best known birds of prey in the Northern Hemisphere. ... Species See text. ...

As well as the nature reserve at Caenlochan, there have long been Sites of Special Scientific Interest on the ski area at Glas Choire and nearby on Cairnwell. More recently, under European legislation, a Special Protection Area for birds and a Special Area of Conservation for vegetation have been designated, both of which include part of the ski area. A Site of Special Scientific Interest or SSSI is a conservation designation denoting a protected area in the United Kingdom. ... A Special Protection Area or SPA is a designation under the European Commission Directive on the Conservation of Wild Birds (79/409/EEC). ... A Special Area of Conservation (SAC) is defined in the European Commission Habitats Directive (92/43/EEC), also known as the Directive on the Conservation of Natural Habitats and of Wild Fauna and Flora. ...

Construction and operation of the ski facilities have caused no adverse effects on the bird populations or rare plants. The Company has welcomed independent monitoring of environmental impacts and reinstatement since 1986, when it also commissioned the first environmental baseline study of any Scottish ski area.

The case study Monitoring mountain-sport's environmental impact: Evaluating the potential of remote sensing in Scotland (Glenshee) evaluates the human impact on the environment at Glenshee.

The top of the Cairnwell Chairlift offers the best panorama of the Cairngorms to be seen from any Scottish ski area. The Cairngorms: Ben Macdhui seen from Carn aMhaim This article is about the Scottish mountain range. ...

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