Snowsport Highland Ski School

Safety, Enjoyment, Progression


Groups • Private • Equipment Hire

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Ski and Snowboarding lessons for beginners and families of mixed ability

Safety, Enjoyment, Progression


Our lessons are aimed to help beginners and families of mixed ability come together in a way that is enjoyable for all. We all learn at different speeds but our strength is our instructors ability to make it an adventure and enjoyable experience for all. You can be safe in the knowledge that we'll make the experience stress-free and organise a memorable adventure for all! 



Our highly experienced ski school manager Alan Melville is qualified and trained to Alpine Coach Level 1. All our snow sport instructors are a mixture of trainee & qualified Ski and Snowboard Leaders.

Our instructors have had a long experience of teaching large groups and groups with special needs, children and adults and enjoy links with groups such as the Princes Trust Volunteers, Girl Guide Association, Scouts and Schools.

Skiing or snowboarding in the Scottish Mountains is a completely new experience for most of us and tuition is strongly recommended to allow safe and smooth progression and further enjoyment of your skiing & snowboarding. It also aids familiarisation with the resort layout and surroundings.

Guide to levels of ability - Skiing

  • Level 1 BEGINNER – NEVER EVER skied before 
  • Level 2 SNOWPLOUGH GLIDE – Holding a snowplough and being able to snowplough stop/brake, may be starting to turn a little. Also may have used a beginners lift.
  • Level 3 SNOWPLOUGH TURN – Making strong snowplough turns in both directions and can use beginners lifts confidently. Can ski green runs and easy blue runs
  • Level 4 – BASIC SWING – Strong snowplough turns with the skis becoming parallel towards the end of the turn. Can ski blue runs with confidence and can use most types of lift on the mountain
  • Level 5 - BASIC PARALLEL – Skis remaining parallel through most of the turn on blue and easy red run. Wanting to improve technique on steeper slopes and in different snow conditions.
  • Level 6 – GOOD PARALLEL – Skiing with skis parallel all the time on all main runs. Working on carving skills and skiing off piste.

Guide to levels of ability - Snowboard

  • Level 1 BEGINNER – NEVER EVER been on a snowboard before
  • Level 2 SIDESLIP TRAVERSE – Can control speed and direction on one or both edges but not yet turn from edge to edge. Can use a chairlift.
  • Level 3 TURNING – Can turn to one side most of the time and to both sides on easy terrain. Can use a chairlift and easy drag lifts.
  • Level 4 – LINKED TURNS – Can link turns together on blue and easy red runs. Confident on drag lifts, T Bars and chairlifts.
  • Level 5 – RYTHMIC LINKED TURNS – Can link turns on red runs and can ride in variable snow conditions and terrain.
  • Level 6 – ALL SNOW, ALL TERRAIN – Learning to carve the board and are comfortable at higher speeds on all types of snow and terrain.

Group lessons

2 hrs @ £25 per person 10am till 12pm and 1pm till 3pm

PLUS Skis Boots & Poles hire £18 per person per day


Private lessons and Ski Guiding by arrangement 



Essential Clothing

Scottish Mountain weather is liable to change very quickly and you must be prepared. It is essential that proper clothing is worn which will keep you and especially the wee ones warm and dry. So remember to pack at least two or three thin inner layers with a wind and waterproof outer layer (not jeans!) along with suncream hats gloves and goggles.

Equipment Hire

Equipment hire is available from our base beside the Blackwater Inn on the Ski Road (A93) 11 miles north from Blairgowrie, PH10 7LH - FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS. PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY TO SECURE EQUIPMENT - shop open from 8am till 6pm. We recommend juniors in particular wear helmets, however, there is a limited stock of adult and junior helmets for hire.

  • Size of Area: 2,000acres (790 hectares)
  • Base Elevation: 2,132ft (650m)
  • Pisted Runs: 40km
  • Uplift Capacity: 15,460 per hour
  • Opening Hours: 0830-1700 (7 days a week)
  • Vertical Descent: 1,500ft (457m)
  • Summit Elevation: 3,504ft (1068m)
  • Longest Run: Glas Maol - 2km (1.25m)
  • Snowmaking: 20,000m
  • Season: December - April (snow dependant)
  • 22 Lifts - 3 Chairlifts, 16 Pomas and 3 T-Bars
  • 36 Runs - 8 Green (22%) 13 Blue (36%), 13 Red (36%) and 2 Black (6%)

Useful links

To view or purchase Glenshee lift passes please click here 
For up to date ski reports please click here 
3D Flyover Animations of the UK's largest Ski area
Glenshee Ski Patrol & Safety

Terms and conditions

For full booking terms and conditions please click here.

Safety code

Please observe the safety code and share with other skiers the responsibility for a great skiing experience: Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects. People ahead of you have the right of way. It is yourresponsibility to avoid them. You must not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible from above. Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill, and yield to others. Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment. Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas. Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride, and unload safely.

But most of all ... have fun!


Reserve Your Adventure

To book or discuss your requirements further please contact Alan directly on 07790 845 517, email us at or click the button below to fill out the form. 

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