The Nevis Range resort spreads over the northern side of Aonach Mòr (1221m/4006ft), some 6 miles from Fort William and centres on a gondola that leads to downhill skiing in winter and hiking and mountain biking in summer.
Also at the gondola’s summit is a restaurant and visitor centre, while other activities detailed on the resort website (but not here) are winter climbing; mountain ceilidh nights (four dates in summer) and paragliding.
Between December and May 12 ski lifts operate here. As always in Scotland, when exact opening times are very much snow dependant, but as the country’s highest area, the chances at Nevis are good, and the season tends to last longer too. In good snow 24 runs are opened; there’s a bit of everything, but half are graded blue/intermediate.
Riding the gondola is a pleasant, low energy route to some superb high mountain views. From the summit station a of walking routes lead to impressive viewpoints. Both are easy and take about 1hr return. There are also 25 miles of easy forest trails from the base of the gondola.
The downhill mountain bike course at the Nevis Range has been a fixture on the World Cup circuit for years and is challenging even for expert riders on full-blown downhill bikes. But there’s also another lift-accessible trail here that’s graded “Red” and targeted at the average keen mountain biker riding pretty much any style of mountain bike.
Additionally, if you relish the legwork of a climb, you should investigate the Witch’s trail system that lies adjacent to the base of the gondola. It offers about 20miles of trails in three loops which vary from challenging cross-country race loops to family-friendly trails.
In season a full range of ski and bike and rentals are available at the gondola. Multiday discounts are offered as is instruction in all the various sports.