Great Weather in Aviemore

Aviemore is having some fab weather conditions for all the family.  Great mountain biking, walking, climbing or just an activity day somewhere ie a nice relaxing picnic by a quite river/stream in the Highlands or Loch Morlich beach & water sports centre.  But you will need some accommodation close by!

Aviemore has a great calendar of annual events coming up, the ‘Big Splash’, ‘Thunder in the Glens’ Harley Davidson Motorbike Rally, European Tour Golf, Aviemore Half Marathon and Christmas Eve Parade. There are also lots of smaller events which happen throughout the year including live music, sport, arts and crafts exhibitions and food events. See the online guide for this month’s.

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Great walks & exciting things to do in & around Aviemore

You need to book your self-catering accommodation early this year as we seem to be getting more & more enquiries, probably due to all the BBC programmes showing what a wonderful place the Highlands is!  Just behind the Macdonald Aviemore Resort you’ll find a gem of a walk that will give you a new perspective on the Cairngorms. From the play area by the fishing pond and dry ski slope, there is a path that runs parallel to the A9 for a short while, then drops down some steps to a tunnel under the A9. Through the tunnel, you enter the nature reserve and where you’ll find a network of paths around a couple of lochans, to bird hides and ultimately to the ridge overlooking Aviemore from which there are fantastic views across the strath to the Cairngorms to the east, Loch Insh and Kingussie to the south and to the east and north are Kinveachy Forest. Well signposted and marked, the path to the ridge is a pleasant walk, and you can be at the top in just an hour or so from the Resort, depending on the weather and how often you stop to take in the nature and the views. We chose a clear, cold autumn day with ice and a sprinkling of snow on the ground, there is a tight steep left turn near the top that was a little slippy but otherwise me managed to get our 5 year old, our dog Bracken and my 76 year old dad up there in one piece. After enjoying the spectacular views, we returned for a walk round the bigger lochan. To our surprise there was a thin layer of ice so we decided to tease our dog a little by throwing sticks into the water, he jumped in, breaking the ice and quickly returned to the bank, unsure of the ice! Any walk in the cold afternoon air can only be followed by a hot chocolate at your favourite Aviemore coffee shop or bar, so we headed to Cafe Mambo!

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Thinking of spending Christmas in the Highlands with the Family & Friends!

No visit to Aviemore at Christmas time is complete if you haven’t enjoyed the Christmas Eve celebrations on Grampian Road. But you need to arrive & book your self-catering accommodation early to find a great spot to stand as there is so much going on! The Christmas parade starts at the north end of the village at the Village Hall and proceeds through the centre, finishing at the Cairngorm Hotel (locally known as “The Cairn”!). The parade includes Santa on his sleigh being pulled by reindeer from the wonderful Glenmore Reindeer Centre (in 2011, the parade included a reindeer baby!). Santa is joined by local school children, the cast of the pantomime showing at the Macdonald Resort, with an escort of music from local drum and pipe bands and a police car or two often decked out in fairy lights in addition to their blue flashing lights! Visitors, who can buy glowsticks and shine in the dark, join the parade along Grampian Road until it reaches the Cairn. From here, Santa and his reindeer head home to the Glenmore Centre (and the North Pole) to prepare for the evening’s delivery schedule, whilst the musicians and visitors enjoy mulled wine and carol singing at the Hotel, a great fireworks display – after which the bars and restaurants of Aviemore welcome visitors for dinner and drinks.

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Home road open today linking top to bottom skiing

Skiing on the Traverse, 105, Coire Cas, and the Gunbarrel. So book your accommodation  early so that you don’t miss out! The White Lady has been wind scoured at the entry point but has some good skiing Lower down and is pisted out, it is narrow in the last third into the M1 poma. The M1 piste has icy sections on the entry with fresh pisted snow below. The Upper mountain has been wind scoured but the Ciste bowl and ptarmigan bowls have pisted fresh snow. Coire cas has massive drifts on the down line fences and we will be working to doze this snow out in the coming days. The lower slopes are thin and narrow with the Home road open today linking top to bottom skiing.

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1,000 sled dogs and 200 mushers taking part in this years event

More than 1,000 sled dogs and 200 mushers took part in the event.The annual rally is run on forest trails around Loch Morlich, in the shadow of the Cairngorms. It features teams of between two and eight sled dogs pulling sleds at up to 25 miles an hour over a challenging, four-mile track.  So book your accommodation for next year early so that you don’t miss out!

Dogs taking part included Siberian huskies, Alaskan Malamutes, Samoyeds and Greenland Dogs.

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Skiing/boarding is already happening

Skiing/boarding is already happening & more lifts due to open.  So book your accommodation in Aviemore  Great conditions on the mountain today with good visibility, no wind and a temperature at the top station of -2C. Light snow showers on top of pisted powder. Its going to be another day of great top to bottom Snowsports.

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2012/13 ski and snowboard season

Snow has arrived at Cairngorm! It may not be enough for skiing yet, but there’s been a dusting of snow on Cairngorm since September! October half term saw more snow and the Cairngorms showed off their new winter coat of 2012. Writing this at the end of November, for ski and snowboard enthusiasts its not enough yet, but the arrival of snow and additional snow making cannons is a positive sign for the forthcoming ski season. Last season was exceptional, the best skiing of the year was in May and I’ve kept my day passes from both 5 and 19 may as souvenirs to recall the fantastic days there. Our 5 year old’s skiing came on a treat this year – we’d had 9 days in Meribel at Easter so he’d really got his ski legs going and thinking that would have been the end of the season for us, 2 days in May were a real bonus. What’s more when the Alps had closed their lifts in April making the end of their season, Cairngorm was still operating and attracting bigger crowds than ever! Let’s hope that 2012/13 proves to be a cracker of a year as well and like last year, runs never ever pisted before become a regular feature of the trail map.

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