Lecht Ski Centre, Aberdeenshire AB36 8YP.
Situated on the infamous Tomintoul – Cockbridge road (A939) and in the heart of the Cairngorm National Park the centre is on the highest main road in Scotland, at 2090ft and the chairlift ride lifts you up another 700ft.
The first trail, ‘Red Fox’, is a red run with a descent of 1,600m and will open by 16th May 2009. This Mountain Cross’ descent has an assortment of dirt jumps, bomb holes, berms and riding features built from rock.
A skills park will open at the end of May.
The second Mountain Cross trail, ‘Blue Hare’ is 1,900m long, a blue single track with easy jumps, bomb holes, bermed corners, avoidance lanes and with passing places will hopefully open by the end of June 2009.
The first sections of both trails are combined at the top of the hill, with extra width and options of feature difficulty.
A “European style” lodge functions as the centre of all the activities, which in the summer also include deval carts, go carts and quad bikes. Here there is a restaurant, bar, toiletes and from July onwards bike hire and cleaning facilities.
A new 360 degree web-cam at http://www.webcam-ski.com/webcams/interfaces/the-lecht/ gives an up to date picture of the conditions on the hill, with specific zoom in points for the attractions.