The Lecht is one of the 5 ski areas in Scotland, based amid the beauty of the Eastern Cairngorms along the infamous A939 Cockbridge to Tomintoul road. The idea to develop the area was started by James McIntosh, teaming up with Pieter du Pon during their time in the Air Arm Fleet. At the time, James was head ski instructor at Glenshee, during this time Glenshee was at its’ height and wasn’t big enough to hold the growing numbers. James also wanted to develop an area that was more suitable to the beginners. The only thing at the Lecht before 1977 was a lay by for 3 cars at the cattle grid. The ability to attract and hold snow was the ideal place and it was turned into the adventure that is now the Lecht. The company was formed in December 1977 along with Ronnie Winram and Professor Jim Petrie. The Lecht maybe the smallest of the 5 resorts but it packs plenty of punch. Ideal for beginners it still offers great snow sports for the more experienced.
Last season the Lecht opened the Penguin Park. The park is specially designed for children as young as 2 years old. With the New Rotondo Carousel lift it allows kids to get to grips with balancing and sliding around on skis for snowboards for the first time in a safe and fun way, there is also another lift to take them to the top of the penguin park. Along with the fun penguins, snowmen and toadstools there is dragon slalom and arches to weave in and out of making learning to ski or board all the more fun. Not to mention they may get a glimpse of the resident penguin Parker. The idea to make a kindergarten area was because there was nothing for the really small children and the Lecht wanted to get kids excited and interested in snow sports from a young age. The rental department stocks a variety of sizes of skis and snowboards. Last year the Lecht introduced Burton Riglet Snowboards for kids, the riglets have a reel tow cable attached to them with makes it the easiest way to teach the kids by pulling them in the right direction, however if you don’t feel you’re the best person to teach them, you can always book them into the ski school for a lesson or two from their experienced instructors.
For the more advanced skiers and snowboarders there are a variety of rails and jumps to try, and throughout the season there are rail jams and air and style competitions to show off your skills, with a range of goodies up for grabs.
If snow sports isn’t your thing then you can always come up to see the spectacular sight of the ski centre in full swing and enjoy a hot chocolate from the cafe bar or even take a chairlift ride to the top.
Snow sports isn’t the only thing at the Lecht, in the summer months it opens its two downhill mountain bike trails. No need to waste your energy in biking up the hill, simply hook your bike onto the chairlift and enjoy the ride to the top. There are two trails a blue for the
beginners and a red for the more advanced, these have many features including dirt jumps, bomb holes and features build from rock. There is also a skills park with many features to improve your skills.
There are many upcoming events on at the Lecht this coming season.
- 27th December – Burton Riglet Demo
- 28th December – Skimo
- 14th January – January Rail Jam
- 1st February – SSSA Alpine Race Series Primary Schools
- 2nd February – SSSA Alpine Race Series Secondary Schools
- 25th February – Lecht Air and Style
- 25th March – Slush Fest
For more information on The Lecht Visit http://www.lecht.co.uk/ where you will be able to find out more about their current slope status and be able to see live links to video cameras set up on site.
They would also be delighted to answer any questions you may have by either emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling them on 019756 51440