Your apartment is situated a forty minute drive from not one but two of Scotland's major ski areas. Glenshee Ski Centre, situated situated on the A93 nine miles south of Braemar, has 21 lifts and 36 runs, offering something for all standards of skiers and snowboarders. The Lecht Ski Centre is about the same distance from Ballater at the head of Strathdon. The Lecht has a range of runs to suit all abilities and is often still operating when Glenshee and Cairngorm are stormbound.
Facilities at the Lecht are first class in the custom built £1m daylodge incorporating ski school, ski hire shop cafe and bar all under one roof.Ski hire and lessons can now be booked online .
Snowboarders are well catered for at both resorts. Glenshee's wide range of natural terrain and wide open slopes are ideal for freestylers. Butchart's Coire has wonderful natural halfpipes, and there is also a artificial terrain park. The Lecht has a snowboard funpark built into the hill which needs minimum snow to be up and running. It features table tops, log slides, gap jumps and a full length half pipe. There is an on-site half pipe cutter, freeride terrain on numerous blue and red runs, wide open flowing runs for Alpine riding plus some testing steep terrain and beginners' terrain on lots of green and blue runs
If ski touring is your thing then the miles of forest tracks are ideal for cross country ski enthuisiasts and for the experienced longer tours can be done in the high Cairngorms when conditions are suitable.
For a change of venue you could drive to Aviemore and take a ride up onto the Cairngorm plateau, Britain's only Arctic wilderness, on the new funicular railway. At the top you will find the Ptarmigan, a large split-level restaurant complete with bar and stunning panoramic views.