Skiing in Scotland could be the answer for many British skiers who are feeling anxious about booking holidays in Europe.

Of course at present we're in the midst of a second lockdown and all non-essential travel is prohibited. But looking a month or two down the line, skiing in Scotland could hold the answer for desperate skiers across the UK. 

The prospect of booking a European ski holiday is full of uncertainty right now - we don't know if or when resorts will open. Some travel agents have already announced they've cancelled all ski trips until Jan. 1st, then there's the negative Covid-19 test results needed to enter many European countries and the inevitable battling to claim refunds if your trip is cancelled. At present of course we're in the midst of a second lockdown with the Foreign Office advising against all but essential travel. 

The Ski Club of Great Britain's Consumer Survey for Winter 2020/21, highlighted some big differences between this year and last.

Firstly, this year there is a huge rise in skiers intending to make late bookings: over half (57%) are planning to book a last-minute holiday (within a month of travel), in comparison to only 10% last winter. This trend is totally understandable given the ever-changing restrictions to travel during the pandemic.

Booking a last-minute ski trip would definitely suit UK skiers considering the Scottish ski slopes, as prior to Nov. 5 there were no quarantine measures in place for travellers arriving in Scotland from the Common Travel Area (England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Channel Islands and Isle of Man). Fingers crossed this will be the case again from Dec. 2. And there were also regular Easyjet and BA flights. 

Secondly, the consumer survey showed that UK skiers planning a trip this winter are much more likely to drive than last season: 27% are planning to drive (only 7% last season). This isn't surprising given that many people would find it less risky to travel in their family car than to board a plane. With this in mind, a road trip to Scotland is an obvious choice. It just becomes a waiting game: waiting for ski areas to open and checking the forecast for a big snow dump, then it's time to buckle up and drive!

It's definitely worth doing your homework though as skiing in Scotland is very different to skiing in the Alps. Scottish skiers often have to contend with strong winds and unpredictable snowfall. Also the Scottish ski areas are not so much 'resorts', but more ski slopes with basic amentities and skiers often stay in nearby villages.

All Scottish ski areas are currently closed. We reported this week that the Nevis Range has announced it has suspended the sale of season tickets for now and temporarily closed its doors. But Cairngorm, The Lecht, Glenshee and Glencoe are all hopeful they'll open in December and are offering early-bird discounts on season passes. 

You can read more about each of the Scottish ski centres here: "Five days in the Scottish Highlands"

If the UK's dry and indoor ski centres are allowed to reopen after Dec. 2, these will also offer more possibilities to hopeful skiers. See our guides: Indoor ski centres and Dry ski slopes.