Clashindarroch Forest Trails
The forest trails are situated 5 miles west of Rhynie on the A941 Rhynie to Dufftown road. The trails are a joint venture between Forestry and Land Scotland and Huntly Nordic Ski Club. The ski club maintains and grooms the trails during winter.
The Clashindarroch Forest provides some of the best snow holding trails in Scotland. The forest averages 45 days of skiing each year, with an informal race to be the first to complete the "Haute Route" on skis each year - the earliest completion to date being Oct 18th.
There are many trails and routes in the forest which are marked and mapped at every junction. The "Haute Route" takes you through the forest on to the path along the top ridge, which gives you great views over the surrounding hills. The main route is 10k, but there are many shortcuts on and off it. Also not to be missed is the "Rollercoaster" which is aptly named as a forest ride - good fun, but not for beginners or those looking for style. Never the less there is suitable terrain for everyone!
In 2009 the pisted trails had 118 days of skiing, but a new area called Timberline usually remains usable for a good bit longer than the main trails.
Further information about the Clashindarroch Forest and directions can be found here: