Clashindarroch Forest Trails
The forest trails are situated about 5 miles west of Rhynie on the A941 Rhynie to Dufftown road, (the map below directs you to Rhynie). The trails are a joint venture between the Forestry Commission and Huntly Nordic Ski Club, who maintain and groom the trails during the 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.
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.