Macdonald Aviemore Resort is just a short drive from the Cairngorm Mountains and the perfect base in the centre of Aviemore for your break. You'll find a choice of 3 different 4-star hotels together with woodland lodges all located within the resort and all within a stroll of all the resort facilities. Within the resort you'll find a great choice of restaurants and bars, indoor pool, sauna, beauty treatments, children's activity rooms and soft play, cinema and even a luxury department store.
Macdonald Aviemore Resort is also home to our partners Ski Norwest offering inclusive skiing and snowboarding breaks with us. You can also book your accommodation directly with us and still purchase a ski package from Ski Norwest.
Ski Norwest also have their own ticketing machine so avoid queuing on the mountain for lift passes on your first morning and head straight for the lifts.
Lift passes will be issued when you collect your equipment hire the night before or early in the morning. Ski Norwest has been providing ski holiday packages for the last 30 years and specialise in weekend and midweek ski breaks. They are based in our resort grounds and can arrange the complete package for you, with accommodation at our resort, equipment hire, lift passes and lessons.
Our expert partners at Ski Norwest offer lessons for all levels of skiers and snowboarders from basic beginner to advanced. Children can also learn in group classes from age 8 years in term time and from age 5 during school holidays.
Ski Norwest will make up all equipment in advance to ensure a quick fitting and collection of hire either the night before or early morning before setting off. As well as equipment hire you can also hire ski jackets, salopettes, goggles and helmets.
There really are few places in the world more breath-taking than the Cairngorms National Park and especially during winter when it becomes a white wonderland. The ski resort opens from December until late April depending on snowfall. There are ski runs for beginners available. Please check with Cairngorm Mountain for latest updates.
Build a snowman or sledge in the resort grounds over winter. It's great fun for all the family. Another popular spot for sledging is The Hayfield, just follow directions to Cairngorm Mountain and it's before the mountain on your right. If you don't have sledges with you, just ask at Reception and we'll point you in the right direction of where you can hire or buy them.
After a day on the slopes enjoy a delicious meal at one of our restaurants in Macdonald Aviemore Resort including Giovanni's Italian Ristorante or Aspects - our signature restaurant. If you're just looking for a bar meal and local whisky then The Laggan Whisky & Cocktail Bar, within the grounds of Macdonald Highlands Hotel is the perfect spot.
We're just a short 15-20 minutes' drive away to the Cairngorm Mountain where you'll find parking. If you'd rather jump on the bus you'll find a bus stop just opposite the resort which offers a regular service to the mountain.