Weekends can get pretty crowded at the Scottish resorts, and public transport is rarely an easy option. Various dry slopes and clubs put buses on, but if you’re taking your own wheels then an early start is an absolute must. Get one of those hellish bell-and-hammer ones if that’s what it takes – it might rouse everyone in a three-mile radius, but it’ll get the job done.
Forego that extra half-hour in bed and make sure you’re one of the first in line
Some resorts are forced to suspend ticket sales on busy days to prevent unmanageable overcrowding, and this is even more of an issue when some lifts can’t be opened due to wind. Also, at Cairngorm you may end up in the overflow car park, where you have to wait for a shuttle bus to take you to the top.
The resorts are all very good at keeping customers informed via social media, so if you are running late then check the feeds to get any updates on ticket sales and parking. But an even better plan is to forego that extra half-hour in bed and make sure you’re one of the first in line.