The Nevis Range Ski Centre, four miles northeast of Fort William at Torlundy, is situated on the mountain of Aonach Mhor (4,006 ft). It's Scotland's highest skiing and snowboarding area and has the longest ski season, running from Christmas to May. It also boasts the country's only cable-car system, built in 1989. The 1 mile gondola ride is a popular attraction not only with skiers and snowboarders in the winter but also during the summer off-season period, when it's used by hill walkers to gain easy access to the mountains.
For most tourists, though, it's an easy way to climb to over 2,000 ft and enjoy the wonderful views from the terrace of the self-service restaurant at the top. There are ski and snowboarding schools and also a dry slope for summer skiing in July and August (open Sunday-Thursday 1100-1230).