A short walk from Ptarmigan building to access some of the steepest freeride lines on the map

Statistics

Analysing terrain data

Exposure

Exposure

The exposure grade does not take into account objective hazards (stone fall, seracs…) but only the consequences of the skier falling.

Low Exposure (E1): Exposure is limited to that of the slope itself. Getting hurt is still likely if the slope is steep and/or the snow is hard.

Medium Exposure (E2): As well as the slope itself, there are some obstacles (such as rock outcrops) which could aggravate injury.

High Exposure (E3): In case of a fall, death is highly likely.

Extreme Exposure (E4): In case of a fall, the skier faces certain death.

Medium Exposure (E2)As well as the slope itself, there are some obstacles (such as rock outcrops) which could aggravate injury.

Description

This hike goes from the Ptarmigan top station building, travelling up to the summit of CairnGorm at 1244 metres, and continues in a westerly direction, accessing the ridge of Coire an t-Sneachda at 1176 metres. The hike to the summit takes approximately 30 minutes.

There is a fence that marks the route, which is usually partly visible in winter.

From the summit cairn, you can ride down the Coire Cas headwall, or continue in a westerly direction to access the significantly more challenging terrain in Coire an t-Sneachda, such as Jacob's Ladder and Aladdin's Couloir.

The route can be made in to a loop, by skiing out of Coire an t-Sneachda all the way back over in to lower Coire Cas.

If snow conditions allow, it's also possible to ski right out of Coire an t-Sneachda and finish near the Cairngorm base station and car park.