Lurchers Gully

Cairngorms National Park

One of the most skied patches of snow in Scotland.

Also in Moray, United Kingdom

Freeride Skiing Moderate

Distance
8.6 km
Ascent
708 m
Descent
707 m
Low Point
596 m
High Point
1.2 km
Gradient
34˚
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Description

Lurchers can be approached in a few different ways, either through hiking up from the top car park, after skiing a line in Coire an t-Sneachda, or after touring from Ben Macdui or the Loch Avon basin. Skirt round the side of Cairn Lochan, descending first on a north-west aspect before picking up the visible patch of snow heading north towards the top car park of Cairngorm mountain. In all but the snowiest years, you’ll have to hike back up and over to join onto the walkers path coming from Coire an Lochain/Coire an t-Sneachda for the last stretch towards the car. The terrain varies depending on recent wind distribution of snow however it isn't steep and allows for a playful approach to be taken on the way back to the car park.

Difficulty

Moderate

Slopes become slightly steeper at around 25-30 degrees.

Low Exposure (E1)

1 out of 4

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.

Remoteness

3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, May

Features

  • Walk Required

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