Spikes

Ben Nevis

This is one awesome bowl that has got to be on the to-do list for all backcountry skiers in the area, with easy access back to resort.

Freeride Skiing Moderate

Distance
2.6 km
Ascent
52 m
Descent
477 m
Low Point
741 m
High Point
1.2 km
Gradient
36˚
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Description

Spikes gives access to a fantastic hidden corie, just beyond Coire an Lochain and is great choice to head towards if you see the Back Corries getting heavily tracked out. Just be aware that this bowl isn’t assessed by patrol (although it is named on the piste map) and is therefore a full backcountry itinerary.

Saying that, this doesn’t mean that you can’t still pop your head in the Ski Patrol hut, state your plans and get a little bit of beta from the Ski Patrol staff on how conditions are fairing in Spikes, or neighbouring Summit Gully.

Spikes is easily accessed from the Ski Patrol hut by walking towards the summit of Aonach Mor along the broad ridgeline in a south - south east direction. Take extra care if visibility is poor, as there are some big drops off the coire rim on your left hand side as you walk towards the summit.

Spikes is found on the eastern side of the broad ridge, just after you have passed by Coire an Lochain. There is a small rocky buttress on the skier’s left hand side of the coire rim but other than that, you can drop in anywhere you like to access this bowl.

The bowl is of that perfect width and steepness where you can rip some awesome turns from top, to bottom, as long as the conditions are suitable - so buckle up and enjoy this awesome bowl!

Once you’re at the valley floor, you can traverse skier’s left across the base of Coire an Lochain and back to the base of Braveheart Chairlift to return to resort.

Please be aware that you will require ski touring equipment (and thus a short skin/walk back to Rob Roy’s Return), incase Braveheart Chairlift cannot open due to weather conditions or a low snow level.

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

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, May

Features

  • Bowl

Equipment required

  • Skins

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