Aladdin's Couloir

Cairngorms National Park

One of Coire an t-Sneachda's longest and steepest descents

Ski Touring Severe

Distance
851 m
Ascent
7 m
Descent
243 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
924 m
High Point
1.2 km
Gradient
51˚
Aladdin's Couloir Map

Aladdin’s Couloir is situated to the skier’s left of Jacobs Ladder, slightly further around Coire an t-Sneachda. It’s well known as one of the classic Caingorm steep descents.

Description

Be aware that Coire an t-Sneachda is outside the official ski area, and it’s remote nature makes rescue much more difficult. Be prepared and have the appropriate equipment for backcountry adventure. Also be aware this is a popular winter Grade 1 Snow/Ice Climb and is frequently too icy to ski.

The drop in is steep, and may be corniced, so make a thorough assessment of the route and conditions before setting off. A short way below the cornice, there is a small col skiers right that separates the main cliff from a pronounced rock pinnacle – cross this col to gain the top of the couloir itself.

Take great care here – the direct line to the left of the col is much more serious and very conditions-dependent (Aladdin’s Mirror).

Once in the main couloir, follow the wide, angled bed of the gully between steep walls, until the couloir bends quite sharply to the left and into the fall-line. From here it’s a straight line down in to the open bowl of Coire an-t-Sneachda.

This line is highly demanding, and requires good mountaineering skills as well as a knowledge of snow conditions at the time of your visit.

Difficulty

Severe

Steep skiing at 38-45 degrees. This requires very good technique and the risk of falling has serious consequences.

High Exposure (E3)

3 out of 4

In case of a fall, death is highly likely.

Remoteness

4 out of 4

In the high mountains or remote conditions, all individuals must be completely autonomous in every situation.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, December

Features

  • Cliffs
  • Walk Required

Equipment required

  • Rope
  • Skins

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