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Boar of Badenoch - Central Couloir

Cairngorms National Park

A short steep roadside classic ski descent that often comes into condition.

Ski Touring Severe

4.7 km
345 m
345 m
2-3 hrs
Low Point
431 m
High Point
738 m
Boar of Badenoch - Central Couloir Map

The condition of the couloirs and access slope can be readily seen from the road. The ascent is obvious and the summit can be reached using the north west face to gain height using climbing skins. The north ridge can be also be booted but crampons and an ice axe should be carried if booting.


It is possible to locate the descent couloir from the upper reaches of the North Ridge on the ascent. The descent starts with a gentle roll over. The crux is a steep tightening in the couloir at half height with a short section of 45 degrees, but it never feels too serious or too narrow.

The area behind the Boar of Badenoch is popular with ski tourers and holds multiple options that can be linked up for a big day out



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

Medium Exposure (E2)

2 out of 4

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


1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

between February and May


  • Couloir
  • Single Descent

Equipment required

  • Skins