Ridge Walk

Cairngorms National Park

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

Also in Moray, United Kingdom

Ski Touring Easy

Distance
2.5 km
Ascent
233 m
Descent
171 m
Duration
1-2 hrs
Low Point
1.1 km
High Point
1.2 km
Gradient
23˚
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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.

Difficulty

Easy

Wide gentle slopes at around 20 degrees or less.

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.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, November, December

Features

  • Walk Required

Equipment required

  • Skins

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