Ridge Walk

Cairngorms National Park

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

Ski Touring Easy

2.5 km
233 m
171 m
1-2 hrs
Low Point
1.1 km
High Point
1.2 km
Ridge Walk Map

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.



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.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, November, December


  • Walk Required

Equipment required

  • Skins

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