Coire Raibeirt

Cairngorms National Park

A great line that holds its snow well into the season.

Ski Touring Difficult

Distance
1.4 km
Ascent
0 m
Descent
343 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
729 m
High Point
1.1 km
Gradient
29˚
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Description

Use the lift system to take you to the top of the ski area and then hike/skin up to the summit of Cairngorm. From here, enjoy the views before descending on a S/SW aspect to start with before heading S/SE to pick up the natural stream line of Coire Raibeirt. The natural contours of the slope hold the snow well into the season and give great skiing as you make your way down towards Loch Avon. The slope steepens at the bottom, forming a natural gully and (in a good snow year) taking you down almost to the loch. From here, you can skin on a westerly aspect- along the shore line- and towards Coire Domhain, before heading out towards Coire an t-Sneachda or the ski area. This is also an excellent option to survey both Diagonal and Y Gully’s from the bottom and (if wished) climb them before committing to a descent. Although tough work, this is often considered good practice in Scotland where conditions can turn from ankle deep powder to a nasty breakable crust in a matter of hours!

Difficulty

Difficult

Serious gradient of 30-38 degrees where a real risk of slipping exists.

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

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, May

Equipment required

  • Skins

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