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Hesitation Gully

Cairngorms National Park

Classic road side bowl close to ski resort

Also in Angus, United Kingdom

Freeride Skiing Difficult

1.2 km
0 m
408 m
Low Point
542 m
High Point
951 m
Hesitation Gully Map

Great bowl with wide starting zone which keeps the snow well and gets the afternoon sun in early spring. Sometimes a better start is found in the more north facing aspects of the bowl at the col. The run is featured in the Scottish Ski movie Comfort Zones (1:42-2:18).


Access is either from the dog leg car park, skinning up the route or the shoulder lookers left of the route. Alternatively, it can be combined with a ski tour up Glas Maol or accessed from the top of Glas Maol ski lift requiring a traverse along the plateau. Good visibility and solid navigation skills are required for the traverse. Starting Zone is anywhere between Creag Leacach (987) and its col with point (943) to the southwest.



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

Low Exposure (E1)

1 out of 4

Exposure is limited to that of the slope itself. Getting hurt is still likely if the slope is steep and/or the snow is hard.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

between January and March


  • Bowl
  • Walk Required

Equipment required

  • Skins
  • Crampons