Guidebook

7 Freeriding Routes Around Scotland’s Iconic Mountain

Explore some of the rowdiest freeride lines near Ben Nevis, Scotland's iconic mountain.

Description

Skiing in the British Isles is slim pickings, so you might as well go to the biggest and the best. Ben Nevis, at 1,345m above sea level, is the pride of Scotland and the UK’s highest mountain. Located close to the town of Fort William, Ben Nevis sits at the western end of the Grampian Mountains in the Lochaber area of the Scottish Highlands.

The ski area around Ben Nevis, Nevis Range, has a variety of runs from gentle beginner slopes to advanced off piste runs. The ski season officially runs from December to April, but sometimes due to mild weather spells, the snow conditions can be challenging.

We've compiled 7 of the most exciting freeride routes, suitable for experienced freeriders, in this guidebook. Please keep in mind that all seven routes require ski touring equipment due to limited lift access.

Back Corries - Chancer
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Back Corries - Chancer

Ben Nevis
439 m
50 °
23 m
1.4 km
Chancer offers the longest descent down to Braveheart Chairlift, but is reserved for advanced skiers.
Difficult
Private
Spikes
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Spikes

Ben Nevis
477 m
36 °
52 m
2.6 km
This is one awesome bowl that has got to be on the to-do list for all backcountry skiers in the area, with easy access back to resort.
Moderate
Private
Summit Gully
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Summit Gully

Ben Nevis
512 m
40 °
87 m
3.1 km
Ski directly from the summit of Aonach Mor via the choice of two wide & chargeable gullies!
Moderate
Private
Back Corries - Winger Wall
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Back Corries - Winger Wall

Ben Nevis
439 m
39 °
18 m
1.8 km
The next wall over from the main Back Corries bowl. Winger Wall usually gets the sun slightly earlier than the main bowl routes.
Moderate
Private
Back Corries - Yellow Belly
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Back Corries - Yellow Belly

Ben Nevis
440 m
39 °
18 m
1.5 km
Less of a traverse into this one - following the fall-line directly down into Coire Dubh
Moderate
Private
Easy Gully
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Easy Gully

Ben Nevis
451 m
38 °
25 m
1.8 km
An extremely easily accessed steep gully, especially if the Braveheart Chairlift is open.
Severe
Private
Back Corries - Back Track
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Back Corries - Back Track

Ben Nevis
440 m
44 °
18 m
1.5 km
Back Track is a great way to get into Coire Dubh and get the full length run down to the base of Braveheart!
Moderate
Private