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5 Of The Best Steep Skiing Descents In Scotland

While many shun Scotland in favour of the Alps, we argue the opposite with our pick of the best steep skiing descents in Scotland

Jordan Tiernan

Description

When, in 1982, Chamonix mountain guide Jean Franck Charlet left the steep skiing capital of the world in the middle of winter, he wasn’t heading to the Greater Ranges for an unskied Himalayan line. No, he was heading to Scotland to sample some of the finest steep skiing in the world. On Ben Nevis.

Helped by the late, great Hamish MacInnes, Jean Franck had hoped to film the spectacle live for the BBC. While Jean Franck’s BBC documentary was a washout, the guide established a first descent down Good Friday Climb; a hair-raisingly steep climbing route that, quite literally, falls off the north face of Ben Nevis.

With all this in mind, we’ve got our selection of five of the best steep descents in Scotland. Now, before all the gully skiing ultras jump into the comments section bashing me for only including five, I think it’s important to stress that this is a deliberately brief list. Just an appetizer to whet the appetite of the uninitiated, if you like.

For the full article, head over to Mpora: https://mpora.com/skiing/5-of-the-best-steep-skiing-descents-in-scotland/

Tower Gully
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Tower Gully

Ben Nevis
0 - 1 hrs
1.3 km
1 m
658 m
48 °
Starting only slightly below the summit of the Ben, you’ve got a fantastic 650 metres of skiing ahead of you all the way down to the CIC Hut through alpine-like scenery
Severe
Private
Aladdin's Couloir

Aladdin's Couloir

Cairngorms National Park
0 - 1 hrs
0.9 km
7 m
243 m
51 °
N
One of Coire an t-Sneachda's longest and steepest descents
Severe
Private
Summit Gully

Summit Gully

Glencoe
0 - 1 hrs
0.6 km
0 m
470 m
48 °
A direct and serious line straight from the summit of Stob Coire name Beith
Extreme
Private
Aonach Mor West Face

Aonach Mor West Face

Ben Nevis
1 - 2 hrs
3.7 km
135 m
702 m
42 °
Explore the west face of Aonach Mor
Difficult
Private
Fuselage Gully, Beinn Eighe

Fuselage Gully, Beinn Eighe

Torridon
0 - 1 hrs
0.7 km
0 m
378 m
51 °
A sporty couloir that's packed with historical significance
Severe
Private