Guidebook

Ski Tour and Freeride the Wild Cairngorm Mountains

The challenges of Scotland's unpredictable weather and conditions only add to the enjoyment of skiing these beautiful ski lines!

Description

If the conditions are good and the sun is shining, there aren't many better places in the World to ski than Scotland. The problem with skiing in the country is that that "if" is quite a big one! The weather is notoriously changeable and the conditions can barely be predicted from one week to the next, so prepare accordingly and don't expect to tick this list off quickly unless you get very lucky.

There's a combination of lift accessed freeride lines and 3 ski tours in this guidebook, including the gem in Scotland's touring crown - the Cairngorms 4000ers tour. Getting that one ticked off really is a major achievement and you'll need a high level of fitness and determination to do it, as well as a bit of luck.

Once you've worked your way through these routes, try heading West and checking out the epic skiing there is to be had on and around Ben Nevis -

https://fatmap.com/guidebooks/7008/the-definitive-guide-to-skiing-the-ben-nevis-gullies

https://fatmap.com/guidebooks/306/7-freeriding-routes-around-scotland's-iconic-mountain

Lurchers Gully
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Lurchers Gully

Cairngorms National Park
707 m
34 °
708 m
8.6 km
One of the most skied patches of snow in Scotland.
Moderate
Private
Cairngorm 4000ers Ski Tour
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Cairngorm 4000ers Ski Tour

Cairngorms National Park
1 day +
30.8 km
2,458 m
2,461 m
28 °
This incredible loop is well regarded as one of Scotland's best ski tours
Difficult
Private
Coire Cas Headwall
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Coire Cas Headwall

Cairngorms National Park
237 m
42 °
N
78 m
1.3 km
A classic descent at Cairngorm for advanced riders
Difficult
Private
Ciste Mhearaidh
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Ciste Mhearaidh

Cairngorms National Park
408 m
39 °
408 m
2.9 km
A snow sure descent with stunning scenery
Difficult
Private
Ptarmigan Ridge
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Ptarmigan Ridge

Cairngorms National Park
77 m
21 °
W
0 m
0.6 km
A short, gentle introduction to off-piste skiing
Easy
Private
Ciste Gully
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Ciste Gully

Cairngorms National Park
561 m
33 °
N
12 m
3.0 km
One of Cairngorm's longest descents close to the lift system
Difficult
Private
East Wall of White Lady
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East Wall of White Lady

Cairngorms National Park
213 m
37 °
W
0 m
0.7 km
A playful off-piste route above Cairngorm's famous White Lady
Moderate
Private