A short walk from Ptarmigan building to access some of the steepest freeride lines on the map

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217

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Difficulty

FATMAP difficulty grade

Easy

Description

This hike goes from the Ptarmigan top station building, travelling up to the summit of CairnGorm at 1244 metres, and continues in a westerly direction, accessing the ridge of Coire an t-Sneachda at 1176 metres. The hike to the summit takes approximately 30 minutes.

There is a fence that marks the route, which is usually partly visible in winter.

From the summit cairn, you can ride down the Coire Cas headwall, or continue in a westerly direction to access the significantly more challenging terrain in Coire an t-Sneachda, such as Jacob's Ladder and Aladdin's Couloir.

The route can be made in to a loop, by skiing out of Coire an t-Sneachda all the way back over in to lower Coire Cas.

If snow conditions allow, it's also possible to ski right out of Coire an t-Sneachda and finish near the Cairngorm base station and car park.