One of Cairngorm's longest descents close to the lift system

Statistics

Analysing terrain data

12

m

561

m

33

max°

Exposure

Exposure

The exposure grade does not take into account objective hazards (stone fall, seracs, etc) but only the consequences of the skier falling.

Low Exposure (E1): 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.

Medium Exposure (E2): As well as the slope itself, there are some obstacles (such as rock outcrops) which could aggravate injury.

High Exposure (E3): In case of a fall, death is highly likely.

Extreme Exposure (E4): In case of a fall, the skier faces certain death.

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.

Description

Starting from the funicular top station, head east and past the Polar Express Poma and the Ptarmigan T-Bar.

Stay as high as you can here, traversing out before dropping into either ‘Number one gully’, ’Number two gully’ or somewhere in between depending on the snow conditions.

Continue skiing down, utilising recent wind distribution to access the best snow (normally on the west wall of the gully but be careful of wind slab).

Instead of cutting skiers left to pick up the west wall poma, continue down the gully following the old chairlift line, useful as a navigational tool in flat light conditions.

Ride as long as you can before hiking out to the Ciste Car Park via the wooden steps next to the old chairlift seats.

From here, pick up the shuttle bus or catch a lift back to the top car park to do it again! NB: If the snow line is high then you can traverse left halfway down the line to catch the West Wall Poma if it's running.