Coire an t-Sneachda is almost certainly one of the most popular gully skiing locations in Scotland due to the proximity to the Cairngorm ski area. It's also a contender for the most popular winter climbing area in Scotland as well, and as a result, it can be very busy in the gullies! The best time to ski the lines are late in the season when the corrie is quieter, or late in the day to avoid the majority of the crowds.
Easy options into the corrie include the west facing descent from Windy Col (at NH998036), or "0.5 Gully", a shallow northeast facing gully between the head of the col above the Goat Track, and Fiacaill Buttress on Cairn Lochan at NH990028. The slope taken by the Goat Track can also give a good short descent in the right conditions, and is steeper than nearby "0.5 Gully".
Amongst the easiest described on this site! Either head up through the ski area and onto Fiacaill a' Choire Chais and round the top of the corrie, or from the ski car park, follow the well made path round into Coire an t-Sneachda. If returning from skiing elsewhere, such as in the Loch Avon basin, you can sneak an extra descent in on the way back in the corrie.
There have been a lot of lines skied in the corrie, with some subtle variations. For mellower alternatives to the main gully lines, Windy Col on the Eastern side of the corrie, and 0.5. Gully to the West of the Goat Track offer less serious propositions. The steep ground below the summit between Jacob's Ladder and Aladdin's Couloir has several steep and intimidating entry points, including "Forty Thieves", a Grade I chute. Other than the main gully lines detailed, there have been descents of The Slant (Grade I, but serious) on the Mess of Pottage and Central Gully Left-Hand (Grade I/II). There are no doubt others...
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