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South of Glen Coe/Rannoch, to the Central Belt

Ben Lui

Ben Lui is without doubt one of the most iconic mountains in the Southern Highlands, and Central Gully is the obvious skier's challenge.  On a clear day, the amount of snow can be assessed from the car park at the head of Glen Cononish.

Although most come for Central Gully, the face at the head of Coire Gaothaich offers a number of potential lines.  In the right conditions, you can more or less ski anywhere on the face,

Bidean nam Bian

Bidean nam Bian is a fabulously complex mountain overlooking Glencoe.  "The Three Sisters" form rocky terminations of ridges that separate Coire Gabhail ("The Lost Valley"), Coire nan Lochan and Coire nam Beith.  All the glens and corries offer great possibilities for gully and face descents, with most of the Grade I and II lines having seen several descents.

With the publication in November 2014 of the Glencoe offpiste guidebook by Kenny Biggin, including Bidean nam Bian, only a few lines will be described here as a taster.    You'll need to go and buy the book to find out about the many other lines in this superb area!  A good wee film of a descent of Central Gully, which is on the North side of the ridge between Bidean nam Bian and Stob Coire nan Lochan, can be found here: The SkiMountain Diaries: Episode 4 - Central Gully 

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