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Cairngorm Resort Guide

The Cairngorm resort guide summary is: Cairngorm has 10 lifts within its 844 Hectares of terrain that is suitable for all levels, including terrain park enthusiasts. Find location, trail maps and piste maps covering the mountains 548m of vertical range and surrounding area. There are 31 trail at Cairngorm.


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Cairngorm Resort Guide

The Cairngorm resort guide summary is: Cairngorm has 10 lifts within its 844 Hectares of terrain that is suitable for all levels, including terrain park enthusiasts. Find location, trail maps and piste maps covering the mountains 548m of vertical range and surrounding area. There are 31 trail at Cairngorm.

Vertical:

Top: 1097m
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548m
Bot: 549m

Best for:

Advanced level skier
Intermediate/
Advanced

Trails:

31
30%
40%
30%

Hectares of Ski:

844
Snowmaking: Yes

Cairngorm Lifts:

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Total lifts = 10
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Visiting Cairngorm

Helpful resort information to assist planning your trip to Cairngorm.

  • Season opens
    5 Dec 2020
  • Season closes
    25 Apr 2021
  • Accommodation
  • Restaurants | Bars
    2 | 25
  • Nearest Airport
    Inverness
  • Nearest Train Station
    Aviemore
  • Tourist Office Website
  • Tourist Office Phone
    +44/1479/861336

Cairngorm Features

The terrain at Cairngorm includes:

  • Halfpipes
  • Terrain Parks
    1
  • X-Country
    0.0 km
  • Ski Hire

What's it like at Cairngorm resort?

The spiritual home of winter sports in Britain. Cairngorm and the nearby town of Aviemore have supplied all the recent big names in the British ski scene. From Emma Carrick-Anderson, to the fabulous Baxter Boys and Lesley McKenna. On its day Scotland can offer some great riding, nowhere better than here. Sadly, those bluebird days are undeniably scarcer than they were in decades gone so that the new mantra at the ski resorts is diversify or decline. Cairngorm is now just as important for summer mountain-biking as it is for skiing. On a bad winters day dress for horizontal rain and snow whipped along by some of the most ferocious low-altitude winds on the planet. The prevailing westerly weather moves quickly off the Atlantic and so skiing here is all about timing; avoiding the mild SE gales that eat into the snowpack and force lifts to close and making the most of a brief ridge of high pressure that follows a snowy northerly. Time it right, and you can find perfect conditions on and off-piste at Cairngorm and in cold winters, where the conveyor of Atlantic storms abates and continental air rules, you can find week after week of great conditions and even powder days. The skiing here is situated on the sixth highest mountain in Britain but that's still not high enough to be really snow sure. A funicular railway should help the mountain stay open during times of high winds and reduced snow cover low down; 5 cannons assist snow-making. Off the slopes, at Cairngorm, there is plenty of accommodation in Aviemore and the surrounding villages and the alternative little resort of Lecht is an hour away by road. Nightlife is lively.


Explore Cairngorm Location Map

Interactive Cairngorm trail map and piste map. View the piste and trails as well as the surrounding terrain and mountain contours for backcountry action. Find and compare nearby resorts by clicking on the resort markers.


When's the snowiest month to visit Cairngorm?

FebruaryAverage: 4.8 snow days per week
The snowiest week in Cairngorm is week 1 of February. There are typically 4.8 snowy days during this week with 20cm of snowfall. Check out the Cairngorm Snow History graphs below.


Visitor Reviews of Cairngorm

Overall: 3.2 Based on 29 votes and 87 reviews

  • Snowsure 2.7
  • Variety of pistes 3.3
  • Off-piste 3.0
  • Scenery 4.0
  • Apres-Ski 3.2
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Spike Soton from United Kingdom writes:

Just had a great day skiing on the Thursday of the week after Easter with very small queues, perfect snow on most runs above the mid station and mostly sunny weather.
My only criticism is that the short beginners Poma was running a bit fast for an unmanned beginners lift. My daughter got clouted hard before I could get in a position to fend off the buttons.

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