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Is Cairngorm snowsure?

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. Select any week of the year to see the typical Ski Conditions, Snowfall Amount and Temperature based on nowcast weather data over the last 11 years.

Average monthly snow in Cairngorm

MonthSnow amount (week)Snow days (week)
December9cm3.0 days
January11cm3.5 days
February12cm3.6 days
March9cm3.1 days
April8cm2.5 days

Average Snow and Weather Conditions in Cairngorm during April (week 1):

The average snowfall forecast during week 1 of April for Cairngorm is 12 cm. There are typically 2.6 snowy days during this week. Cairngorm typical weather and snow conditions during the first week of April at the middle elevation of the ski area at 823m, based on historical averages over the last 11 years: At this time of year the usual freezing level (1191m) is slightly above the mid altitude of Cairngorm. On average, expect two or three days with snowfall per week in Cairngorm at the start of April but with a significant risk of rain falling on one or two days. Forecast model average snowfall for the week is 12cm. Temperatures averaging above freezing both night and day in Cairngorm during week one of April with average maximum temperature 2.0°C and minimum temperature 0.9°C at the mid altitude. On average, only one or two days with sunshine per week. Mainly light winds (average 26km/h) are unlikely to affect lift operations but you can expect the mean wind to reach 30km/h two days per week. Sunny, calm and below freezing ideal weather days that follow fresh snow (bluebird powder days) occur on average one day every second year during this week while fresh snow days that do not coincide with cold, sunny and calm conditions also happen on average one day every second year during this week in any given year.

Snow History: Compare Resorts

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Snow Depths

Recorded snow depths for the upper and lower slopes in Cairngorm and (2007 – 2018).




Lower Slopes
Upper Slopes
Fresh Snow

Snow Conditions

Best ski days per week in Cairngorm and (2007 – 2018)


Bluebird Powder Day
(Fresh snow, mostly sunny, light wind)
Powder Day
(Fresh snow, limited sun, any wind)
Bluebird Day
(Average snow, mostly sunny, light wind)
Very windy days

The most cherished days on the mountain in Cairngorm are Bluebird Powder days when it is mostly sunny with light winds following very recent snowfall. Poorer weather conditions may prevail on Powder days when the visibility can be limited but the snow is significantly deep and fresh for keen powder-hounds. Bluebird days can suit many skiers that aren’t necessarily hunting powder but want to enjoy the snowy mountains in sunnier conditions and light winds.


Average precipitation (snow/rain) in Cairngorm and (2007 – 2018)


Snowfall amount
(bar chart)
Days with significant snowfall.
Days with significant rainfall.

The snowiest weeks of the year in Cairngorm are shown but also bear in mind the number of days that it typically snows each week if you want regular fresh tracks. The risk of a rainy day is shown but be sure to switch between elevations to see if lower lifts are rain affected or higher lifts remain snowy despite any rain further down the mountain.


Average temperature in Cairngorm and (2007 – 2018)


Average temperature
Above freezing
Below freezing
Freezing level
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The highest and lowest temperatures averaged for each week of the year in Cairngorm are shown. Check out the risk of freze-thaw conditions prevailing at different elevations for any given week. We also show the extremes of temperature (blue/red dots) that reveal the chance of unusually warm or cold conditions.