Cairngorm Snow Report:

The Cairngorm snow report is: 5 out of 11 Lifts open. 19 of 32 km of pistes open. Funicular railway not open for winter 2019/20! Our model predicted that 1cm (0.4 inches) of snow fell over 6 hours between Wednesday 26 of February at 9AM and Wednesday 26 of February at 3PM GMT at the mid mountain level. Compacted depth will be less. Cairngorm Snow Conditions: .


Fresh Snow Depth:

Long Snow History
1cm
Wed 26 Feb
Origin:Report Origin

Last significant snowfall:

Ankle
9cm
Tue 25 Feb
Origin:Report Origin

Cairngorm snow depths: updated 26 February 2020

Mountain
Upper snow depth:
40cm
Lower snow depth:
35cm

Cairngorm resort conditions:

Our Snow Report for Cairngorm brings daily updates on the snow conditions, snow depths, piste and offpiste conditions and the number of open ski lifts. The latest Cairngorm snow report shown below was updated on 26 Feb 2020. Snow Reports are provided regularly throughout the ski season courtesy of our own network of ski resort managers, the Skiclub of Great Britain and Skiresort Service International GmbH. In addition to the current report on ski conditions, we also provide webcams (including a 4 week cam archive), current live observations from nearby weather stations and also historical snow data for Cairngorm.

Last snowfall:

7cm
Feb 22
7cm
Feb 24
9cm
Feb 25
1cm
Feb 26

Resort report:

Resort Open
Conditions piste
Piste condition:
Powder
Conditions off piste
Off Piste condition:
Powder
Next snowfall
Next snowfall:
2cm Sat 29 Feb (AM)
Next significant snowfall
Next significant snowfall:
6cm Thu 05 Mar (AM)
Lift
Lifts open:
5 out of 11
Conditions runs
Resort runs:
Closed

Cairngorm snow conditions

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    Bluebird Powder Days
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    Powder Days
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    Bluebird Days

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Cairngorm Snow Depths:

Recorded snow depths for the upper and lower slopes in Cairngorm 2019 - 2020. The long term average for the upper slopes is also shown for comparison.

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Snow reports for resorts near Cairngorm

Find the best conditions for skiing and snowboarding near Cairngorm using our Snowfinder page.

Resort
Issued: yesterday 27km  away
Issued: yesterday 37km  away
Issued: yesterday 86km  away
Issued: yesterday 90km  away
Issued: 2 days ago 194km  away
Webcam
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Snow Depth
Upper
Lower
40cm
35cm
Upper
Lower
60cm
45cm
Upper
Lower
-
-
Upper
Lower
180cm
125cm
Upper
Lower
-
-
Piste State
Piste
Powder
Off Piste
Powder
Piste
Powder
Off Piste
Powder
Last Snow
Amount:
Date:
13cm
2 days ago
Amount:
Date:
12cm
2 days ago
Amount:
Date:
2cm
yesterday
Amount:
Date:
2cm
yesterday
Amount:
Date:
13cm
2 days ago
Next 9 Days
0-3
3-6
6-9
0cm
7cm
2cm
0-3
3-6
6-9
0cm
8cm
6cm
0-3
3-6
6-9
10cm
12cm
15cm
0-3
3-6
6-9
10cm
20cm
17cm
0-3
3-6
6-9
4cm
16cm
5cm
Weather
Thu
clear
Fri
cloudy
Sat
light rain
Mid station 732m
Thu
clear
Fri
light snow
Sat
light snow
Mid station 842m
Thu
snow showers
Fri
light snow
Sat
light snow
Mid station 656m
Thu
snow showers
Fri
light snow
Sat
light snow
Mid station 706m
Thu
snow showers
Fri
light snow
Sat
cloudy
Mid station 640m

Notes on the Cairngorm Snow Report

The snow report describes the piste and off-piste ski conditions at Cairngorm. You can submit an updated snow report here. Piste and off-piste are often different so we ask snow reporters to describe Cairngorm piste and off-piste conditions separately. If these details are missing from the Cairngorm snow report, you can predict off-piste conditions using the snow depth, the date of the most recent snowfall at Cairngorm, the Cairngorm weather report and the forecast.

Members can check the hindcast for a timeline of Cairngorm weather conditions. This detailed weather log makes it easy to predict snow conditions at Cairngorm, even when the snow report is too old to be useful. The hindcast shows when our weather model last predicted snowfall at Cairngorm. It shows how much snow we think fell then, and the way freezing level, wind and weather have varied through time. You will be able to predict whether to expect off-piste powder, slush, spring snow, ice or wind crust.

If you see a report of powder or fresh snow conditions several days after snow last fell, there is usually a good reason. At crowded ski resorts, off-piste new snow will be tracked out within hours of a fresh fall but wherever crowds are light in relation to the accessible terrain, it will be possible to stay fresh much later, perhaps several days later. Alternatively, strong winds sometimes redistribute powder snow enough to cover old tracks, or it may simply be that the ski area was not fully open for some period after the snow fell, so fresh snow that fell a while ago has remained un-tracked until this report.

Whenever weather conditions change, Cairngorm snow conditions will change too, so it is important to check the time and date of the Cairngorm snow report and to guess what effect the weather will have had on snow quality between then and now. For example, the Cairngorm snow report on Friday afternoon may indicate fresh powder but if Friday night is mild and rainy then ski conditions will be very poor on Saturday morning. Conversely, if the weather stays stable and cold, the same snow report can be valid for more than a week. We advise that you check the Cairngorm snow forecast to see if conditions are likely to change before your visit.

Many skiers enjoy moguls and fast icy pistes but for off-piste skiers and free-ride snowboarders, fresh snow starts to deteriorate from the moment it settles. Wind, rain and periods of above-freezing temperature are the primary cause of the evolution from fresh powder to windslab, ice or slush. High altitude slopes that are shaded from the sun and sheltered from the wind preserve powder stashes longer after fresh snowfall. If the snow report mentions pockets of powder at Cairngorm, study the Cairngorm piste map in relation to the wind direction to determine the most likely locations.

We stress the importance of checking the date on the Cairngorm snow report particularly around weekends. For example, the snow report for Cairngorm on Friday may indicate powder after recent snowfall but following a sunny and busy weekend, when the locals hit the mountains en masse, the ski conditions (at any resort) can deteriorate rapidly and late arrivals may see very different ski conditions. Of course some people look for deteriorating conditions in the snow report for the likely development of mogul fields but for powder lovers and particularly snowboarders this can mean tracked out off-piste snow. Of course, this doesn’t always happen quickly after fresh snowfall particularly at quiet North facing resorts at high altitude where genuine powder stashes may be found days or even weeks later. It is worth checking the piste map for Cairngorm (found in menu above) for the location of favourable slopes that may be described in the "Cairngorm Snow Conditions" part of the snow report. In addition to checking the Cairngorm snow report we recommend that you check the snow forecasts found in the menu at the top of the page along with our ski resort guide.