Altitude: 640-1230 Meters

Cairngorm Mountain in short

  • Expansive terrain catered especially to beginners
  • Host mountain for the Scottish Freestyle Championships
  • Off-piste and crosscountry skiing available

Nestled in the CairnGorms National Park in the midst of the Highlands, CairnGorm Mountain (640m-1230m) is Scotland’s best-known mountain and the sixth-highest in the country. It is served by eleven lifts, including the highest funicular railway in the UK. There are 32km of pistes over 35 runs catering mainly to beginners, as well as a snow park and cross country trails.

CairnGorm is a good place for beginner skiers, with plenty of pistes on the easier side. The ski area has recently opened an in-house snow school which offers group and private lessons for skiers and snowboarders of all levels. The Shieling Shred and the Ptarmigan Freestyle Park are popular with freestylers of all abilities, who take inspiration from annual CairnGorm events such as the Scottish Freestyle Championships, the Ptarmigan Slopestyle Jam and Bag The Pipe. Red piste Ciste Gully and black Coire na Ciste offer a challenge to more advanced skiers.

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Overview of slopes and lifts in Cairngorm Mountain


Ski lifts

Additional information

Blue slopes24 km Drag lifts10Start of the season
Red slopes6 km Chair lifts0End of the season
Black slopes2 km Gondola lifts0Glacier
Off-piste0 km Train1Min. altitude640 m
Total32 km Capacity9300 Pers./HourMax. altitude1230 m

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Off-piste & freestyle in Cairngorm Mountain

Snow parks 1Tables
Half pipeBoxes
Quarter pipeRails
BoardercrossOff-piste allowed
KickersOff-piste zone

Ski pass prices (low season)

Low season 6-day ski pass Children Adults Free up to
Cairngorm Mountain GBP 107.65 GBP 175.75

Ski pass prices (high season)

High season 6-day ski pass Children Adults Free up to
Cairngorm Mountain GBP 107.65 GBP 175.75

Blogs about Cairngorm Mountain

25 May 2019 by Danielle in 'Latest news''

It was the third worst ski season on record at most Scottish ski resorts. The lack of snow coupled with strong winds and warm temperatures made for abysmal skiing conditions. The total number of skier days across all Scottish resorts (Cairngorm, The Lecht, Glenshee, Glencoe and Nevis Range) was expected to total around 55 000, one of the worst years on record. This is in comparison with the 2017-18 ski season, when the total number of skier days in Scotland totalled almost 250 000 thanks to the ... More ›

9 January 2019 by Danielle in 'Ski areas''

Cairngorm Mountain

Amid cash flow problems, Cairngorm Mountain was first placed under administration and subsequently taken over by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) this December. HIE owns Cairngorm Mountain but had been leasing it to privately owned operators Cairngorm Mountain Ltd. The new operators will be registered under the name Cairngorm Mountain (Scotland) Ltd. The transfer has saved around 70 jobs and the ski resort is bravely pursuing operations despite the lack of snow and lack of funicular. C... More ›

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