Climbers Information

Aonach Mor is part of the range that includes Ben Nevis and Carn Mor Dearg

The two main climbing areas on Aonach Mor are Coire an Lochain and the West Face. Given their altitude they offer some of the most reliable winter climbing in Scotland.

Aonach Mor is also home to Nevis Range snowsports resort; please always walk to the side of ski runs and along fence lines in single file, never on tow tracks or fresh grooming.

Gondola and Quad Chair Access

An early morning climbers gondola to 650m departs at 8am prompt, every morning during the ski season. Any changes to this will be posted on the Winter Snowsports home page.  Normal gondola operating hours are 9am – 4.30pm (dependent on daylight hours) during the winter season, with extended hours at weekends. If the gondola is unable to operate due to high winds the same point can be reached within 1 1⁄2 hours following the path from the car park, which runs under the gondola line. The Quad chair to 870m also provides winter climbers with an uplift only service after 9am.

Facilities

Pinemarten cafe bar - serves a selection of hot and cold snacks as well as main meals with a choice of 'specials' each day. The food is freshly prepared on the premises from locally sourced produce. It also serves specialty coffees and teas, delicious home baking and cakes.
Snowgoose restaurant & bar – at the gondola top station for a well deserved pint after a hard day’s climb. You’ll also find toilets and the shop open from 9.15am selling clothing and maps.
Equipment hire – at the gondola base station hires skis & snowboards, blades & snowshoes.

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Information

Daily weather and avalanche reports are posted at the gondola base and top stations. They can also be accessed online at sais.gov.uk.  Local climbing reports and conditions can be found at abacusmountaineering.com

Climbers Poster here

Safety

Once at the gondola top station you are in a high mountain environment with all the associated dangers including avalanche, cornice collapse, unstable snow, ice and rock. Do not snowhole beside fences as these areas are groomed daily, and the driver will not see you.  The Mountaineering Scotland website has more information and, in particular, in 2017 they produced a new Snowsports Touring & Managed Resorts In Scotland Guide.

Please refer to climber's access map for full details and hazard warnings, available from Ticket Office onsite.

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