- The Ben Lawers Range
Ben Lawers & its satellites comprise the largest area of high ground in the Southern Highlands. The area frequently attracts November & December snow, especially when it arrives on a stalled weather front and handily the hill road up from the Loch Tay road to Lochan na Lairige takes you to over 500m so much closer to the set off point.
December touring from the car is not unusual & from the Lawers road a variety of touring options on different aspects are all available. Above the dam either side of the approach ridge to Meall Corranaich is frequently a good bet, as are the east facing slopes of Meall nan Tarmachan which catches the snow coming in from the west. The classic ski ascent of Beinn Ghlas via Coire Odhar & onwards to Ben Lawers itself can occasionally provide an early ski after a heavy snowfall.
Trip grade very much depends on which route is chosen & what the conditions are like on the day. Meall Corranaich is generally E1/S1/M1 whilst to reach the top of Ben Lawers is normally E2/S2/M2.