The classic round of Sgairneach Mhor, Beinn Udlamain & A’ Mharconaich
Deservedly the most popular tour at Drumochter starting & ending at one of the summit laybys.
Head south for 80m or so to join the old A9 which is followed for a short distance downhill before a bridge allows access underneath the railway. Turn back north following the obvious track into Coire Dhomhain for approx 2km leads to an obvious modern bridge over the river. Cross the bridge & take a SSW traverse line heading over a subsidiary burn (great for snowholes) to reach the broad ridge leading to the summit of Sgairneach Mhor.
For a shortened day the ski down from here retracing the ascent route gives a superb run especially if a more direct line into the coire is chosen.
However carrying on the summit views are superb with the cliffs & corries of a distant Ben Alder beckoning the eye to the west whilst to the south Schiehallion & Ben Lawers stand out from the crowd. With time pressing & the summit of Beinn Udlamain looking rather remote, the need to keep going means skins can be removed for the easy 2km descent to the col (gr ref NN5823 7283)