Like internationally recognised itineraries, the Coire Dubh itineraries are overseen by Ski Patrol, though in a more limited way than the front of the mountain with designated on-piste runs.
In Winter 2012/13 we introduced new designations for Coire Dubh itineraries. The Coire Dubh itineraries will commonly be designated as Limited Patrol cover, but may also at times be designated Open or Closed. This is reported in the daily Snow Report and on the onsite screens. Once onsite, please check conditions with Ski Patrol.
- Limited Patrol – The Coire Dubh itineraries are accessible for appropriately experienced and equipped skiers and boarders venturing off-piste. Limited Patrol activities include assessing conditions and posting notifications of hazards. Ski Patrol will assist anyone in difficulty or who has become injured however, being off-piste, this is likely to be complicated and time consuming. Ski Patrol will not normally sweep itineraries at the end of the day.
- Open – The Coire Dubh itineraries are considered favourably accessible for advanced users, although still designated as off-piste. Patrol cover will be like the rest of the main ski area.
- Closed – The Coire Dubh itineraries are considered unacceptably dangerous for any users. They are therefore out of bounds if being accessed by ticket holders. Tickets will be removed from any skier or snowboarder accessing the area when it is closed.