2010: Year of the Endless Winter

2010 was quite literally the year of CairnGorm Mountain’s Endless Winter, with a number of skiers notching up not just 12 consecutive months sliding on CairnGorm itself, but completing the full Calendar Year with sliding every month. The count as of Hogmanay is 14 consecutive months, the New Year and new month will be the 15th.

Here is the year that was 2010 on CairnGorm Mountain, in pictures, month by month.

^JANUARY: Sunday 24th, the final run of the day back through the trees to the Glenmore Gates.

^FEBRUARY: No filters, no doctoring – it really was that blue. West Wall Poma and Chairlift on Sunday 21st.

^MARCH: A sign of the times on Loch Morlich, Wednesday 3rd.

^APRIL: Friday 16th, the Funicular passes an absolutely loaded and full width White Lady with superb spring riding on offer.

^MAY: Beautiful spring snow under blue skies, Coire Cas T-bar, Saturday 15th May.

^JUNE: The lift served season officially ended on Monday 21st. Boarder rides a rope tow in the Ptarmigan Bowl on Sunday 20th. Rope Tows in the Top Basin and lift assisted descents of the Ciste Gully, by walking back over to the Funicular for the Solstice. Ptarmigan Tow run 5th and 6th June.

^JULY: H11lly and Jamie grab some final turns in the Ptarmigan Bowl after a visit to the Ciste Mhearaidh.

^AUGUST: H11lly skiing the Coire Cas Headwall, photographed by George Paton from the Fiacaill Ridge.

^SEPTEMBER: H11lly sets off for some September turns on CairnGorm. My last turns on winter 2010’s snow in the Ciste Mhearaidh, Thursday 2nd September.

^OCTOBER: A beautiful crisp autumn day for the first turns of winter 2011 on Monday 25th Oct. Hiked to the Summit and skied the Marquis Well, and onwards down the Traverse, 105 and upper Cas to just short of the Zig Zags.

^NOVEMBER: Skiers and boarders head out of the Ptarmigan on the first lift served day of the new season, Saturday 13th November.

^DECEMBER: Fresh tracks above the Ciste Bowl on the day of the Winter Solstice. Photo by H11lly.

A ScotRail Adventure

Gliding North under bluebird skies and stunning winter sunshine on the snowbound sparkling scenery of Highland Perthshire, alas this is the 8.14 from Perth, departing Blair Athol at 12.40. To the north the cloud is down over Drumochter, more weather coming in?

This might yet become a mis-adventure. An uplanned photo stop at Pitlochary to swap trains due to failed brakes.

Trains waiting at Pitlochary.