What a superb day to have been on the mountain and for the folks that could not make it, don't feel bad it was rubbish
The sun was out right up till 15:30 allowing us to now see the snow that fell over the last 24 hours. A good covering has accumulated in places allowing some adventurous off piste especially on the east of the ptarmigan.
The mountain is now open top to bottom though you still have to be careful of thin areas.
The Ciste t-bar opened with good routes down the M2 and the fairway. The ciste bowl is still closed as the burn has not covered yet but it was a good ski on the un-pisted snow.
The ptarmigan traverse and main bowl have filled in with a few thin areas but over all was giving good skiing anywhere you wanted.
The surprise was the removal of the closure ropes of the M2 down to the day lodge. It is officially un-pisted and un-marked but was an excellent ski down a well groomed track to the last two pylons of the day lodge poma where the snow was a little thin for the machine to continue but very nice to ski on. The new fencing on the mid section has helped the steep area prone to scouring retain the snow. The run was very quiet allowing some fast skiing down this section, great for full speed racing turns
The snow has started to consolidate away from the marked runs and we made the most of this putting first tracks on the east ptarmigan and over to the meadows. By the end of the day the east ptarmigan was now and accepted run by many. If you know your way the meadows were giving very nice skiing and you could make it back to the ciste t-bar if you got your tuns correct.
Something appears to have gone wrong, by 10:00 the car parks were full and they suspended ticket sales but the runs were very quiet. The ciste was ski on most of the time and the ptarmigan only had a queue when a class turned up. The train was running with less than a third of its capacity. So for full car parks, where was every one?
The west wall poma has been de-iced and the rope was running for a while. The tow track has been pisted and looks ready to go. The problem is with over yonder. There is not much snow there and the anoch bowl is not good. I hope they can get a route sorted to get this open.
Best run of the day, off piste has to have been the east ptarmigan and the meadows. On piste by far was the M2 then joining on to the day lodge.
I will put further picture on face book later,
East of the ptarmigan, fresh tracks in the morning, by the afternoon it became an established run.
Off piste, on the way back from the meadows to link up with the ciste t-bar
M2 in great condition with help of the new fencing, fun to have a flyer down it and to scare a few tourers on the way up, and I was on my touring kit not my down hills
The WWP was being prepared, the issue is with over yonder and the anoch bowl, not much snow here.
The day lodge run was pisted to just above the load area, an easy ski down.
Edited 2 times. Last edit at 18.55hrs Sun 7 Jan 18 by WindyMiller.
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