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It was a pretty blowy Friday on CairnGorm but the temperature had come down so though the wind was making it feel absolutely baltic, it was at least snowing a good part of the day and where it was sticking on Coire Cas it was giving good turns.
However getting down the Traverse was an adventure some times with spells of complete whiteout and bodies strewn around the place! The Zig Zags are starting to improve again and are mostly OK, it's the third leg that is noticeably the poorest and it needs care but it might improve too as the wind swings round a bit more towards the NW overnight.
There are 2 T40 snow guns set up on the lower Zig Zags and 3 were being set up at the top and bottom of the Shelling Area on Friday. They are being readied to go all guns blazing when the temperature comes back down after a mild blast during daytime on Sunday.
If visibility allows, getting onto the Fiacaill Ridge from the Upper Cas will give the best cover back to the Daylodge Level on the Sideslope or through Jean's Bowl, but surface conditions might be very mixed here. Though thin and narrow the Home Road was mostly pretty easy going after being groomed.
Severe Gales overnight into the post dawn period, so check the latest situation in the morning.