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CairnGorm Mountain // Tuesday 24th February 2004
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Looking up the 105, along with Traverse remains the best run, fresh powdery snow.

Lost in the Mist?

As well as Rails, two kickers also available.

Various Rails in the terrain park, ranging from 24ft difficult kinked rail to short low wide easier rails, 6 rails in total now.

Bottom of the Cas Gunbarrel.

Top of the Ptarmigan Tow has a fence depth of snow.

Beginner classes in the Ptarmigan Bowl. Severe wind-chill, wrap up well if going up to the Bowl.

Something's brewing up above... Belted by pea size hail going 50mph 5mins later!

Winter Mountaineering challange, cross the Gunbarrel!!

The Infamous Coire Cas Gunbarrel, more infamous than usual! Very narrow, banked, and sheet ice! There were some climbers practising ice axe arrests here!

How quickly the visibility can change, same skiers! Loose snow on icy base.

Skiers on the Cas, narrow and loading at top of Gunbarrel.

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Only slight accumulations from snow showers on the upper mountain, but the Ciste Fairway is improving, much better width, and generally fresh snow surfaces, just a couple of icy patches. The Ptarmigan Bowl is more mixed, areas of drifted powdery snow, and areas of scoured exposed hard-pack. Both the direct route by the Tow as well as the longer more gentle option are available, the steeper option is a better bet in a NW gale!

Again the best is the Traverse and 105, the Traverse esp. was in excellent nick with machine packed powder, if only the whole mountain was like this! This afternoon the piste bashers shoved fresh snow up the traverse to spread over the section at the top of the M1 Race Tracks, this is now much improved and it was possible to ski freely through it late afternoon. The Cas is reasonable, but narrow, mix of loose snow on a hard packed base. The Gunbarrel is just something else altogether, for an idea there were some climbers practising ice axe arrests there this afternoon, later I saw a group of walkers with axes out trying to cross it and the Gunbarrel won shall we say!

There are some good large areas of snow round the back of the 'Gorm, heading left from the Ptarmigan through the boulder field there is some excellent snow above and dropping into the Ciste Mhearead. Further round the weather closed in and all I got from there is a photo of a white out!

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