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CairnGorm Mountain // Wednesday 16th May 2001
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Weeks later... That big air jump from April's Highland Fling still in use, by those prepared to hike. Ptarmigan Bowl and Tow, early June 2001. Add June to the count, that's 4months lost, plus 4 open months... 2001 was the 'Gorms 8 month season that never

May 16th - A prefect day...
This view of Coire Cas from Loch Morlich's beach was typical of May 2001. Despite record breaking temps CairnGorm's upper and middle runs remained complete.

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CairnGorm Mountain closed on 30th April, as funicular construction work brought the 2001 season to an early end. While Nevis provided a fitting close to the season with three great days over the May Day Holiday weekend, it was the 'Gorm that had the best of the spring snow. May 2001 was a scorcher in the Central Highlands, dominated by large areas of high pressure over Northern Scotland. Thus with the blazing sun and temperatures in Strathspey regularly in the 80's°f and the snow fields of CairnGorm Mountain glistening in the sunshine, all there was to do was dream about what might have been. An entire month of shorts and t-shirt skiing on deep spring snow, bashing the bumps of the Ciste Gully, carving up the white Lady, or straight lining Coire Cas for a cooling breeze.... Well maybe next year, or the one after, or the one after the one after...
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