All week the forecasts predicted a storm, but Saturday dawned bright and clear with good sunny spells from clearing sky with light winds as CairnGorm Mountain officially kicked off the Scottish Season for 2007.
While the cover is not as extensive as last Saturday, the subsquent storms drove snow into the gullies and fence lines and with several further freeze/thaw cycles the big difference from this time last year is that on day one of the lift served season we already have a firm packed base in the places we need it most.
Top to Middle riding is available giving 1300ft of vertical, though the Gunbarrel and M1 should only be tackled by experts. The main action is in the Top Basin where the Ciste Fairway and Ptarmigan Runs are complete and both T-bars are operating, the Ptarmigan coming on about Lunchtime Saturday. Snow started firm, but loosened a bit with use and the Sun on it, some areas of granular spring snow. Best snow on the Upper Cas, but Gunbarrel is narrow, the Top leg of the Zig Zags can be used but walking is required to get back to the middle via this route.
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