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CairnGorm Mountain // Saturday 13th January 2007
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The Traverse is broken at the top of the M1 Poma where the sheer strength of the wind blasted it clear.

Mid part of Coire Cas has made reasonable gains over the whole cycle though.

View down the top of Coire Cas, the Upper Cas now complete with much improved width compared to before Thursday.

The Upper Gunbarrel is in reasonable nick, below the thaw has left just the uptrack.

You don't need a met man to figure the wind direction !

Looking back down the Ptarmigan Tow.

View up the rainswept but none the less much wider than last weekend Ptarmigan Bowl.

Something of a potential base now exists on the West Wall and Ciste burncourse, if it freezes in time.

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Even the 5.30am update Met Office forecast said snow and blizzards and at 8am it was -3°c on the Summit of CairnGorm with the precipitation marching in all looked set for a decent dump of fresh to build through the day and the wind situation didn't look bad either.

Well CairnGorm got it's heavy snow, just the forecasts missed out the small detail that it would be in liquid form as the Freezing Level went above the Summits and the wind speeds went through the roof. The horizontal rain in the carpark didn't dampen spirits as thoughts turned the fresh that would be plastering the upper mountain... The only difference at the top was the Horizontal Rain was moving faster and by 11am the Funicular was off with the wind up to 85mph at the Tunnel. This enforced lack of escape may in part explain the apparent keenness of those lapping the Ptarmigan Tow, though it has to be said with the tail wind more than making up for lack of gradient, the snow wasn't actually that bad at all, in fact if anything it had improved somewhat after lunch as the rain got heavier!

Temperatures have fallen back sharply this evening, while the potential foot of fresh was very nice, it is not all bad news as this unexpected thaw/soak/freeze cycle has set up a much improved base compared to earlier in the week in the Top Basin and Upper Cas. Photos from Winterhighland and H11lly. Keep those photos coming to pix2007@winterhighland.info .
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