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CairnGorm Mountain // Tuesday 16th January 2007
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Narrow pisted track leads through the windscoured section of the Traverse by the Top Station.

View down Coire Cas to Loch Morlich.

Experts Only - ignore and you might have an early bath!

Survived another Gunbarrel Descent.

Heading into the unknown in the Gunbarrel!

View from the Summit. Superb day to be in the 'Gorms.

End of a superb blue sky day, snow forecast.

Point and hope (you can stop) in the Gunbarrel!

Lochan Na Beinne and the Ciste Tow.

Much improved cover on the Fairway from a week ago.

Ptarmigan Tow minus it's number.

View up the improved Ptarmigan Bowl, now a reasonably decent width to the base.

Ciste Bowl was offering pockets of fresh windblown snow and some of the best riding, but hardly anyone had noticed!

Cold, crisp, blue sky day.

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Tuesday was a superb day to be in the Cairngorms, with clear blue sky above CairnGorm Mountain giving unbroken sunshine on a cold, crisp but beautiful winter's day. The temperature remained well below freezing and was -7°c at the Summit at 3pm by the time the top of the Snowsports Area fell into the shadows, the continuing frost means the ground is frozen hard for the snow which is expected to arrive during the night on increasing South Westerly winds.

The snow started firm but the surface loosened with use giving a layer of loose spring snow on the Fairway and there were some pockets of fresh snow on the Gully side of the Ciste. A similar story on the Cas where the snow was firm enough to be quick, but enough loose and grip to take an edge beautifully providing some pleasant skiing in the afternoon sun. Cover on the Top Basin Runs has improved further from the Weekend and there has been a real improvement in the base up there from just over a week ago and all Top runs are complete including the Ciste Bowl which was offering the best sport up Top. It's possible for experts to get down the Gunbarrel (just) to the mid station but it's very narrow, with potential for an early bath. Top leg of the Zig Zags has snow, but requires about a 300yard walk out to the middle.

Photos from H11lly and Winterhighland. If you have been out please send your photos to pix2007@winterhighland.info
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