Another suncream and shades day on Saturday with a few lobsters evident on the Slopes. Surface conditions started firm and grippy but in the sun surfaces generally loosened quickly to give a layer of good granular spring snow, with a firm base underneath giving some great spring riding even though the open terrain is not all that extensive.
Top to middle riding is on offer via either the Traverse and 105 or the M1 RaceTrack out via Horizon Road, then down either the Cas Gunbarrel or Zig Zags. Gunbarrel is narrow and banked and only for good skiers/boarders. Top two legs of the Zig Zags have decent cover but the corners esp are thin lower down, don't go hammering round the corners, take care!
Coire Cas is offering a good run for early intermediates up but the snow stayed firmer here. M1 RaceTrack is complete via Horizon Road to the 105 from where you can either take a run up the Cas Tow or head down the Gunbarrel or Zig Zags to the Funicular. M1 had lovely loose spring snow and nowhere did the snow get heavy or slushy despite feeling very warm in the Spring Sunshine - that's the beauty of true spring snow.
For tourers see the Touring Reports for a selection of photos showing the condition of the Daylodge / M2 route which is still mostly do-able for skinning up from the Cas Carpark. Please send your photos to email@example.com .