Brighter earlier in the day, with more snow showers coming in later in the afternoon on Sunday. Weather really looked to be closing in late afternoon, then cleared again about lift closing time!
Despite a airly limited area in terms of open terrain the open runs are offering good sport, with the Top Basin in fantastic condition. The Ciste Bowl is in superb condition, in the last couple of seasons it's been the Fairway side that has caught most snow, but with a good base put down in the storms from a Southerly Quarter in January, the upper Ciste Gully has continued to load up since. Unfortunately there hasn't been wind (with snow) from the right direction to fix the bottom of the Ciste Gully.
The upper 2/3rds of the Ciste Gully and the West Wall have a good base, it wouldn't thus take a huge amount of snow to blow down from the top on winds with a Southerly component to transport snow down to where it's needed. There are photos of the West Wall
in the Public Reports.
Away from the Top, the Traverse is complete down onto the Cas and both the Cas and 105 were offering decent riding on pisted fresh snow, giving way to granular snow in the bottom 1/3rd of the Gunbarrel where people filtering in from the Zig Zags was giving much more concentrated traffic.
The M1 and Lady were filling in, and there were some good drifts along the fences on the Lady which were seeing some action. The M1 caught enough during the day to be skiable with care later on, but the cover is thin and rocks were showing, exit via the link to the 105 (was thin, so go slow!)
Good skiers and boarders can return to the Daylodge via the Fiacaill Ridge, but this requires use of the poma uptrack so should only be attempted by those comfortable linking turns in confined spaces and/or side slipping. Take the Fiacaill Traverse from the head of the Cas Tow, cross over the Fiacaill T-bar track near the top to get to skiers left of the old t-bar, then follow the obvious cat track across the Fiacaill Cross-over out onto the ridge then stick by the Poma.
Photos by Winterhighland with additional pics from H11lly. Please send your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org and help keep pix from the slopes current.