Since Saturday afternoon there's been around a foot of fresh snow on CairnGorm Mountain and with lowering temperatures the snow showers have become increasingly fine powder.
Visibility came and went, thus the M2 was closed, but the visibility was never consistently bad enough to be sure the ski patroller manning the machine gun on the viewing terrace overlooking the M2 couldn't get enough of a glimpse to take out anyone who had made it through the minefield beyond the area closed signs! So we stuck to the Cas side just in case!
The M1 is mostly full width and offering good sport out via the Gunbarrel, but the wind direction was scouring the steeper face where there was a few exposed rocks. The Lady has less of a base lower down, but was providing the best sport for those who had sussed out the powder lines and there was enough drifting for consistent first tracks!
The Traverse and Cas are in good shape, but were being plagued by a head wind. The Fiacaill Traverse has filled well and there was some good snow out on the Fiacaill run back by the Zig Zags, indeed there were nice stashes further along the Ridge beyond the crossover, but visibility didn't allow them to be easily located.
The Carpark Runs are complete with narrow and thin areas, but easily passable with care, though if your on your newest and greatest toy(s) you might want to use the Funicular instead to get down.
Potentially brighter and less showery on Tuesday, which will if it occurs make for a great day. The snow on the open terrain is superb, just be nice to see enough of it that more can open.