After two StormBound days with high winds and pretty much 60 hours of continuous snowfall, CairnGorm Mountain was up and running for 1st April with limited uplift. The Carpark Tow, Fiacaill Ridge Poma and the Coire Cas Tow marking the start of the 6th consecutive calendar month in which lift served snowsports have been available on the 'Gorm.
Winds swung round from South Easterly, backing through North Easterly to end up slightly west of North Westerly by the time the snow stopped falling in this storm. The effect of this has been large accumulations on lee slopes, then being partly eroded down with yet more redistribution as the wind shifted.
This means that there are large deposits of windblown and windpacked fresh on many aspects and some very impressive wind sculpted snow - should be good fun to play on if the forecast for good light holds for Friday.
The White Lady was seeing some fresh tracks getting put down from those who were hooting up the Traverse from the top of the Cas Tow.
All runs are complete with excellent cover, snow is a mix of wind blown and wind packed fresh snow, some softening on the lower slopes in the sun, but at all levels pisting beautifully to give sweet machine packed powder.
The mountain is one huge potential playground, ride anywhere (once it's stable enough) including some ridiculous potential lines on the East Lady way out above the Home Road - things that are just never skiable, but have been several times this season.
Check with patrol for the latest on what's open terrain wise, heed the avalanche warning signs and flags!
Get up on Good Friday and enjoy some simply mind blowing mid-winter conditions to bring in April. More photos including some from further up the mountain have been posted by H11lly in the Public Reports