Wow!! Summer arrived a day early on the last day of spring as CairnGorm Mountain basked under a scorching Sun on the last day of May. A starker contrast to Sunday where the hill was stormbound as far as snowsports go it's not possible to have, indeed around 4 inches of fresh lay in the Ptarmigan Bowl on Sunday.
Thanks to an overnight air frost even the fresh snow up top didn't slow up as might have been expected from such new snow, instead though the Ptarmigan Bowl inevitably softened up it cut up into the older snow remaining fairly quick and not too sticky.
Mid Mountain though was offering the best snow and fun, simply sublime spring snow that was a delight to slide on all day. Coire Cas somewhat stol the White Lady's Thunder from Saturday, though the Lady was still a fun challenge for more experienced riders, the fully complete Coire Cas was a hoot and the bumps seemed to just be in the right place in the Gunbarrel on Monday.
The Ciste Gully though was the absolute standout on Monday and well worth the 300ft or so of ascent on the hoof back round to the Daylodge (for those who didn't have transport round in the Ciste). A truly memorable 1500ft vertical run from the top of the Ptarmigan to the West Wall board Walk on perfect smooth spring snow to round of the last day of Spring.
Beyond the snowsports area, a number of steeps in the Northern Corries including Aladdin's Couloir saw tracks in the spring snow, while the Plateau continues to retain very extensive cover for high level touring.
of run from Top to Mid Station via Coire Cas.