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CairnGorm Mountain // Wednesday 29th December 2010
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Mid leg of the Zig Zags looking towards the Fiacaill. All Zig Zags in good condition.

Mist in Glenmore and Strathspey from the top of the Fiacaill Ridge Poma.

Don't try the Aonach Ridge to get to the Ciste Carpark, horrible breakable crust!

M2 was in great shape with loose granular snow on a hard packed base.

Beginner classes in the Ptarmigan Bowl. Beautiful day for learning.

Ciste Fairway full width with good cover, but snow remained firmer but grippy in the Top Basin.

Inversion mist threatens to engulf the West Wall Poma while further up is under blue skies.

Looking down the Ciste Gully from OverYonder early afternoon.

Daylodge Poma basked in sunshine all day, while parts of the upper mountain and occasionally the Ciste where in mist.

Carving up soft granular snow on the Daylodge Poma. Great turns with little queuing. Daylodge Glades good fun once softened up,

CairnGorm Mountain as seen from near the Base Station on the road to the Daylodge Poma.

Signs of it starting to brighten up over the Northern Cairngorms.

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The clag that stubbornly refused to shift at Glenshee threatened to spill over the Plateau edge but never quite made it and for the most part it was a glorious day on CairnGorm on Wednesday, it was forecast to have the best of overhead, but it turned out even better than forecast with much of the hill enjoying deep winter sunshine, though occasionally the mist engulfed the Top Basin.

On the slopes all runs to the Cas Carpark are complete so full top to bottom riding and all 11 of the available lifts were open Wed and scheduled Thursday. Snow remained firm in the Top Basin, softening just a little below.

Lower mountain the snow was loose and granular, pretty much spring snow on the Daylodge Run giving good riding for intermediates up, with the least queue. The DLP can certainly shift people!

The Daylodge Glades were horrific early doors, but suddenly the snow morphed into something much sweeter and this area give some fun for more advanced riders - though you do have to pick your lines carefully not to take a dead end! Some big drifts and windlips to play on here too.

Ciste Gully opened in the afternoon, but East Wall area was closed due to ice from the freezing rain which didn't soften. White Lady was in fantastic nick with loose soft snow on the firm base, almost spring like snow.

These pix by Winterhighland. More photos including the Cas side and White Lady from H11lly in the Public Reports.
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