Around 2 to 3 inches of new powder overnight with showers continuing into Saturday morning restored the all over layer of fresh. Then suddenly mid morning a patch of blue appeared in the sky through the mist and just moments later the cloud had parted and the mist dispersed
Largely blue skies late morning into early afternoon made for a fantastic day to enjoy the fresh snow. The best riding was were there were deeper accumulations of windblown fresh from Friday such as the Ciste and Ptarmigan Bowls, plus the terrain that had been regularly groomed meaning a nice grippy base under the layer of fresh.
The pick of these was the White Lady which was superb and not cutting up due to the firm, but very grippy base underneath. The Fiacaill was also very good on the pisted line along the Traverse, then down the terrain park fences. However off the pisted base, the icy freezing rain crust was lurking and the fresh just skated off the ice as you turned - a likely issue on quite a bit of off-piste, though the East Lady was seeing quite a bit of action.
One suspects the Ciste Gully should have quite a bit of fresh, given the way the Ciste Bowl was filling on Friday, but the West Wall Poma is out of action. However the Laogh Mor Return was pisted again on Saturday morning and coupled with the new snow it was transformed from Friday's inclined ice rink to machine packed powder corduroy. Though the wind getting up overnight could move it all about again.
More snow and high winds expected overnight, so it could be all change again on where the best riding and surface conditions are on Sunday. However there is full top to carpark riding in both the Cas and Coire na Ciste sides of the mountain.