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CairnGorm Mountain // Saturday 8th January 2011
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Looking down the Carpark Run to the foot of the T-bar.

Overnight snow glistens in the winter sun on Loch Morlich.

White Lady and M1 from the Fiacaill.

One of a couple of rollers in the Fiaicall Terrain Park area, the Nessie bumps are back too.

Heading out the Fiaciall Traverse, a few inches of powder on a pisted grippy base giving good turns.

Upper Cas also giving good sport with machine packed powder on a grippy base.

Mist threatening to spill over the headwall into Coire Cas.

CairnGorm Mountain from below the footbridge from the lower Cas carpark to the Fiacaill Ridge Poma.

White Lady offering fantastic sport for advanced riders, loose powder on a pisted firm grippy base.

Snowing early on Saturday, 2-3 inches of snow overnight.

Suddenly the clouds parted and the mist lifted while taking photos half way down the White Lady mid morning.

M1 SideTrack was getting pisted during the morning. Looking up from mid-station.

Coire Cas Gunbarrel is riding like a wide shallow half-pipe.

Sheiling Trainer Tow area on the lower slopes.

Fresh tracks on the East Lady. Some good lines, but others the loose snow just skates off the icy crust off-piste.

Fiacaill Ridge Poma doing it's thing around lunchtime Saturday.

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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.
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