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CairnGorm Mountain // Tuesday 1st May 2012
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Freshly prepared corduroy awaits you on Wednesday; looking down the Ptarmigan.

Aye there's been a wee flurry of snow up top in the Ptarmigan Bowl apparently!

Once in a Blue Moon - the M2 loaded & full width to the DLP in May! A walk down the Windy Ridge path is required from there.

A selection of the rails and boxes available in the Ptarmigan Terrain Park on the side of the Ciste Fairway.

Looking over the Traverse to 1141 and the Fiacaill Buttress in the distance from the M1 RaceTrack.

Ride anywhere cover at the top of the White Lady. Some thin areas approaching the Poma, but majority still great cover.

Chilling, or more like warming in the May Sun on the Ptarmigan viewing terrace.

Snow Buntings were particularly interested in the cake crumbs on plates on the viewing terrace!

Setting off from the Ptarmigan to the White Lady, Loch Morlich beyond.

Funicular heads for the tunnel by the White Lady, super smooth spring like snow skiers left of the elephant fence.

Warming up on CairnGorm Moountain at the top of the Traverse.

Helen (H11lly) gets some turns in on the M1 RaceTrack to notch up her 31st consecutive month!

M1 Poma and Loch Morlich, East Lady beyond still good cover on the upper areas above 2800ft.

Total cover in the Ptarmigan Bowl. Super time for learning a new snowsport.

Hitting the dancefloor box, perfectly situated to amuse those in the Ptarmigan Restaurant!

Looking over the Ptarmigan Bowl from high on the Ptarmigan Ridge.

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Spring is definitely King on CairnGorm Mountain in 2012. A bluebird day to start May with extensive terrain for all ability levels. Alan and Helen notched up their 31st consecutive month of sliding on the 'Gorm using the lifts!

An absolutely stunning early May evening meant even at 7pm tourers were still setting off for an evening ski after work. Taking advantage of long evenings & excellent cover mid and upper mountain.

Ride anywhere above about 2800-3000ft. Though there's been some inevitable thinning towards the bottom of the middle runs, where there was limited snow cover prior to last week, there is still very good cover on most of the length of the mid mountain trails. M1 via Horizon Road, then the 105 was the pick if the afternoon, it was getting heavier traffic and the sticky softening fresh snow from Monday was skied into the older snow giving nice quick spring snow.

Up top yesterdays fresh snow did get sticky in the afternoon, but with diurinal freeze/thaw cycles this week it should morph quickly into faster spring snow.

Coire Cas Tow now set up for loading at top of the Gunbarrel, if demand. Top level of the Cas Carpark was full, but no queues on the tows Tuesday.

The upper reaches of Coronation Wall and Cas Headwall were giving concern for avalanche risk after drifting yesterday and overnight on East winds, check with Patrol for the latest.

Below the Race Hut the M1 is getting rocky in the fenced narrows, Horizon Road onto the 105 is a better bet. Upper Gunbarrel can be skied, then cut onto 105. Top 2 legs of Zig Zags are complete back to the M1 Poma.

Snow on Carpark Run comes to an end at the bottom of the Sheiling Tow, the M2 is complete to the corner of the Daylodge Poma, but from there a walk down the Windy Ridge footpath is required. Funicular mid-stopping down later in the afternoon.
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