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CairnGorm Mountain // Saturday 19th May 2012
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Precision skiing in Chicken Gully, but it gets you closest to the M1 Poma.

Coronation Wall was open, but check with patrol in the morning.

View down the wide Ciste Bowl.

Upper Cas and Coronation Wall, notice cornice on Headwall.

Upper Cas was in fantastic shape with beautiful soft groomed snow.

M1 Poma doing it's thing on the 19th of May!

Looking up the Ptarmigan Traverse from the top of the Ciste Fairway.

Helen heads over the Ciste Tow, full cover on the Top Basin.

Untouched packed powder corduroy on the Traverse in the morning. Beautiful snow, best cover of the season.

Fresh tracks between the Traverse, M1 RaceTrack and the 105. Boulderfield beyond great moderate off-piste.

M1 RaceTrack in fantastic shape on top 2/3rds, exit via Horizon Road to Zig Zags and Chicken Gully is best option.

Winchcat 600 outside the Top Station on Saturday morning.

Ciste Fairway is in fantastic shape, nearly buried fences on the Tow Track.

Ptarmigan Ridge was machine packed powder corduroy at the start of Saturday.

Still snowing on Saturday morning, the 17th day of snow this May!

Box and rail in the Ptarmigan Terrain Park on the Ciste Fairway.

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Those arriving for first funicular on Saturday were greeted by snow falling to the Daylodge, but the snow eased to showers and conditions quickly brightened up during the morning with the cloud base lifting above the Ptarmigan Tow.

This mornings snow was the 17th day of snowfall on CairnGorm Mountain this May, quite an astonishing statistic which meant yet more fresh tracks were to be had while the higher level groomers such as the Ptarmigan Ridge started the day with simply beautiful machine packed powder corduroy.

There is plenty for all levels of riders with a selection of green, blue, red and black terrain available and lots of moderate off-piste off the Ptarmigan Ridge, upper reaches of the East Lady and in the Cas Boulderfield. Check with patrol about stability of the steeper off-piste.

Though a short walk is required to regain the Funicular or M1 Poma it's well worth it as the top 2/3rds of the Lady and M1, the Traverse and Upper Cas, plus Fiacaill are all in great shape. Chicken Gully onto the Zig Zag crossover gets you level with the M1 Poma loading area for the shortest hoof.

Top Basin has total cover and with brighter conditions forecast for Sunday there will be excellent touring potential on the plateau. CML are offering a touring ticket for 5 pounds, you need to walk to the M1 Poma, but it and the Ptarmigan Tow will save 1250ft of climbing.

Summer is forecast to arrive in the Highlands next week, so get up and play while you can.
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