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CairnGorm Mountain - Wed 10th Apr 2019
Posted by: Apex177 at 20.32hrs on Thu 11th Apr 19

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:: Tour Route(s) or Location Skied/Ridden
Feith Buidhe above Loch Avon. We skinned up Fiacaill Choire Cas, round to the top of Coire Domhain as if going to Macdui before crossing the Feithe Buidhe about 1170m. We took the easiest line avoiding the objective hazards immediately to the North and South, see GPS track. From 925m we skinned up south of the steep slopes regaining the Feith Buidhe higher up. We also had a good short run back into Coire Domhain on softening previously windblown snow.
:: Weather Conditions
Minus three in the car park which was ideal so prevent the snow softening too much. Sunny all day with no wind feeling very hot most of the day.
:: Snow Conditions and Distrubtion
There has been a huge snow loss since Saturday. Harscheisen used on the Fiacaill ridge and softening thereafter. The downhill slopes were in use from the bottom of the Cas with downhillers being ferried up in a lift company buggy.
:: Skiers/Riders
AA AS

CairnGorm Mountain - Fri 5th Apr 2019
Posted by: Apex177 at 20.27hrs on Sat 6th Apr 19

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:: Tour Route(s) or Location Skied/Ridden
Up to 1141m on Fiacaill Choire Chas and round to Lurchers
:: Weather Conditions
A late start avoided the harsh morning weather although winds still 35mph on occasions. Sunny
:: Snow Conditions and Distrubtion
Many leeward slopes blown clear of fresh snow and lots of sastrugi. I am told that fresh snow is blown away in a 10mph wind and bonded snow requires a 55mph wind. The snow in Lurchers was very difficult to turn on. I started my descending traverse to the car park at 900m.
:: Skiers/Riders
AS

CairnGorm Mountain - Mon 10th Dec 2018
Posted by: Apex177 at 21.20hrs on Mon 10th Dec 18

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:: Tour Route(s) or Location Skied/Ridden
Cairngorm, South to top of Coire Raibeirt, then back up Cairngorm and down Ciste Mhearad.
:: Weather Conditions
Minus 2 at 900m according to Mwis. Wind below 15mph. cCouding up a bit in afternoon.
:: Snow Conditions and Distrubtion
Skis on at bottom of Shieling Poma. Good snow above 900m.
:: Skiers/Riders
AS

CairnGorm Mountain - Sun 18th Feb 2018
Posted by: Apex177 at 21.28hrs on Fri 23rd Feb 18

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:: Tour Route(s) or Location Skied/Ridden
Creag Leacach, Glenshee
This was an excellent short (less than 4 hours) tour. We were away from the road by 10 however it became clear that someone had already been round this tour before we started! The descent is a lovely slope (around 24 degrees) and we could imagine coming back often if we were local. Definitely worth a return trip.
:: Weather Conditions
Vis deteriorated as per forecast.
:: Snow Conditions and Distrubtion
Skiable from the road
:: Skiers/Riders
Eagle Ski Club Party

CairnGorm Mountain - Sun 29th Jan 2017
Posted by: Apex177 at 16.05hrs on Mon 30th Jan 17

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:: Tour Route(s) or Location Skied/Ridden
Cairngorm Car Park to summit via Cas and top of Ptarmigan tow then down Ciste Mherith
:: Weather Conditions
Dry, sunny, about minus 5, mostly little wind
:: Snow Conditions and Distrubtion
An amazing change form few days prior, even the day before. Enough for a viable skin up and also for ski down. Optional carrying in short stony areas. Some rubble on zig zags corners.
:: Skiers/Riders
Eagle Ski Club Party

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