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CairnGorm Mountain // Monday 5th May 2014
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Winchcat outside the Ptarmigan Restaurant.

Ptarmigan Bowl from the top of the big kicker.

White Lady required walking and a bit of grass skiing - but fast crunchy spring snow.

Coire Cas Gunbarrel still flat and mellow at the end of the season.

Mid Cas was very fast with the quick spring snow and strong tailwind.

Skinning up the Ciste Bowl, apart from right below Ptarmigan Tow it is great cover all the way to the boardwalk.

Cas Tow offloading just shy of the uptrack crossover, good cover from here down.

Looking back up the Ciste Bowl from the start of the Gully proper.

Heading into the Ciste Gully for the last time off the lifts this season.

Ciste Gully still in superb shape, uninterrupted 1600ft vertical descent possible from above Marquis Well halfpipe to boardwalk.

Last lift assisted turns of the season on great Spring Snow on the West Wall.

The WestWall Boardwalk.

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That then would appear to be that for the 2014 Scottish Season, there's still going to be snow around for a good while yet - but from here on in turns will have to earned.

Mayday Monday wasn't the t-shirt skiing send off to the season one might have hoped for, early in the day the mist closed in on the top and the decidedly chilly wind was strong from the off. However it did brighten up a bit with the cloud base lifting clear of the tops for the afternoon, and though more menacing clouds threatened from time to time, they amounted to nothing more than a couple of spots of rain during our final descent of the Ciste Gully.

Coire Cas was a blast with fast crunchy spring snow and a galeforce tailwind. White Lady is broken, narrow in bits but had good snow too and was worth the walk down to the snow from the Top Station for a few laps.

For those thinking of hiking or skinning up for some turns, there is a complete run from above the top of the Ptarmgian Tow to the boardwalk level in the Ciste giving 1600ft of vertical. Beautiful spring snow and a fantastic final lift served run of the season.

See you all at Glencoe on Saturday 21st June to mark the Summer Solstice - Cliffhanger Chairlift will run in the morning to help get you up Meall a' Bhuiridh.
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