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CairnGorm Mountain // Friday 24th April 2015
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Ptarmigan Traverse still a couple of machines wide, good easy green still.

Coire Cas in good shape to here, but bottom of Gunbarrel narrowing.

Kickers in the Ptarmigan Terrain Park.

Ciste Bowl from the T-bar, still mostly wide. Fairway closed today, but might be fixable over the weekend.

105 still has a decent depth thanks to the new fences, stayed faster than the Cas snow.

Upper Cas has wide cover still, but a wee bit of a head wind slowed you down in the afternoon.

Top to middle with 1300ft of vertical via the Traverse and Cas. Traverse/M1 corner thin and slushy, but machines should tidy it up in the colder temps tomorrow.

Corner of the Traverse onto the 105.

Top of the Ptarmigan Tow.

Maquis Well halfpipe.

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Still pretty warm on Friday and much sunnier on CairnGorm than just a few miles further North which was overcast. Still top to mid-station riding with 1300ft of vertical from the top of the Ptarmigan T-bar to the middle of the Funicular at the foot of the Coire Cas Gunbarrel.

However today's soft granular snow will likely firm up tonight with the temperature dropping back through the overnight period, but frontal snow should give a covering of fresh at least on the Upper Slopes overnight. During Saturday convective snow showers will pile in from the North and the temperature will drop from -1 or -2 in the morning at the Top Station to around -5°c by late afternoon.

Winter is definitely not done yet and snow showers, potentially heavy and thundery at times (greatest risk of Thunderstorms on Sunday) will continue for at least several days. Keep an eye on the webcams and if you are heading up, it's the full winter gear this weekend, it definitely won't be t-shirt skiing!
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