People may be banging the 'West is Best' drum, but make no mistake there is still fantastic riding to be had at Glenshee and under the spring sunshine Glenshee was simply skiing beautifully on Monday.
There are some thin/narrow areas to look out for but there is no problem at all getting around the area with your planks on and though not all the lifts are open the vast majority of the terrain is accessible, the only lift that was missed to some extent was the Cairnwell Chair - a few hiked up to the top to hit the Tiger in the afternoon.
Surface conditions varied through the day with surface softening in the sun. Sunnyside was firm till late morning, with Butchart's being south facing offering great spring snow by mid morning. Butchart's Coire has great cover and there's no problem getting back to the lift hub at the Cairnwell Cafe. Using the Cairnwell T-bar there is loads of possibilities for fun lines off the Bunny Run down towards Butchart's.
The Cairnwell Race Tracks were offering good sport, the Red is full width between the fences and was the pick of the Cairnwell side.
Sunnyside and Tom Dearg have some narrow areas, but are in fair condition and easily skiable. The Cluny area has decent coverage and could provide an alternative to the Tom Dearg if required - the link for getting to Tom Dearg on return from Coire Fionn requires caution with ample opportunity for an early but cold bath in the burn! To get to Coire Fionn, traverse across the middle of the Cluny Pomas from the top of Sunyside, then use the short Beag Poma to gain height towards the Caenlochan.
From the top of Caenlochan it's possible to follow the ridge line fenced run, but much more interesting to head the other way into the heart of Fionn Coire with loads of different lines to take.
If the sun comes out mid-week again, get up to Glenshee and make the most of it while the full area is open. Photos by Winterhighland.