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CairnGorm Mountain // Sunday 24th January 2010
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Looking back through the trees to the small bowl in the Sun skied further up.

Making tracks for Glenmore, just on the edge of the forest before dropping down to the Allt Mor trail.

Steepish pitch down onto the Allt Mor trail, sweet turns below 1600ft.

Into the forest proper by the Allt Mor.

Windblown powder above the Allt Mor.

Gentle run out through the trees to the Allt Mor bridge on the Ski Road.

Stark effect of the wind shows on the lee and windward sides of the river.

Lovely windblown fresh on a firm base, lovely turns down towards the forest.

Heading for Glenmore on the banked out Allt Coire Cas below the Carpark.

Boarder on Burnside, would be a 6 lane motorway but for the lane closures (bridge)!

Hopefully this bridge on the Fiacaill Footpath is redundant for a while. Still some great snow around this area.

Brightening up on the 'Gorm in the afternoon. The climbers path drops down to a bridge just right of the sign - where is it?

A gentle winding road after traversing above the streams, looking back to the Fiacaill Ridge Poma.

Sun makes an appearance, not really expected, but the weather made a bit of a fool of the forecast models this weekend.

Final run of the day, through the trees and over the bridge on the Allt Mor trail.

Fun run out over humocky ground just before arriving at the Ski Road by the bridge.

Time for a pit stop at Glenmore, missed the huskies racing though.

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A few inches of overnight snow fell with a dropping freezing level to give a noticeably colder Sunday and a nice layer of soft powder snow blanketing CairnGorm Mountain.

What's more the day brightened up much more than might have been hoped from the forecast and while the visibility did come and go a bit on the upper mountain, the sun did make an appearance and some simply fantastic riding was on offer for all ability levels.

Many were lapping various parts of the Ciste back to the car park then taking the shuttle bus round with the Aonach Bowl providing some of the best riding of all - it clearly had potential yesterday, just you couldn't see enough to find the good stashes on Saturday.

There is fantastic nursery areas top and bottom, and early intermediates can enjoy a run from the Top to the Daylodge via the Traverse, Cas, Zig Zags and anywhere on the lower slopes, all massively wide and superbly groomed.

The Burnside burn is obliterated and the beautiful windpacked snow carries on into the distance below the lower carpark, it was too inviting to ignore, so many of the photos are one of various routes people were riding to Glenmore by taking advantage of the good visibility and covering of overnight fresh.

If you hike to the Summit a 3000ft descent is achievable just now. Check the forecast, if it looks the part, book a day of work or take a dose of that awful 24hour winter bug that's going around!

Photos by Winterhighland. Been out, please submit a public report or email photos to pix2010@winterhighland.info .
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