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CairnGorm Mountain // Wednesday 17th March 2010
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Looking up the Ciste Gully from the Carpark Level, lower Gully in good nick unlike the traverse lines to the WWP.

Ciste Gully skiing superbly on Wednesday afternoon. Huge sweep of the East Wall is ride anywhere.

Ciste Gully, superb run from the Ptarmigan Bowl all the way to the car park, shuttle bus providing uplift.

looking out over Glenmore from the narrows of the lower Ciste Gully.

Heading up the M1 Poma, starting to get hazy.

Dug out garage at the Top Station is an indication of the depth of snow on the mountain.

Polar Express looking over the Ptarmigan Bowl, trench for an uptrack on the T-bar.

Coire Cas doing it's thing late afternoon. Great spring snow in the boulder field.

Looking down the Gunbarrel to the Carpark Run and Loch Morlich beyond.

Upper Coire Cas, ride anywhere above 2500ft, extensive off -piste to 1800ft too.

Cas or Fiacaill, it's all just one big snow field at the moment.

Mogul field skiers left of the Gunbarrel dropping into the Cas Queuing area.

Battleship box rail in the Fiacaill Terrain Park.

Looking up to the Headwall, the Fiacaill Traverse 'Nessie' Rollers in below.

Looking over the Zig Zags, Cas, M1 and White Lady from top of the Fiacaill Ridge Poma.

Daylodge, DLP and the Daylodge Glades from the FRP, unfortunately strong cross winds shut the DLP.

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Despite a strong and gusty wind restricting uplift (with the DLP, Ptarmigan, Ciste, Polar Express and West Wall Poma off) a good days riding with the whole mountain available except the top half of the Ptarmigan Bowl.

Ciste Gully was out of the wind and giving a fantastic run of 1800ft vertical from the Ptarmigan Restaurant, with superb granular snow in the Top Basin right down the gully. A bit sticky at the bottom of the Aonach for a couple of hundred yards then becoming granular and faster again.

There is a huge sweep of skiable snow on the East Wall far beyond the usual gullies and Laogh Mor was seeing more action today with good granular snow on the Laogh Mor Return which still has a good cover to the car park.

On the Cas side a bit sticky on the less used areas lower down, but elsewhere more granular and spring like snow. Bumps forming skiers left of the Cas T-bar parallel to the Gunbarrel. An extra traverse has been cut higher and flatter above the Fiacaill Traverse which can be used to access higher up in to Sneachda.

All runs remain in great shape, excellent day on Wednesday, but the wind is picking up this evening. Check the latest in the morning, call 01479 861261.
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