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CairnGorm Mountain // Saturday 10th April 2010
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Looking over the Ptarmigan Bowl from the top of the Fairway. Great day for Dawn of the Shred IV.

Wide battle ship rail and tyre jib in the Ptarmigan Park.

Laying out some turns on the spring snow in Aladdin's Couloir, Coire an t-Sneachda.

Kickers in the Ptarmigan Terrain Park.

Expansive spring snow steeps still on offer in Coire Laogh Mor.

Looking back into Coire Laogh Mor from the skis on point at the resumption of the Laogh Mor Return fences.

Heading for the Ciste Carpark and Shuttle Bus via the Laogh Mor Return, short walk needed to regain the fence line from floor of the Coire.

First tracks in Diagonal Gully, lifts will get you up the mountain, but it's a big hoof or skin back out of the Loch A'an Basin.

Cas Gunbarrel is still wide and deep, no sign of the lower 105!

Wide Lady remains as wide as it's possible to be. Still decent cover on the Carpark Runs below.

Preparing for first turns at the top of Diagonal Gully on the South side of the 'Gorm.

Looking up the Ciste Gully from the Laogh Mor Return bridge at the Carpark. Notice big bumps on the West Wall Chair Run.

Want to lay out some nice carves on moderate terrain, then Coire Cas with spring snow is for you.

CairnGorm Mountain from the shore of Loch Morlich, still mostly ride anywhere cover on the upper and mid-mountain.

Heading down the Aonach Bowl. Still complete to the foot of the old Poma, but a walk required to head out the gully to the carpark.

Definitely not first tracks, dropping into Aladdin's Couloir on Saturday afternoon.

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A selection of photos from a number of Public Reports and Touring Trip Reports in the Back Country section.

CairnGorm Mountain at the weekend was quite simply a mountain with something for all, from freestyle pro's hitting the Ptarmigan Park in Van's Dawn of the Shred IV, first timers taking their first steps on planks on the lower slopes or up in the Ptarmigan Bowl, to wide and steep spring snow fields on the various walls such as the East Wall, East Lady, Coronation Wall and the Laogh Mor Headwall, to epic gully skiing on the various classic grade I ice climbs on the 'Gorm.

In the patrolled area all main runs are complete with great riding for all ability levels and still good snow on the Carpark Run for top to Daylodge Riding. With a bit of heather hoping and a short walk from the main snow fields to regain the Laogh Mor Return fences it's still possible to get back to the Ciste Carpark and access fantastic off-piste in Laogh Mor itself.

Aladdin's Couloir was seeing a lot of ski traffic, Sneachda offering up lift assisted gully skiing, the lifts can do most of the vertical, but still requires a bit of effort to navigate around the top of Coire Cas. Possible to ski/traverse most of the way out of Sneachda depending how far down the Coire you ski.

Remember the potential risk of full depth slides in spring when going off piste - this risk is not accounted for in the SAIS forecast warning category.

High pressure remains in control of the weather this week, temps have dropped back somewhat and with night frosts the spring thaw is fairly slow and gradual. If the weather holds, more of pretty much the same coverage for next weekend.

Photos by HighRustler, H11lly, Actionslax and MountainAddict.
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