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.