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CairnGorm Mountain // Thursday 24th March 2005
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Terrain Park kickers, spot the Ptarmigan?

Top leg of the Zig Zags.

A narrowing Coire Cas.

Coire Cas from just below the top.

!05 is still complete.

Lower Traverse is hanging in there!

View up the Traverse.

Top of the M1/Traverse.

Snowless M1 Top Terminal.

The remains of the Ciste Fairway after more damp mild weather.

The Ptarmigan Run is only just hanging on in bits.

Opportunities for an early bath....

Looking down to bottom of Ptarmigan Tow.

Ptarmigan Bowl, still skiable but narrow.

Marquis Well snowfield is becoming patchy.

Count the Ptarmigan...

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CairnGorm Mountain is now the only area able to offer even limited uplift for snowsports, and after more mild and damp conditions, the latest pictures are not pretty.

However slightly cooler, and perhaps more importantly, dry conditions are expected over the next few days, with some reasonable sunshine expected for Easter weekend, so what very limited cover is left should hopefully hold out; just.

The Ciste Fairway is probably beyond hope, there simply is not the snow around to carry out the extent of rebuilding that is required. That leaves the Ptarmigan Bowl in the Top Basin, which is narrow but still offers a complete run, though you need to ski down via the Ptarmigan Restaurant side of the Ciste and cut across the Tow Track. Beginners beware, opportunities exist for those with limited control to have an early bath in the middle of the Ptarmigan Bowl!

There is no snow right outside the Top Station, so a short walk is required to where the snow starts in the Top Basin and/or the Traverse, which is complete down into Coire Cas. The Upper Cas has lost a fair bit more width in recent days, and is now just the narrow hollow next to the tow track, but has had the best snow, with less wet granular spring snow.

The Cas Tow is loading from the top of the Gunbarrel, and from the middle of the Zig Zags walking is required to return to the middle station for the funicular which is stopping on request.

Thanks to Helen Rennie for Today's pics from the 'Gorm. If you have been out send your photos to pix@winterhighland.com .
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