pix from the slopes // cairngorm mountain
CairnGorm Mountain // Saturday 16th March 2013
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One of two wide easy boxes in the Sheiling Park.

Longer of 2 rails in the small Sheiling Park.

The 'queue' for the M1 Poma just after midday!

The T40s on the Sheiling were going overnight and through the morning at least.

White Lady was the pick of the morning, consistent good snow with a smooth surface making up for flat light.

Looking down the Sheiling Shred, fences on top half of Sheiling area buried by the snow guns.

Cut in the snow for the Traverse which is full motorway standard. SAIS measured a depth of 270cm here earlier in the week.

Daylodge Run was glazed this morning, will have improved with the fresh but could get scrapped on Sunday.

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A bluebird dawn on the webcams, but the NMM model's punt on it staying dry in the Northern 'Gorms during lift operating hours on Saturday was way off the mark!

The cloud and clag soon rolled in and the first flurries were falling late morning but it was in the afternoon the snow really set in with 2-3 inches on the lower mountain and double that at the top.

Surface conditions were mostly good, but the light meant the overall package was shall we say a bit less flattering than Friday.

White Lady, pick of the morning, consistent snow and level surfaces with no surprises waiting in the mist. Best access via the direct line by the old tow track, Lady Luck also decent, but the M1 SideTrack entrance was getting scrapped with almost everyone funneling down that narrow strip. Well worth the effort to get around the top of the Ptarmigan Restaurant, getting some of the best snow on the hill rather than just a way of getting to the Lady proper!

M2 very promising at the start, but the Daylodge Run was not nice in the mist as a combination of some softening yesterday lower down and the mist freezing to the surface with little use meant any icy glaze developed. Carpark Runs much nice way down early afternoon, but the M2 and D/L will have freshened up with the afternoon snow.

The small Sheiling Shred park was seeing plenty of action as it often had better visibility, 2 short rails and 2 novice boxes in place. The Nessie Rollers are back on the Fiacaill Traverse too.

Despite 1400 skiers/boarders on the hill, queues noticable by their absence through into early afternoon when I left (except perhaps in the Cafes - might explain where everyone was)! With the fresh snow continuing into the evening, it should be excellent underski conditions Sunday.
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