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CairnGorm Mountain // Thursday 6th June 2013
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No 2 Gully on the East Wall still good for a few steeper turns.

Ciste Gully runs out just shy of the boardwalk, still mostly wide and apparently fairly deep.

Good quick spring snow in the Ciste Gully.

The Ciste Gully still in fantastic shape, wide and deep below the No 1 Gully merge.

H11lly gets some more summer turns in on great spring snow in the Ciste Gully.

Looking down the upper reaches of the Ciste Gully, snow still flat across here.

It's a question of the right wax for the conditions... grass skiing to get from the last of the Bowl's snow onto the Gully snow.

Yvonne gets some summer turns in the Ciste Bowl.

Helen makes use of the Terrain Park for a few steeper turns in the Ptarmigan Bowl.

Male Ptarmigan runs past us on the edge of the snow in the Ciste Mhearaidh.

Helen approaching the upper snowfield in the Ciste Mhearaidh, complete to the waterfall.

Setting off from the highest tounge of snow on the Tor patch on the back of CairnGorm.

The big piste sign outside the Ptarmigan Restaurant getting some TLC.

Looking over Fiacaill a' Choire Chais, 0.5 Gully in Sneachda prominent and skied mid-week.

Wreath of snow around the headwall of Coire Cas extends onto Fiacaill a' Choire Chais.

The White Lady from the base station, now broken, but middle third still largely full width!

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The June slide that ticked of month 44 for myself and Helen may have been achieved on the 1st, but with the fine, settled and warmer weather the lure of the still loaded Ciste Gully proved irresistible.

It is however on days like these you really miss the old chairlift, in the warm sunshine and able to get out out and play at the top! Alas turns now have to be earned, but the Ciste Gully is worth the hoof. If you don't want to hike all the way to the Top Station, going up the Windy Ridge path allows you to cut over to the Ciste Bowl before the M2 / Fairway split, saving some up hill hiking.

However a break in the Ptarmigan Restaurant and a run on one of the snowfields over the back of CairnGorm justifies some extra vertical. Good length of run can be had below the Tor or in the Ciste Mhearaidh.

There is still a large area of snow in the main bed of the Ptarmigan Bowl, with the large mounds from the terrain park. You can get enough speed of the highest mound to hit the kicker ramp cut into the side of the 2nd mound (see Sat 1st Pix).

However the star attraction is undoubtedly the Ciste Gully, still wide, still loaded virtually to the boardwalks with quick granular spring snow - even some spring snow corduroy!! On the Cas side though broken the White Lady would still be worth a blast and if you want to say you skied in June but don't want to expand too much effort, there's still a patch for a handful of turns by the base of the Fiacaill Ridge Poma.

Ciste Gully Wednesday night Sunset Descent on Vimeo from Grant Scott.
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