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.