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CairnGorm Mountain // Tuesday 6th August 2013
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Quick refreshment before getting some turns in at the Ciste Mhearaidh.

Alan get's some August turns in on the remaining snow field in the Ciste Mhearaidh.

Footpath maintainence in Coire Raibert.

Time to rush back for the last funicular down, will the snow last till September?

Last patches on Ben Macdui.

Helen get's August turns on CairnGorm's Coire Domhain, 2nd day of skiing in a row.

Looking up to the last snow in Coire Cas on the Headwall.

Looking down on the last remaining snow at the base of Jacob's Ladder, Coire an t-Sneachda.

The first 'piste' of the day is a patch in Coire Domhain.

new single central fence line posts in place beside the Sheiling Tow.

First August run in Coire Domhain.

the wee markers show new routes for the Carpark Runs down the lower slopes between the Burn and Carpark T-bar.

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After a couple of delays with the weather, particularly wind it was time for myself and Helen to get our August turns in on CairnGorm and extend our run of consecutive months with linked turns somewhere on the 'Gorm to 46.

However it was Helen's second day skiing of the month, having skied two decent sized patches with over 20 turns on Carn Ban Mor above Glen Feshie on Monday. Complete with under snow tunnel high enough to walk through (see snow patch thread on forum).

On CairnGorm the Coire Domhain snowfield was a good shape and pitch for some easy turns, but quite slow and sticky snow. In contrast the Ciste Mhearaidh snow was perfect fast crunchy granular spring snow, but the undulating snowfield more traversed the slope than followed the fall-line, the best line straight down yielded around 8 or 9 turns.

Elsewhere on the mountain the work to complete top to bottom runs with new style fencing continues. There will be some new lines to ride back to the Daylodge by this season.
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