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CairnGorm Mountain // Sunday 24th November 2013
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One of several attempts to clear up in the Top Basin, but no wind to clear the mist away.

Heading down the Traverse into Coire Cas.

On the Cas T-bar uptrack just below the hill track crossover from the 105 - now if that fence gets even part buried! :)

Some classic Scottish Combat Skiing on the lower slopes to get back to the Daylodge.

Hitting a tube rail, 2 features set up outside the Ptarmigan Restaurant.

Bottom leg of the Zig Zags, wouldn't have been riding to the middle without the snow making.

Looking up the third leg of the Zig Zags, ferocious North wind scoured most new snow off the M1 and Lady on Thursday.

Just below the top of the M1 Poma heading for the Traverse.

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Virtually flat calm on CairnGorm on Sunday, which meant the mist at the top though not as thick as Saturday tended to hang around, with just fleeting clearances. Meanwhile most of the mid mountain was clear and much brighter, the snow was nicer too.

Colder than Saturday so the snow at the top stayed firm to hard packed on the groomed areas, just solid off them with a glazed ice layer being added to by the freezing mist. This and the mist encouraged most folk to hit the mid-mountain.

What was turning to a not bad very early season day rather unravelled when the funicular throw a tantrum over door sensors mid morning, leaving the majority stuck either at the middle or at the Daylodge for over an hour. After a bit of lucky timing personally after a leisurely coffee in the Cas Bar, walked into the Base Station to see what the prognosis was to just manage to squeeze into the first train up after the resumption.

The nose of the carriage hadn't even left the building when it slammed on the anchors... despite the ominous start we got to the top at full speed, we were however to be the last for the day to be so fortunate. After a few runs up top I called it a day as there was rather a lot of things to sort before the Warren Miller tour gets up and running in Scotland on Monday.

The Funicular did run in the afternoon, but at a snails pass taking 20+ mins per run..... The Funicular certainly took the FUN out of Sunday!
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