If an average of at least 2 metres of new snow hasn't filled into the main body of the Lady/Cas/Ciste etc. I'm willing to ski naked down your choice of the three.
Fair enough, but the examples you use aren't average parts of the ski area:
- underneath the M1: sheltered, so massive drifts form
- White Lady: faces west or NW, so the most sheltered aspect of the entire mountain during SE winds. And it already had a greater depth than the mountain's average (quote from Winterhighland several times this season: "This has been the year of the White Lady")
- Cas and Ciste: gullies. Again, sheltered
- the ski road: collects a lot of the snow blown from Windy Ridge in SE storms
Your examples will have metres and metres of new snow on them. But for each of them, there are several other runs which don't have the same sheltered setting:
- the Ptarmigan Bowl: "scraped down to the hard base" according to Cairngorm's FB
- all of the Cas area shown in your picture above
- presumably the M2 piste and Fiacaill Ridge areas
Now, I must stress that I'm not suggesting for a minute that the conditions at Cairngorm aren't fantastic at the moment. However, there's certainly not an average of 7 metres of snow on the upper mountain, and I'm sure that, on average, less than 2 metres of new snow has accumulated on the runs.
On Bomp's point that snow depth is often meaningless in Scotland, I'd generally agree. But for people coming skiing for the first time in Scotland, or for those who aren't regular skiers here (or regular visitors to Winterhighland), this isn't obvious. A good proportion of the SCGB's membership base is people who ski abroad but might not have skied in Scotland before. So this applies to them. The SCGB therefore *are* an important source (I believe they also provide figures for the BBC). So it is important that they're accurate.
And they're not perfect, but I think they're more accurate than David thinks they are!
Edited 1 times. Last edit at 14.28hrs Tue 26 Mar 13 by denfinella.