So I was up this afternoon for a look about the backs to scope out descents for a touring trip next week. Had a really nice descent off of the back of Cairn Aosda, snow starts off very icy but grippy but quickly turns into beautiful powder on top of hard packed. You can go maybe a couple of hundred metres down into the gully. I didn't ski as far as you could as it felt like a perfect terrain trap scenario with lots of soft snow on one side of a steep gully. But you could probably go quite far down. Attached pic is of the bowl that I was in.
I then climbed back up and traversed round to the back of Butcharts Coire to see what else there was but unfortunately there isn't much. Ended up walking most of it.
I then went up Cairn Aosda itself with a view of the long descent down to the road. Probably a third of it looked good. The rest either was exposed rock or had thin cover and having heard a grim story of someone breaking their pelvis on that very slope under similar conditions I put my sensible hat on.
Some good descents scoped out further out past Loch Vochtran but access would mainly be by walking.
In terms of inbound runs everything that was open has good cover. I took a few photos so will post a report at some point.
Edited 1 times. Last edit at 18.52hrs Thu 5 Feb 15 by CMartindale.