After visiting the physio yesterday I have another 8 weeks of rest to go before being allowed to ski on my left knee but no one said I could not ski on the other one, so up I went for a day of one legged skiing on the ciste and ptarmigan. No one was going to keep me away from the fresh snow and sunshine any longer
What a superb day on Cairngorm from the off. The car parks were filling fast by 10:00 and the lower ciste was in use from 11:00 but unfortunately the bus did not arrive until after lunch. I think everyone was caught by surprise on how many people came skiing today. As it goes if it snows in the central belt they will come! Many people were actually from further afield, south of the border. On saying that the queues were not too bad and good natured, the warm spring sunshine helped.
The snow was fresh and dry at the beginning of the day, by lunch time it was getting a bit soft at mid station and by afternoon it was decidedly wet there. At the top it remained cold and dry and an absolute pleasure to ski all day.
The off piste, I am told as my one legged skiing is not up to off piste...yet..., is excellent. The east ptarmigan and east lady were in constant use, even young families were heading out east of the ptarmigan and enjoying themselves. I stuck to the simple pisted areas. The were many tourers heading out today, many more than I have seen in the past, it is getting much more popular.
A significant number of people were skiing to the car park using various routes but the snow is thin and quite wet at the end of the day. I did not chance the one leg slide and took the train of shame.
Great day, great cover, crap one legged skier.
Will get some pictures up on face book later
The mountain at 09:45 this morning and it just got better.
The end of season, the sun brings out the loons. You would not catch a sensible winterhighlander doing this, would you, really would you??
The park and the east ptarmigan area, very well used today but not by me
The ciste bowl, superb.
End of the day a bit wet at mid station but you can see the gun barrel is good all the way down, you can make it to the car park.
Edited 1 times. Last edit at 17.31hrs Sat 30 Apr 16 by WindyMiller.
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