Didn't post for Friday and Saturday as we had visitors staying. Friday was one of those days you just had to laugh as you constantly chipped the ice from your goggles, but the snow has to fall some time. Saturday was a spectacular day, spectacular snow, spectacular weather and spectacular queues. See the CG face book posts for the complaints.
To-day was not as forecast at all. It was over caste and blowing a hooley when we arrived and then to be told the train was not running, hurumf. It was bitterly cold, a reported -28 wind chill. After an hour we were about to give up and go home frozen to the bone but then the train started so we got on and headed up.
It was brutal at the top but it quickly started to change, the wind started to drop and out came the sun giving a lovely late morning / afternoon. It was off piste for the rest of the day in fresh wind blown powder. The pistes were groomed cold packed powder snow, very nice to ski.
Now for the queues. If you were early and got on the first few trains the things went well and we were happy but after that the stories from down the bottom were not good. Now surprisingly the queues up top were not bad at all, significantly less than yesterday. The ptarmigan was often ski on and the ciste went back 2/3s of the flat area and not very compact. The cas started very quiet and built to three lines but not very orderly. We were so glad we did not go home as we skied till we could ski no more on excellent snow.
I will be loading some pictures on to face book later. They may be of interest, or not as they will be of faces of regulars.
Start of the day, survival was difficult
Late morning things improved
mid afternoon, note the empty bars going round the Ptarmigan t-bar
around 14:00 queues were small and sun was out, wind dropped off completely
Look at the ptarmigan queue, nearly ski on!
We were off piste much of the day, the wind blown snow was great to ski on.
Look over to the ciste tow, the queue was very acceptable.
Edited 3 times. Last edit at 17.59hrs Sun 17 Jan 16 by WindyMiller.
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