As you would expect after yesterdays storm the snow cover has changed significantly. The off piste areas have been scoured back to rock but to the gain of the piste between the fences.
The weather was a mixed bag,heavy snow showers, variable wind strengths from calm to hold on to your hat and glorious sunshine with blue sky, its Scotland just wait a minute!
The snow has tuned quite hard and scraped and I would even say icy in places, enough to make to clench when travelling at speed and hit it unawares. Other areas have wind blown soft snow. The gun barrel has filled in and is now flat.
Top bowls and lady are still excellent to ski in. The traverse is wide down to the 105 and cas which are both good but now the off piste options have gone.
The car park tow started today for the first time this season, quite ironic as I would say there is now less snow at it than there was two days ago! You can still get to the car park easily but the runs are scraped and hard.
I took a look over the west wall, there appears to be significant snow here and gully 1+2 are skiable. What I could not see is the old board walk back to the WWP and how much snow is there. The WWP tow path appears in good condition but I could not see the load station conditions. From the secondary load station at the WW chair the tow path is well pisted and could be used to relieve the pressure on the Ciste if the full length of the track could not be used.
Queues, well a mixed bag depending where you were skiing. The car park, no one was using it, why? It was great to avoid the train, no waiting at all.
The cas and M1 were busy but quite acceptable, I like the new cas load area, it forces the line away from the danger area of the car park unload when people stand correctly, lining up and down the run, When they do not, lining back towards the car park unload there is going to be a serious accident. One to keep an eye on.
The ptarmigan and Ciste were not good, The ciste backed to the WWP and up the run significantly, Some one tried to start a second line but this does not work here due to the terrain, you need to quad up but to do that you need queue managers. There was a ski patrol person trying to manage the ptarmigan. It was obvious he did not want to be there and was a half hearted approach which was not working. He did not explain to the folks how the system works and the bottom of the second line just merged in. The mini race training rent-a-crowd were having great time utilising this confusion adding to the wait time.
The off piste loss has been the run gains
Gun barrel is now full and flat
Cas and M1 queues were quite acceptable
The ptarmigan traverse fence has been buried
The lower slopes have suffered a bit and you can see the scoured areas higher up but the pistes between the fences are filling nicely.
Edited 1 times. Last edit at 19.30hrs Wed 17 Feb 16 by WindyMiller.
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