First days skiing after the thaw and bad weather. Over all since Sunday there has been a net snow loss but it is only a slight loss after the heavy snow yesterday. The big difference is the quality of the snow, much of it is hard and icy. It looks great but there is a thin cover of fresh over a hard icy base. The cas and top bowls are not too bad with only patches but other areas are scraped and polished.
I don't know who has been doing the pisting in the last day or so but it has not been good. The machine has been digging two trenches along its outer width and producing a multitude of death cookies where the tracks have been, not the usual high standard at all. This is made worse where there have been multiple passes leaving lines of ridges up and down the pistes which are hard and death cookies which bite back.
The WWP opened mid afternoon but with the M2 being striped of snow and the gully closed the only way in is Ryvoan. Ryvoan is only one machine wide and solid ice for 75% of the steep part beside the West Wall. The machines have mounded the snow up into steep banks down each side of the run so there is no ski out if you slip on the ice. Once you have started your ski in you are committed till the end. This was catching many folks out and not a pleasant ski at all.
The best skiing is the upper bowls, Ciste fairway, traverse, 105 and cas. Gun barrel not too bad but a little scraped. the best was the skiers left of the GB.
The fiacaill ridge is good where pisted but crusty on the off piste sections.The ridge run its self is quite good, a bit softer than the mid mountain.The lower slopes are hard.
I don't think it will take much more snow to return the mountain back to the play ground it has been and I hope some one takes a look at the PB600 to see why it is making such a mess of the slopes!
For the folks skiing with us today there will be some pictures on face book later
The ciste area, fairly soft snow with some icy patches
The side of the gun barrel was nice to ski, thin and a little hard but better than the gun barrel its self
The old Fiacaill run, a good ski if you kept away from its centre.
Ryvoan, looks nice? don't be fooled the upper section was horrendous. Unless you have ice-skates I would recommend keeping away.
The lower slopes have a reasonable cover but hard and icy in many places.
Edited 2 times. Last edit at 19.36hrs Thu 3 Mar 16 by WindyMiller.
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