First day back on the mountain after the storms. It must have been brutal in the last couple of days and many West facing slopes are completely bare, stripped clean of any snow. Even North East ridges have had the snow removed. Areas like the top of Jeans Bowl are now a boulder field and you have to be creative to get in, but once in, wow!
The stripped snow has landed in the hollows and boy is it deep in places. The Cas and white Lady are big gainers. The Gun barrel has gone and flat with the tow path. The lady is full width and more, flat from the Scottish Ski Club hut to the train track. I have not seen this since 2013. The quality of the snow is very good though you could find some thin areas lower down on the car park run.
Surprisingly Side Slope, the bottom part for the Fiacaill Ridge run has caught a lot of snow. I was keeping high from Jeans Bowl and onto side slope, back to the Ridge Poma. A very nice ski through the deep fresh snow.
It was not till late morning the wind dropped enough to get the M1 and the Ptarmigan / polar express areas open. Once they did the queues which were long and unruly, quite unpleasant, dissipated. Becoming for the majority, ski on with out waiting.
For those who know me I am fairly reserved and do not use profanity, today that changed and I blew a gasket. Mother, father and two older children were using the Cas t-bar. First child goes round the bull wheel and keeps going on the down line holding the bar fully extended then let it fly. It missed the EMO stop bar by mm. The second child started to do the same and I shouted for them to let go. The father, who I found was Italian, and the family, started to have a go at me saying he knew how to use a t-bar and got quite animated, well I let rip his family got to see their father verbally taken down a peg. I cant stand by and watch our equipment badly abused and potentially killing some one in the process with a t-bar though their skull. Strange most people thank you when you politely point out how to put the cas t-bar back as it makes life much easier for them, not this Italian family, as we know holiday makers at half term know best
The staff were having trouble with queue management too, at one point the shout for help came from one of the staff trying to manage the Ridge poma. I took my skis off and between us manage to get it back under control. The nice lady beside me got quite agitated and eventual said loudly”I AM BEFORE YOU” I politely said yes you are, I am helping the lifty arrange the line and I don’t have my skis on, they are over beside the hut! She was a little embarrassed I think, I just smiled and said enjoy you ski!
Anyway, half term chaos aside, the skiing is lovley. Most runs are open, there is ample off piste and Ryvoan and Ciste Gully are being worked on. Skied Rita’s Ridge back to the Ciste Car park, not the bast skiing more just because I could.
When was the last time you saw this, the White Lady full width. I think it was 2013. Lovely snow.
Some one stole the gun barrel during the storm!
The old Fiacaill t-bar run was a very nice ski, wide and soft.
The lower half of side slope has really caught the snow, normally combat skiing here, not today. Look at the queues for the train, car park t-bar and the Ridge poma. This quickly dissipated as the M1 and upper mountain opened.
looking back up to the West Wall from Rita's Ridge. Lots of activity in here from the ground team getting things ready for the week end. Huge quantities of snow being pushed about.
Edited 2 times. Last edit at 19.42hrs Fri 16 Feb 18 by WindyMiller.
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