Lovely day with little wind for most, building slightly in the afternoon. Many people had payed heed to the hard /icy warnings and stayed away and indeed it was hard and icy in places.
The ground team have done a superb job getting the surface of a number of areas skiable especially the Ptarmigan and Ciste Bowls, fairway etc. These were were nice to ski. The traverse is also good but then things get a little trickier. The cas is hard but not unskiable though it would put a number of people off and the guys recommending for intermediate and above is a wise move. Just keep out of the gun barrel… nothing to see here … just move along! The zigzags are fine for all abilities. A word of warning though, don’t be tempted to venture 1mm away from the prepared runs. It looks lovely but it is bullet proof, no matter how sharp your edges are it is going to hurt!
The lower runs are hard, brick hard and I would recommend most keep away. They did not run the car park or sunkids tows to discourage people from hanging around here.
The surprise was the ciste gully, after a few days ago I was hesitant to go in here. Adam (KB01) had worked his magic this morning and I could not believe the transformation. Yes the snow was firm but pisted to perfection, not a death cookie in sight. The surface was firm corduroy, nice and grippy all the way down to the new westwall road way back to the poma. Not hero snow but good fast carving snow.
The park has sprung up and I will put a few pictures in the park thread.
The Lady was closed to allow the racing. It did not really have any effect on the day as there were so few people around loads of room for all, very little queuing. It was lucky there were so few people as if it had been busy the prepared snow would have taken a beating back to ice.
Over all a good day to be on the mountain. Familiar faces are starting to reappear after mid term mayhem and nice to chat with people again.
Hopefully the forecast for fresh snow during the week does not evaporate, we badly need snow to top up the good base we have.
Has the funicular been set on summer speed to same money (500kw instead of 1Mw)?
It seems very slow yesterday.
There is a technical fault with one of the drive units and are waiting for a part, They hope it will be here in the next few days.
The ptarmigan area is soft and has nice skiing.
Nessie is back, fun from kids to big kids
A transformation in the Ciste Gully. A great ski down and no queuing at the west wall poma.
Many people got put off skiing the ciste gully due to the steep traverse out to the poma across the west wall black run. This has been solved with a snow road out.
Technically the lower slopes are open though the recommendation was to keep away. They were fine for the last run of the day if you did not need to turn to get back to the car.
Edited 1 times. Last edit at 15.22hrs Sun 25 Feb 18 by WindyMiller.
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