For goodness sake Windy...it's the EAST WALL...nothing more nothing less !
For the last 20 years plus the piste maps name then as Gully No1 and No2. I will continue to use the names for them that are on the piste map so that others know what I am talking about. In 40 years of skiing Cairngorm I have not seen markers in the areas they now have pisted. If you want to be negative and not discuss the actual conditions please go to the thread that is designed just for that. This is the conditions thread. I will continue to report the conditions on how I see them.
The snow has continued to accumulate across the mountain further improving the cover. The snow is not powder, it is heavier and packs down quickly. The brisk NE wind is causing drifting though there are many sheltered areas to be found.
There was a mishap on the WWP and it had to go off for a few hours mid morning for repair. This had a knock on effect closing all of the Ciste area and the Aonach bowl. The unexpected consequence was Coire Laogh Mor became inaccessible as the rope was across the access gate to gully1+2. The bus was there waiting but I can be picked out on the mountain from over a mile away so I was not going to duck the rope. I had a chat with ops2 at lunch time and got the ok to head down. Also spoke to the lifties to make sure they were aware of what was happening and not to report wayward skiers ducking the rope. A few folks started using the coire again. It officially opened shortly after when the WWP came back on and the Ciste side became the playground of choice again.
The ground team have pisted more routes down the east side of the ciste. It is now more piste than off and many people were making use of the new steep runs. The only real off piste left is the lower half of Gully No2.
I took a tour round some of the more traditional pistes on the mountain, the Fiacaill, cas, gun barrel, lady etc. All good but when you have the large playground of the ciste that is the place to be. In the cold temperatures the lower slopes did not become slushy. They remained as good granular spring snow. One area that has not filled in is Jeans Bowl, often the saviour of the mountain in poor snow seasons this year it is just not filling in constantly. It stripped out during one of the storms and never recovered. Not a problem with 99% of the rest of the mountain in top condition.
The East Lady has been tracked out and as I said the snow is not powder and it packed down. The East Lady is more like a run now, a good alternative to the Lady its self.
The NE wind is bitterly cold and the visibility at the top was not good so the ski school were holding their standing classes at the day lodge where the snow factory had been used to make the large patch. Still wide and deep.
The slopes were very quiet all day, no queues at all and empty bars going round. The Upper cas car park did fill slowly and a few cars were using the lower cas. People arriving at lunch time were able to find places in the upper. The shuttle bus was there just for skiers using Laogh Mor, much appreciated.
The East Lady is now compacted down into a wide piste.
East lady meeting the main run.
Gully No2 is one of the last areas not pisted on the east of the ciste.
The Fiacaill run is good but if you look over to the lower part of Jeans Bowl you can see bare areas, probably the only area on the mountain that is bare.
The day lodge run. A deep layer of snow on the tow path.
Edited 1 times. Last edit at 17.05hrs Sat 31 Mar 18 by WindyMiller.
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