Thanks for the comments here and the numerous people that stopped me on the mountain to-day mentioning what they had read last night, even a family from London! I will continue to post on the conditions as I see them and as I have said before, please, if you have been up write a few lines and any pictures you may have taken. It is nice to see other points of view.
I have to agree with bogbiker, it was a stunner to-day. The cas car parks filled by 09:30 and by lunchtime the ciste car park was ¾ full. The mountain split into two parts, the cas side and the ciste. If you skied the cas side you wondered where every one was. The cas and car park lifts had empty bars going round. The Ridge poma had no queue most of the time. The M1 varied from a hand full of people to occasionally three spaced out lines.
The Ciste side was a different story. The Ciste and Ptarmigan t-bars had reasonable lines for a weekend, not excessive but the West Wall Poma was collecting the crowds. Fine up to 10:45 then long lines formed, indicative of the superb skiing and pisting of so many new routes. We could see what was happening from high on the east side of the Ciste and changed tack switching to lapping the freshly pisted Laogh Mor down to the shuttle bus which had no wait. Using the shuttle bus, the Fiacaill Ridge Poma, the M1 and Ptarmigan you could utilise the maximum down hill for the least waiting and avoiding the WWP completely.
The snow was surprisingly different to yesterday, it was much lighter and easy to ski. If you could find some areas that had not been pisted, parts of the east Ptarmigan, the meadows, easy fresh tracks could be made.
Another route down the east of the ciste has been pisted, and boy is it steep and fun! Much steeper than Gull No2. It has been named Black Cat Alley by the team. It drops straight down the face of the East Ciste to join at the roadway out to the WWP. The boys said when they were pisting it there were a few eek moments, steeper than 30o.
The Head Wall has avalanched the full horse shoe. I was hoping to ski the Coronation was and a saw a few folks had done it but I kept clear. I will give it some time to settle.
Run of the day was by far the far left when you get off the Ptarmigan into the Meadows keeping high and dropping into Laogh Mor, much higher than the pisted route. A surprising high number of people taking the lower route and back to the bus but only our group taking the Meadows and the high route.
Nice to meet winterhighlander Skicadets, junior and senior today.
Lots of pictures going up on facebook later.
Lovely soft snow, the Ptarmigan Traverse
Surprisingly quiet on the cas side of the mountain. Excellent cover
If you can find areas not pisted it was easy to lay fresh tracks in the soft snow.
This was the Meadows on the way to Laogh Mor. No one over here other than our group. It does take a little knowledge to get the navigation over here. Make sure you ask some one that knows before trying it.
The Ciste, Adam and Ruari brought their pisting A game in here before we all arrived.
The Laogh Mor return has been pisted again and it was being well used, there were two shuttle buses running.
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