My first day back on the slopes after my trip away and what a day to come back to!
The wind was light, moderate in the afternoon and the sun was out the majority of the time with a little cloud towards the end of the day.
The snow was firm corduroy to start with, not overly icy, controllable. This quickly softened through out the day and if you used the knowledge of the mountain you could hit the areas that softened just right before they went mushy. The Ciste side of the mountain is still delivering. There is quite a bit of snow loss over the mountain though the majority of runs are still wide and deep. The areas suffering are Burn Side, the Day Lodge, Ryvoan and the West Wall. These runs are now closed. The Ciste gully has lost snow width but still a great ski as are the new East Ciste runs.
Gully 1 and its iterations and Black Car Alley are by far the best runs on the mountain. Wide deep and a thrill.
The ptarmigan bowl is getting wet by late afternoon though you can still find good ways back to the t-bar with out any issue. The majority of the upper bowls are wide and easy skiing.
The Coronation Wall softened around lunch time and was very pleasant though about a 2m walk over rock to drop in. Later in the afternoon it did get a bit soft and sticky.
The Lady is in good shape though there is some slumping going on around the lower area near the Shieling.
You can still easily ski to the car park using the car park run. They have pushed snow from burn side to there to keep a rout open. The Fiacaill Ridge poma is still running and the tow path is in good condition.
So few people out on the slopes, no queues at all, anywhere. Not even in the Ptarmigan restaurant, well not much.
The park was in use, picture is in the park thread.
More pictures going up on facebook later.
Upper Bowls still full and wide.
Cas is full and wide. Firm in the morning heavy in the afternoon.
The Aonach Bowl, very nice to ski.
Entrance to the East side of the ciste is well pisted.
Towards the bottom of Black Cat Alley looking into the ciste gully, smooth and steep.
Edited 1 times. Last edit at 18.05hrs Sat 14 Apr 18 by WindyMiller.
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Entrance to east Ciste.JPG (224kB)
Black Cat Alley.JPG (244kB)