Two weeks have passed since the end of the ski season at Cairngorm.The weather to-day was spectacular so up we went to see what snow there was to ski on. I saw from the house much of the snow had melted but it was a bit of a surprised when close up how little is left, much less than normal at this time of year.
Looking up from the car park the snow started at the gun barrel but did not appear to go past the 105 link so we decided to head up the windy ridge path. At the top station we could see the remains of the park but not much else, the ptarmigan traverse, which Shona skied last weekend had gone. The decision was made to head over to Ciste Mheread.
Ciste M looks more like June / July snow amounts. You can not ski from the torr we walked from just the top left of the ptarmigan tow area at a 45o angle and hit the upper of the patch there. The snow was soft, not granular and melting rapidly. We managed to get down to just above the water fall but the burn is breaking through so I don't think we will do that again.
After Ciste M we headed back to the ptarmigan area and played around the snow left from the park, a bit soft and sticky but nice in the warm sunshine.
After lunch we took the train back down. From the train we saw another Summer skiing regular skiing the lower cas and gunbarrel. We met up in the car park and asked how it was, meh was the reply. Soft and sticky.
There is probably not much time left for summer skiing as the funicular is being closed most of June for a significant overhaul and looking at the snow I don't think much will be left for July. I am sure we will give it a go though!
A few pictures on facebook later.
Walking up the windy ridge path looking over to the cas.
Just over half way down Ciste M.
Heading back up, you can see in the upper left of the picture the top part of the patch.
Not much snow left in the ptarmigan area.
Not quite a jump, more a mound in the park.
Edited 1 times. Last edit at 16.43hrs Mon 14 May 18 by WindyMiller.
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