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WindyMiller


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Re: CairnGorm Mountain Snow 2018
Date Posted: 16.20hrs on Sun 3 Dec 17
The thaw continued after we left the mountain yesterday, then some time during the night the temperature dropped below freezing producing a very hard surface this morning with pleanty of death cookies for everyone to share.

Its was tough going for the first couple of runs before the freezing level slowly climbed up the mountain giving a soft ski from the middle of the cas down. Above the traverse the surface remained hard.

The run around burnside is now broken though some people were trying it, we decided no and made use of the mid station stops, as did the majority.

The gun barrel is now open with packed down man made snow. There is quite a depth in here but as you would expect it is quite hard now the snow has frozen.

The zigzags are getting a bit brown but still very usable, the traverse is good.

Still a no go for the upper bowls but the polar express was running for beginner classes.

The forecast is not good for the next few days, rain, so I donít think I will be heading up till the end of the week unless something major happens. I hope we keep the snow we have on the runs as it is forming a good base but who knows what will happen.

If you have not been up for your first slide and are local, go up for a couple of runs though donít expect alpine conditions.

Santa may be coming soon to CML, a few new toys for the boys have been ordered that will help with maintenance and the runs but as they say donít hold your breath till they are actually in the car park and unwrapped!

Graeme

The traverse still has good coverage.


The cas tow path is still the best way down. Yesteday we were using skiers left of the fence but today is was brick hard and best to use the path.


The snow on the zigzags softened up and is getting a bit brown in places but still quite skiable.


The lower gunbarrel has been stuffed with man made snow and machine packed down.


We went over to the top bowls to have a look. This is why they are not open.





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tupp


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Re: CairnGorm Mountain Snow 2018
Date Posted: 17.22hrs on Sun 3 Dec 17
Maybe Santa should bring a webcam first?


some frustrated skier


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Re: CairnGorm Mountain Snow 2018
Date Posted: 19.17hrs on Sun 3 Dec 17
Is it the freezer that is coming with some more guns?

pinhead27


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Re: CairnGorm Mountain Snow 2018
Date Posted: 19.30hrs on Sun 3 Dec 17
tupp Wrote:
Maybe Santa should bring a webcam first?


smiling smiley

WindyMiller


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Re: CairnGorm Mountain Snow 2018
Date Posted: 20.13hrs on Sun 3 Dec 17
The freezer is coming this week and is on trial for two months before moving on to another ski centre. It is a smaller version of the one(s) they are looking to purchase if the trial is a success. One of the T40 snow guns has been moved to the lower slopes to run off the same generator the snow factory is going to use. This will see if man made snow can be utilised on the lower slopes.

There is another surprise to come along very soon but I donít want to jinx it as it was meant to be there last season and was put on hold. I will be happy once it is unloaded in the car park and is officially theirs! I have seen a picture and apparently it has limited edition go faster stripes winking smiley I will post in the cairngorm non condition thread when/if it finally arrives, unless some one beats me to it. I will try to keep this thread conditions only smiling smiley

Graeme

Gorminator


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Re: CairnGorm Mountain Snow 2018
Date Posted: 20.38hrs on Sun 3 Dec 17
Windy are you guzzling at a bottle of cheap Wine to cover your fumbling attempts at trying to be an Ambassador for Ooops, Natural Retreats and others ?

You can rest assured that not a penny of money will come from NR or their latest reincarnation !



carsey


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Re: CairnGorm Mountain Snow 2018
Date Posted: 20.51hrs on Sun 3 Dec 17
Maybe they going to add some racing stripes to the train? lol

Gorminator


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Re: CairnGorm Mountain Snow 2018
Date Posted: 21.40hrs on Sun 3 Dec 17
carsey Wrote:
Maybe they going to add some racing stripes to the train? lol


That was one of the plans thought up with the enlarged/revamped Ptarmigan and kept secret until a Freedom of Information Request uncovered this rubbish and more !!



some frustrated skier


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Re: CairnGorm Mountain Snow 2018
Date Posted: 22.11hrs on Sun 3 Dec 17
WindyMiller Wrote:
The freezer is coming this week and is on trial for two months before moving on to another ski centre. It is a smaller version of the one(s) they are looking to purchase if the trial is a success. One of the T40 snow guns has been moved to the lower slopes to run off the same generator the snow factory is going to use. This will see if man made snow can be utilised on the lower slopes.

There is another surprise to come along very soon but I donít want to jinx it as it was meant to be there last season and was put on hold. I will be happy once it is unloaded in the car park and is officially theirs! I have seen a picture and apparently it has limited edition go faster stripes I will post in the cairngorm non condition thread when/if it finally arrives, unless some one beats me to it. I will try to keep this thread conditions only

Graeme


A plasma cutter to replace the worn out gas torch?

Has to be a new basher!

Plenty toys to make and move snow, shame there's nothing to get you to the top of any of the runs any quicker.



Edited 1 times. Last edit at 22.12hrs Sun 3 Dec 17 by some frustrated skier.

PeterS


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Re: CairnGorm Mountain Snow 2018
Date Posted: 13.09hrs on Mon 4 Dec 17
A piste basher trailer to pull skiers up to the top of the hill.....with go faster stripes ?

Fazbadge


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Re: CairnGorm Mountain Snow 2018
Date Posted: 19.28hrs on Mon 4 Dec 17
If it's not a detachable quad to run right up the ciste then meh

jabuzzard


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Re: CairnGorm Mountain Snow 2018
Date Posted: 19.54hrs on Mon 4 Dec 17
Fazbadge Wrote:
If it's not a detachable quad to run right up the ciste then meh


So a fixed grip quad would also be meh then? I have said it many times before but the additional higher capital cost, higher maintenance costs and higher running costs of detachable chairlifts make them largely uneconomic in Scotland.

ML


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Re: CairnGorm Mountain Snow 2018
Date Posted: 19.57hrs on Mon 4 Dec 17
A fixed four/three/double with loading belt can go 2.5m/s+ very comfortably. Is more then enough for the length of the line. Plenty available second hand.

01cookjk


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Re: CairnGorm Mountain Snow 2018
Date Posted: 20.24hrs on Mon 4 Dec 17


So a fixed grip quad would also be meh then? I have said it many times before but the additional higher capital cost, higher maintenance costs and higher running costs of detachable chairlifts make them largely uneconomic in Scotland.


I have always thought that a Hybrid needs to be devised for the Scottish climate - a standard double, tripple or quad chairlift with standard drive and return terminals, but with detachable grips, a parking rail and some way of easily getting the chairs on and off. This is so that during a storm or the summer the chairs can be stowed away, perhaps even under cover.



somnambulant_sasquatch


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Re: CairnGorm Mountain Snow 2018
Date Posted: 20.36hrs on Mon 4 Dec 17
01cookjk Wrote:
a standard double, tripple or quad chairlift with standard drive and return terminals, but with detachable grips, a parking rail and some way of easily getting the chairs on and off. This is so that during a storm or the summer the chairs can be stowed away, perhaps even under cover.
sounds very, very familiar. one for the historians i think.

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