The forecast was for hill fog today, arrived to cold temps and clear skys and it stayed like this up till 15:00. I love the forecasts in this country!
Snow had fallen over night covering more of the mountain. The M1 opened, both the poma and the piste. The M1 poma to me is a much better way of getting from mid to top station than the train.
The M1 is not one of my favourite runs but since they opened it I gave it a go a few times. The top is wide but firm under foot, the middle is narrow and the bottom is very thin with rocks and grass. After a couple of runs I had had enough as there was much better skiing on the hill.
The cas is filling in nicely. I now prefer to use the actual run instead of the tow path. Getting wider and soft snow.
The zigzags are suffering with the increasing traffic, especially at the corners, they are stony and gritty. I was using the cas cross over to the gunbarrel to get back on the the M1 poma.
The highlight of the day was the ciste and the ciste bowl. Using the M2 and crossing over to the fairway is the approved way down but the bowl has filled nicely allowing a bit of off piste and fresh tracks. This was my preferred route.
The boys have been working hard on the ptarmigan tow path much of the day pushing a lot of snow about trying to make it complete. Not sure how it was at the end of day, it was a mammoth task. The ptarmigan traverse is looking good and well pisted.
By 15:00 the weather was changing, cloud appearing with snow showers. The snow pack also changed significantly. Much of the soft powdery snow was firming up to a hard surface. I think tomorrow I will leave my touring kit at home and use my down hills, stiffer with better edges for hard pack. We need this hard pack though to build the base.
It is an easy ski back to the day lodge, either burnside or the home road.
Snow making is continuing to run full blast though the sun kids canon was off some of the time but I thing this was to give better visibility skiing back to the day lodge.
If you are planning to ski this week end of the first time, take into account the snow is still thin and changing rapidly and the runs that are open are still one machine width in many places.
I will put a few extra pictures on face book later, mainly of the people we were skiing with.
The ciste is a nice ski down using a wide M2 then on to the fairway.
The best ski of the day was the off piste in the ciste bowl.
M1 poma running giving better mid mountain up lift to the top. Note that the snow is still very thin here.
M1 now open, a bit firm underfoot and thin at the bottom.
It has arrived! A day late due to snowy roads in Englandshire!!
Edited 2 times. Last edit at 17.22hrs Thu 14 Dec 17 by WindyMiller.
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