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Blizzards forecast for Thursday, looks pretty wild Friday morning but the wind should ease up for the afternoon. Saturday is looking to be the day to aim for at the weekend with light winds and sunny spells and a few snow showers, as it presently looks like gales for Sunday.


^Moody sky from outside the Top Station before a blast down a freshly groomed Traverse mid-afternoon.


^Top Basin in fantastic condition. 1250ft vertical possible off the lifts, but short walk required from Gunbarrel into M1 queuing area to regain the M1 Poma. Chicken Gully is the best route.


^Loch Morlich viewed from the M2 on the way down after a wee tour to the Ciste Mhearaidh after the lifts closed. M2 complete to top of the Daylodge Poma, can reach the DLP corner, but easiest to walk over to the Windy Ridge path and head down on the path.

Full Report: http://www.winterhighland.info/pix/pixalbum.php?pix_id=796
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I'm going to aim for Saturday. Anyone about?
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Alans deep bath, yep.
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Alans deep bath, Hoping the weather is ok on sunday as that's the only day i'm off
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some serious rain/snow hitting the ground!
http://www.raintoday.co.uk/
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Seems beyond my technical capabilities to post this mornings and this evenings webcam shots. Suffice to say this morning the below midstation shot was mostly brown, the last shot before dusk this evening was all white. Skiing back to base tomorrow again?

http://www.winterhighland.info/testcam/mid.jpeg
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If you can't make today, get yourself sorted for Saturday!



Sunday's looking wild so make it up on Saturday, then if Sunday turns out not so wild afterall, you can have a sneaky second day too! snowHead
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From MWIS:

In the longer term, there is evidence that the unseasonal cold will continue for much of the month, with overall snow-melt
in Scotland being very slow, and further fresh snowfalls likely.
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Alans deep bath, stop rubbing it in that i'm not off until sunday Sad
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Alans deep bath, Your ankle all fixed ? Hope it's a good one. Gutted I'm not going to make it to Scotland this year.
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AndAnotherThing.., unfortunately pinched it playing golf this morning so going to need to sit it out Sad
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Pix from Friday: http://www.winterhighland.info/pix/pixalbum.php?pix_id=797


^Snowing at the mid-station.

Now snowed for over 24 hours with over a foot of fresh on CairnGorm Mountain. Can ski back to mid-station and the M1 Poma via various routes once again. Zig Zags fully passable providing a route for less experienced riders, though cutting into Gunbarrel after 2nd leg of ZZs best route today.

With care it was possible to ride back to the Daylodge via the Carpark / Burnside Runs. Yes you heard that right, CairnGorm goes top to bottom on 11th May!

Come get some.... the mountains looking so good even the Sun is expected to come out to play! snowHead
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There will be a mild thaw next week, but there is a reasonable chance that the top third of Cairngorm will be open until early June once again.
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Looks ace up top today... Someone put some turns in for me please!
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I'm at a conference in Glasgow next week (Sun-Fri). Are any of the ski centres open during the week in case I can sneak away for a day?
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halfhand, The only place that could open is Cairngorm, I think they will stay open as long as enough people go up and weather conditions allow. If thinking of going up it will be best to check their website for up to date information http://www.cairngormmountain.org or their Facebook page, also watch the forecast for winds as that can affect what lifts open.
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Mags2009, Cheers. I won't know if I've got the time until say the day before but I'll take my gear with me just in case.
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Amazing stuff, I'm sure Alan (Winterhighland) will set me right but I can't remember it like this at this time of year ever!
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Wow! I think nbt and myself picked the wrong weekend, although we did enjoy ourselves last week.

Have fun everyone who can make it.
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New camera syndrome Toofy Grin

So some inevitable panoramas from today ...

Ptarmigan restaurant

http://www.dermandar.com/p/aaDWRN/12th-may-2012-cairngorm-mountain-skiers

View towards Ptarmigan & M1

http://www.dermandar.com/p/bOJmLC/view-toward-the-ski-lifts-on-12th-may-at-cairngorm

Summit & weather station

http://www.dermandar.com/p/dNvGdM/12th-may-2012-on-cairngorm-mountain-summit

Day lodge button lift & ski run near car park

http://www.dermandar.com/p/eExAGP/cairngorm-mountain-12th-may-2012-day-lodge-but

View of Cairngorms over Loch Morlich

http://www.dermandar.com/p/eylJgG/12th-may-2012-the-cairngorms-from-loch-morlich-n
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Some photos from CairnGorm Mountain's aMAYzing Saturday!


^Busy outside the Top Station on Saturday morning!


^Tracked up East Lady late morning. Some leg work in Coire na Ciste got fresh turns later in the day in the Aonach Bowl and on the East Wall.


^Looking up the 'Gorm from outside the Base Station, White Lady, M1 and Coronation Wall visible.


^Coire Cas T-bar doing it's thing on Saturday afternoon. Fiacaill and boulderfield were good all afternoon.

Full Report & Pix: http://www.winterhighland.info/pix/pixalbum.php?pix_id=798

More in the Public Reports: http://www.winterhighland.info/publicreports/index.php?22,2012-05-12
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A few more photos ... http://www.winterhighland.info/publicreports/index.php?50,3034

This view of Cairngorm yesterday shows pretty much 100% coverage in the ski area ...

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I'll just dump what I put in the other thread in the main forum here as I need my tea, its gone 8.30!

Well don't be to despondent about the Sunday thaw, there's been another 2-3 inches of fresh and plenty of drifting in the past 24 hours with the winds set to moderate overnight and good sunny spells on a largely fine Wednesday for those who can get out to grab some fresh tracks on the 16th of May! First train up scheduled for 10.20am, ticket office, Cas Bar and Ski Hire open at 10am.


^Tasty M1 RaceTrack. Best route via Horizon Road and down Chicken Gully, closest to mid-station.


^Looking up the Ciste Tow between showers on Tuesday. Total cover in the Top Basin and that's a 5ft snow fence up the left side of the tow.


^Upper Cas also loading up with the windblown fresh on Tuesday. Boulderfield and Fiacaill should be sweet too.

Near blanket cover above 3000ft, good till 2700/2800ft, then it thins out quite quickly meaning a short walk is required to regain the Funicular, but you can get level with the M1 queuing area via a combination of Chicken Gully and Zig Zags. A short hoof is a wee price to pay for fresh tracks mid-May and of course no such issues up in the Top Basin or on the upper Cas if the Cas runs. Ciste and Funicular run today and will on Wed, another tow or two if sufficient demand can run from the Ptarmigan, Polar Express, M1 Poma and Coire Cas.

Moderate off-piste on the Ptarmigan Ridge and upper East Lady, also in the Cas Boulderfield. Speak to patrol if thinking about steeper stuff. Coronation Wall and Headwall still looked pretty sketchy stability wise, wind blown accumulations sitting on a thaw/freeze layer.

More Pix: http://www.winterhighland.info/pix/pixalbum.php?pix_id=799

Yet More: http://www.winterhighland.info/publicreports/index.php?50,3038
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The party continues on CairnGorm Mountain, Thursday 17th set to be the third consecutive Mid May powder day!


^Fresh tracks below the Traverse on Wednesday afternoon.

A further 3inches or so fresh has fallen this evening with snow currently falling on CairnGorm to around Sugar Bowl level, well below the Daylodge.

Full Report: http://www.winterhighland.info/pix/pixalbum.php?pix_id=800
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Winterhighland, Btw where is this sugar bow you refer to???
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^ basically the wee carpark on the first hairpin bout half way up the hill road

snowing down to A9 level this morning snowHead
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Given the temperature (5C) and constant rain in Cupar, it must be dumping down up there! I could just get to ski on my birthday without going to a glacier or the southern hemisphere!
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Megathaw due next week.

Cairngorm looking unlikely, now, to last into June.
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shame, will be a good year for snow patches though
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will be a good year for snow patches though


I'll go out on a limb here and completely disagree with you. I've only been out in Scotland once this year, and it was great, but I'm firmly of the belief that the snow there just now is superficial and will no way last through the summer.


Hope I'm wrong though
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Think I need higher factor suncream for tomorrow's planned day on the 'Gorm:

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Aviemore was as hot as Madrid this week.
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Make the most of this weekend Very Happy
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Saturday the last day of the Scotch ski season.

It lasted Dec to Feb and Apr to May.

Probably 100+ skidays for Cairngorm and 50+ for the rest.
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Some photos from Friday, Saturday is now planned to be closing day on CairnGorm Mountain, check the latest in the morning, but if it's on remember to bring your shades, suncream, sense of humour and waterwings or inner tube or similar flotation device!! Laughing


^Ciste Tow the last lift standing after the burn ate the Ptarmigan Tow track for breakfast!


^Impromptu bog skimming on the side of the Ciste Fairway.


^Hitting one of 2 boxes and 2 rails in the mini park on the Ciste Fairway. Also a few mini kickers dotted around.


^Ptarmigan Bowl!! Toofy Grin Skullie

That's almost all folks, hopefully one last day tomorrow (Saturday). More Pix as ever:
http://www.winterhighland.info/pix/pixalbum.php?pix_id=804
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Whitegold wrote:
Aviemore was as hot as Madrid this week.


Add in the Force 9 hairdrier on Monday night into Tuesday morning, then big thunderstorm and associated downpours in the wee small hours of Thursday and at least 1 meter of level snow has been shifted from the Top Basin since Monday. Crying or Very sad

Which is why for all the frustration, the repeated freeze/thaw cycling of winter is what makes Spring on the Scottish Mountains!
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Winterhighland, I love your posts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Toofy Grin Toofy Grin Toofy Grin Toofy Grin
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A few pix from the final day of the 2012 lift served season on CairnGorm Mountain on Saturday 26th May. Closing day on the 'Gorm turned out to be the equal hottest May day on record in Scotland when Cromdale, a few miles North of CairnGorm in Strathspey matched the record May maximum of 29.0c.


^Looking up top of Coronation Wall from the Traverse/M1 Split.


^Ciste Fairway with 3 boxes, 3 rails set out.


^That's almost all folks... the Ciste Tow makes it to closing time (just about)!!

More http://www.winterhighland.info/pix/pixalbum.php?pix_id=805

A few more at http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.319395048134752.72915.190945080979750&type=1

So that appears to be that for lift served sliding for the 2012 season, for tourers there are still extensive snow fields on the Cairngorm Plateau. If you need to scratch the itch before next season, we'll be having the now traditional post Solstice Winterhighland mid-summer slide in the Ciste Mhearaidh on CairnGorm Mountain on Saturday 23rd June or alternatively at Glencoe on Sunday 24th June, better still why not do both! Keep an eye on Winterhighland for more details as we get into June.
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