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CairnGorm Mountain // Wednesday 19th March 2008
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Ciste Bowl is loaded, the big storms from the South and South West earlier in the season put down a solid base that has allowed the Ciste Bowl to accumulate it's best cover for several years.

Ptarmigan Bowl in great shape with excellent areas for learning, with the Trainer Tow also available.

Looking to the Zig Zags from the Fiacaill Run, provides a good longer blue run out via the Fiacaill Traverse and back via the Zig Zags.

Loaded fence lines on the Ciste Fairway.

View up Coire Na Ciste and the now patched up West Wall Poma Track.

Piste Bashers bashing the drifts out on the M2.

Heading down the Traverse towards the Cas.

Looking down the Cas Gunbarrel towards Loch Morlich. Top two Zig Zags and Chicken Gully provide alternative routes.

Ptarmigan Traverse has excellent wide cover of machine packed fresh snow.

Coire Cas is offering good sport for early intermediates upwards, with the Gunbarrel avoidable for those looking for a green run all the way down.

Putting in some turns on the upper section of the White Lady. Good on the top half, but patchy lower down making returning to the M1 Poma a case of picking a line.

Mid section of the White Lady has been improving, but need more snow to stick lower down on the links to the lifts.

Some of the Park features appear from the mist!

Looking up to the Aonach Bowl, with Piste Basher working on OverYonder.

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The Top Basin Runs are all in superb condition, the Ciste Bowl continues to provide the best run and is has filled better than in recent times thanks to a solid base being put down by the storms that brought snow from the South and South West earlier in the season.

The Ptarmigan Bowl and Trainer Tow area provide excellent beginner areas when the weather is playing ball, it's looking a bit rough Thursday and Friday but improving again after that.

Middle runs are continuing to improve and fill in more and while the Traverse, Coire Cas and Fiacaill (via Fiacaill Traverse) remain the best options, all Cas side middle runs are skiable, with the Lady and M1 providing more challenging options. M1 best via Horizon Road out to the Gunbarrel.

The M2 has slowly been filling and on Wed the Piste Bashers were out moving the drifts around to get a complete route down the M2 to allow OverYonder to be brought into use for returning to the WW Poma. Weather permitting the WWP can now run and this will also make the West Wall Chair Run (between chair and Poma) available conditions permitting.

Not as extensive cover or terrain as out West, but the Top of the mountain is in similar condition and the open runs are offering good sport. Thanks to H11lly for the photos.
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