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CairnGorm Mountain // Tuesday 22nd December 2009
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Coire Cas from Loch Morlich, part bathed in sun through Inversion Layer mist.

Looking out over Loch Morlich on Tuesday afternoon.

All Top Basin Runs in fantastic shape, hopefully the Ptarmigan Tow will cooperate tomorrow.

Inversion mist rolls up the Ciste Fairway during the afternoon. Fairway absolutely loaded.

Dusk glow illuminates the far reaches of the sea of mist beyond the Ptarmigan Restaurant.

M1 Poma doing it's thing, great riding for experts on the M1 and White Lady.

On route to the White Lady, good sport with skier tracked & skier packed powder.

The M1 RaceTrack is full width for the full length now, odd slick patch developing later in the day due to hard base.

Upper Traverse/M1 from the split. Machine packed powder.

Looking over the Northern Corries from the Traverse. Wide and deep at the top.

Laying down some turns on the M1 RaceTrack.

Cas Tow & Gunbarrel from the M1 queuing area.

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Another largely bluebird day on CairnGorm Mountain, in contrast to the Strath where layers of mist and fog formed under the inversion that is forming in the still air - giving spectacular vistas from the mountain.

The occasional bit of mist rolled up the hill, but by and large visibility was excellent under mostly blue skies. Generally great snow conditions with the recent accumulations giving a mix of machine and skier packed powder on the main trails, skier tracked powder in the less frequented corners of the snowsports area.

The new snow is overlying a hard packed base, so a few slick patches continue to appear later in the day mainly on more heavily trafficked areas, something to keep you on your toes! Generally such patches are grippy firm snow rather than icy.

The Top Basin is in fantastic shape with excellent cover of machine packed powder and tracked up fresh snow off the runs, esp the upper East Wall that sweeps above the Ptarmigan Tow.

One thing to note is that there is no direct access to the Cas Tow from the Gunbarrel, if you go down to the Gunbarrel you get filtered into the M1 queuing area due to the burn not being covered below this, cross the poma and drop down the bank to the mid-station for the Funicular. For the Cas Tow use the Zig Zags or the Fiacaill runs (access via the Fiacaill Traverse).

Fiacaill runs are pisted and were seeing a lot of traffic on Tuesday, really nice long cruisey blue for more confident intermediates. All Cas side mid-mountain runs complete, Lady and M1 good sport for more advanced riders, M1 SideTrack is rather thin though.

Staff were working on the West Wall Poma in the afternoon and the M2 and Overyonder have been pisted and all being well it will hopefully open during Wednesday.

Ridable to the Daylodge via the Carpark Run / Burnside, but cover is thin and baseless, typical early season stuff below mid-station so go slow and carefully.
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