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CairnGorm Mountain // Tuesday 29th December 2009
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Looking up a clearing 'Gorm mid morning. All over cover on the mid and upper, plus much of the lower mountain.

Heading West on the Fiacaill Traverse, Fiacaill has great pisted packed powder between the fences with lots of skier packed off-piste.

Looking down the top of the Traverse, the loaded East Lady beyond the M1 and Funicular.

West Wall Poma in action on Tuesday afternoon.

Meall a' Bhuachaille rises above the mist filled Glenmore as viewed from the Fiacaill Traverse.

Top Station. Fantastic snow conditions for novices up top, 'hero snow' (when the weather plays ball).

Last run, skier disembarks the M1 Poma as dusk descends on CairnGorm Mountain.

Anyone for moon light tree skiing 'Gorm style?

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On Tuesday the West Wall Poma made it's season debut, but the Ciste Gully, East and West Walls are currently closed. The big news on Tuesday morning was the M1 Poma opening after an all nighter by the fitters.

Mist in the Strath gave way to somewhat clearer conditions on the lower mountain and for much of the day the mid and lower mountains had good visibility and some bright spells, but the Top Basin generally remained misty for much of the day.

It was noticeably colder on the mountain today and with the wind expected to be stronger over the next couple of days, wrap up completely!

There is a complete general cover of snow on the upper and mid-mountain, plus most of the lower mountain offering extensive off-piste options between the main trails, ranging from moderate off-piste skier tracked / packed powder around the Top Basin and Coire Cas, to steeps of the East Lady and Coronation Wall. All routes to both the Cas and Ciste Carparks are in good shape.

With a forecast for stronger winds drifting is expected which will start to strip snow from windward aspects and load them up onto lee slopes, the East Wall and East Lady being West aspects should gain fresh windblown powder, but beyond the officially open pistes this is also a process which will start to build up the potential avalanche risk.

Photos by Winterhighland. Please send your photos to pix2010@winterhighland.info .
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