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CairnGorm Mountain // Saturday 2nd January 2010
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Daylodge looking suitably festive for the New Year Holiday weekend.

Cornices building in Easterly wind above the lower East Wall. Don't ski to Ciste Carpark on Sunday without checking with patrol for advice - it maybe a no go.

Skier on the Home Road, heading to the DLP for a while.

Funicular track disappearing by the Home Road, which is in great condition.

Daylodge Poma doing it's thing late on Saturday afternoon. Good option for moderate off-piste lines with no queues.

Scottish Ski Club Hut is an island in the endless white of the East Lady, enough snow for lines all the way to the DLP, but some cornices starting to build!

Ski Patrol looking for a Funicular Railway. M1 SideTrack fantastic machine packed powder, out to 4 machines width.

Dusk glow on the horizon from the top of the Daylodge Poma, skiing superbly between the fences, windblown powder on a machine packed base.

Don't think anyone can argue, this is the White Lady.

Snowy Loch Morlich in the distance from the top of the Fiacaill Ridge Poma.

Life in the freezer, the Top of the M1 Poma, mid-mountain up hasn't seen above freezing temperatures for 17days!

Going up the Coire Cas T-bar, Gunbarrel riding like a very wide shallow half pipe.

The lower slopes from the foot of the M1 Poma. Excellent beginner areas with the Sheiling Tow open.

Camper Vans in Glenmore Campsite.

Sheiling Tow area is in perfect nick for learning and less cold than the top of the mountain, though -5°c at 4pm here.

Motorway Maintenance in progress on the Carpark Run!

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An amazing afternoon on the 'Gorm and with winds falling light this evening on the mountain - an epic Sunday awaits that you don't want to miss.

There's enough snow for ski anywhere cover, though the latest build up of snow means avalanche risk will limit some off-piste possibilities. On Saturday there was plenty of steep and deep stuff to be had on the entire sweep of the East Lady though, but there is a large avalanche danger sign plonked on the Summit Path for Coronation Wall.

It's a mix of machine packed powder on groomed trails and skier tracked and windblown powder off the prepared areas. Lots of moderate off-piste powder around the Cas Tow, either side of the Daylodge Poma and between the M1 and Coire Cas.

The Fiacaill Ridge fenced run is pisted and like the Daylodge was skiing beautifully with windblown fresh over a machine packed base. M1 SideTrack was perfectly pisted hero snow, out to 4 machine widths.

On the lower slopes parts of the Carpark Run is effectively pisted out to 12machine widths, the whole area from the T-bar over to Burnside has been groomed, so masses of area for learning and early intermediates.

The Shuttle Buses should open up large tracts of lower level powder stashes in conjunction with the Daylodge Poma on Sunday, but further up in the Ciste and the Laogh Mor Return look out due to unstable snow on the sidewalls of Coire Na Ciste. Don't ignore avalanche signs, ask patrol for the latest.
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