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CairnGorm Mountain // Sunday 3rd January 2010
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Funicular heads up over the Home Road, lower East Lady beyond.

Someone has a sense of humor?

Heading through the shallow bowl with the bushy trees to skiers left of the DLP far out on the lower East Lady.

Coire Cas from from the lower East Lady accessed from the Daylodge Poma.

Piste Basher doing it's stuff on the M2 by the Aonach Poma. Fantastic long blue cruisey run for more confident intermediates up.

Another longer winding blue run in great shape is the Fiacaill Traverse and Fiacaill Run, machine packed powder corduroy.

Looking down Coire Cas from the top of the T-bar. Great spot to practice on moderate off-piste in the Cas Boulder field.

Getting ready for my first personal slide of 2010 at the foot of the Carpark Tow.

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Great riding for all ability levels from first timers to expert, whether your looking for smooth groomed nursery slopes or steeper and deeper off-piste. Extensive machine packed powder corduroy on the prepared areas, with the machines working all day meaning fresh groomers kept popping up all over the mountain.

Up in the Top Basin there is a total cover with some of the fence lines out of sight, when the weather plays ball it's great for beginners and snowplough tuners. However there is ample nursery areas on the lower slopes that are less cold and the Sheiling Tow is great for those getting to grips with uplift.

Not many photos from above the middle due to light being much flatter. Not many queues except for the M1 at times, but even it was ski onto at times later, the extent of snow cover means people are spreading out and exploring, thus taking longer to return to the lifts. Holidays are winding down apart from local schools so some quieter epic mid-week days on the cards.

From the top down the Traverse is up to Motorway standard and provides a long green cruise from top to bottom for early intermediates. More experienced intermediates happy with blues with some steeper pitches will love the M2 as it winds down the Windy Ridge, the Fiacaill Traverse is also fantastic.

For more advanced riders the M1 and SideTrack are pisted and just great to lay out some on piste carves on. The White Lady is unpisted an offering more challenging sport for better skiers and boarders, while the entire sweep of the East Lady is offering steeper off-piste including parts very rarely skiable. Some of the nicest snow Sunday was in the shallow bowl, which provides a bit of shelter as witnessed by the scattering of pine trees skiers left of the Daylodge Poma, know to be known as the 'Daylodge Glades'?

The Lower slopes are pisted across a wide expanse with a nice little run down between the Carpark Tow and Burnside. All lower tows are open so lots of options for getting up from the Daylodge level.

Possible to ski to the Ciste Carpark via the Aonach Ridge, but the Laogh Mor Return is off limits just now due to Avalanche Risk esp on the East Wall, which has also kept the Ciste Gully closed. High Avalanche risk on most aspects, check the latest before going off-piste.

Aonach Bowl has wide expanse of unpisted snow if the West Wall Poma is open and OverYonder is in good shape. Get up there!!
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