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CairnGorm Mountain // Thursday 14th January 2010
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The hill fog starts to disperse on the mountains, viewed from Loch Morlich. Epic tree skiing?

The storm breaks for now, is that a little igloo for when the storm returns?

Finally the shroud of mist parts to reveal CairnGorm Mountain for the first time since Sunday.

Digital zoom of Coire Cas. Simply phenomenal redistribution of snow during the storm.

No kidding, as the light faded skis or snow shoes were the requirement to reach the top of the road.

A black road winds it way to the snow face, where earth moving plant, ploughs and piste bashers attempt to reconnect the Daylodge to the outside world.

Fantastic cover on the backslope just along the track from the Hayfield behind the CML garage. People sledging full length!

Ooooo, CairnGorm Mountain's Coire Na Ciste teases as the dusk fades into the evening calm before the storm returns.

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Light winds and regular dumps of powder had seen CairnGorm Mountain accumulate not far of 2m of fresh snow which rather unusually fell largely straight down during this epic cold spell.

South Easterly Gales on Monday ratcheted higher still on Tuesday and Wednesday. Winds from Southerly quadrant redistribute large amounts of snow from the Plateau into all the Northern Corries of CairnGorm, the effect of 72hours of gales with so much loose snow is has to be seen to be appreciated!

The Ski Road was left under upto 15ft of snow, the Funicular is well buried in at least 10 places with the tunnel out of site. Some of the Towers of the M1 Poma are not much more than poking out of the snow.

The Ciste Gully loves SE winds and it's filled in to as far down as you can see from Glenmore, well below the boardwalks.

This evening the digging out of the road continued to push towards the Cas Carpark. CairnGorm Mountain and all facilities will remain closed on Friday as digging out continues. The high winds are forecast to return overnight and persist through Saturday, which could prevent progress on the astronomical amount of storm recovery work needed.
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