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Glenshee // Sunday 17th January 2010
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Piste Basher created a new carpark!

False dawn, piste basher prepares the Meall Odhar Tow track after fitters get the cable back up.

Cloud closed in after lunch, few flurries, but mainly misty.

Looking up the Meall Odhar Poma, great snow here, but the worst queue.

Oops! Wind derailed the upline of every tower on Saturday, fitters were working all day to put it back together.

Looking up Sunnyside early afternoon. Poma queue looked bigger but was pretty quick moving at this time.

A full carpark beyond Butchart's T-bar, always good for a few visits/laps on a busy day.

Sunday morning lives up to it's name. The Cairnwell GS RaceTrack had beautiful machine groomed snow for laying out some big turns.

Dawn breaks over Glenshee as a snake winds it way into the car park from the South.

Looking up the Cairnwell T-bar and GS RaceTrack early Sunday morning. The early bird and all that...

Claybokie Poma area in great nick for snowplough turners. Above the Thunder Bowl is loading up now, some nice stashes for advanced riders.

Looking down on the Cairnwell Cafe from skiers left of the Claybokie.

New ski patrol member keeps a watch on the Cairnwell T-bar.

Early morning warm up run exploring the Bunny Run Area, nice pisted snow (though bottom of Butchart's was firm first thing).

Looking up the traverse from the top of Carn Aosda.

Butchart's Access Poma and run on Sunday morning. Firm grippy base with a nice loose layer, excellent riding.

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Dawn broke over Glenshee to reveal a perfect bluebird start to Sunday and those on the lifts early notched up a considerable mileage before there was a queue to speak of.

Some bits of Butchart's Coire were slightly slick early on, but the Access Poma had nice grippy snow with loose stuff on top, joy to layout some turns on with nicely serviced edges. Best snow early doors was on the Cairnwell Giant Slalom and for a longer less speedy descent the Bunny Run. To the other side of the T-bar, Thunder Bowl was offering up some nice stashes.

The good news for Tiger fans, the Tiger is now complete after some further overnight drifting and though there's a couple of narrow sections most of it has good width and work was started on Sunday of digging out the Cairnwell Chairlift.

Sunnyside and Meall Odhar has great cover on the runs and lots of other possible lines on Meall Odhar. Unfortunately the Meall Odhar T-bar spat it's dummy about the poma buttons, well OK the wind blow the haul rope off and it was on the deck this morning for the entire length of the lift. This was the one downer of the day as the MO Poma queue was hideous and there was fantastic snow around both tows.

Coire Fionn has been on the wrong aspect for the big storms of the past week, so is firmer snow with scouring outwith the fences. However Glas Maol has been in the lee of the wind has loaded up pretty well.

Fantastic morning gave way to increasing cloud as the afternoon wore on. The mist was making the snow surface wet in places, so firmer machine groomed snow likely on the pisted stuff for Monday. With the cloud the masses departed Meall Odhar for the lower lifts, leaving much shorter queues.

Uplift for Monday will be subject to demand but a combo of lifts to access virtually the whole area out to and including Glas Maol will run weather permitting.
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