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CairnGorm Mountain // Wednesday 3rd February 2010
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Fresh tracks in Coire an t-Sneachda.

Escaping from Coire Cas from above the Fiacaill Traverse.

Looking up Coire Cas from the foot of the Sheiling Tow, Gunbarrel centre.

High on the East Wall looking down the ridge, Ciste to the left, Laogh Mor right.

Making some lines on the East Wall, wide expanse of snow - not just the gullies.

Looking over the West Wall Poma and Ciste Fairway.

Skier tracked fresh high on the East Lady.

About to traverse out on the East Wall from top of the Ptarmigan Tow.

The obligatory top of the Ptarmigan Tow shot.

Piste Basher working on the mini-rider cross by the Fiacaill Traverse.

Ride anywhere cover on the mid and upper mountain, looking down Coire Cas.

Promising blue sky start to Wednesday at the Daylodge.

Sheiling Tow and lower slopes from the M1 loading area/ Great nursery areas by the Daylodge.

M1 SideTrack was the place for laying out some carves on the corduroy.

Looking down the M1 Poma.

Funicular goes over where the underpass to the M1 Poma should be!

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Wednesday dawned clear, cold and crisp on CairnGorm Mountain, -8°c at the Summit and in Glenmore, around -6°c on the lower slopes. All with 4-6inches of fresh light powdery snow laid down overnight in next to no wind giving truly fantastic riding all over the mountain.

Simply beautiful and flattering packed powder corduroy on the pisted terrain, the M1 SideTrack was particularly nice for more experienced riders wanting to lay out some carves on the groomers.

For less experienced riders both the Top Basin and the lower slopes are in perfect condition, so there is superb riding for first timers to seasoned expert on offer.

The East Lady was hit first and hard by those in search of fresh tracks and though it quickly got tracked out, the snow gradually changed into creamy skier packed powder as the day went on, so was worth going back to again and again.

The Ciste Gully and East Wall provided a much bigger canvas on which to lay new lines and later in the afternoon slight drifting higher up meant fresh tracks could be found time and again. Further from the beaten track, dropping into Coire an t-Sneachda from as high as it's possible to hold a traverse on the Fiacaill Traverse opens up superb moderate slopes, but this could lose some of it's fresh onto the Cas side of the ridge with drifting this evening.

One thing to check out on Thursday is whether the Shuttle Bus is running, one is on standby after the Cas Carpark was filled to over flowing on Wednesday and if it's running it opens up a whole stack off options further out on the East Wall, the full length of the Ciste Gully and the Laogh Mor Return which should be piling up freshies on the slopes into Coire Laogh Mor tonight.

Leading edge of overnight snow just nudging into the 'Gorms as these photos were uploaded. More fresh lines for Thursday await.
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