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CairnGorm Mountain // Wednesday 17th February 2010
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Looking over the Ciste Tow and Bowl to pisted Traverse towards Laogh Mor.

Dropping down to the Laogh Mor Return fences high on the East Wall.

Ptarmigan terrain park taking shape in the Ptarmigan Bowl.

Coire Cas from the edge of the Daylodge Glades.

The Daylodge Poma from the Daylodge Glades.

Top of OverYonder looking over the Aonach Bowl and WWP to the East Wall.

Daylodge Poma doing it's thing.

Sheiling Tow and Gunbarrel from the Home Road.

Boarder heads for the bottom from the White Lady via the Sheiling Gully.

Coire Cas Gunbarrel looking up.

Looking up Chicken Gully between the Zig Zags.

Looking down the 2nd leg of the Zig Zags, tracked up East Lady beyond.

Boarder hits a rail in the Fiacaill Terrain Park, Horizon Road and M1 beyond.

Looking over the foot of the lower tows, pisted piste into the bottom car park!

Loch Morlich glistens with a fresh covering of snow, seen from the top of the Fiacaill Ridge Poma.

CairnGorm Mountain from the foot of Burnside outside the Daylodge.

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It snowed fairly steadily overnight, around 8 inches of powder at Daylodge Level with the clouds breaking pre dawn. Wednesday dawned under a perfect blue sky over CairnGorm Mountain to usher in a fantastic bluebird powder day for the middle of half term.

Despite full car parks, the extent of snow cover and excellent visibility meant people spread far and wide all over the 'Gorm, keeping queues generally low, though the WWP and M1 had it's moments. The Daylodge Poma always provided a bolt hole for a much shorter queue despite the numbers using the Daylodge Piste and also provided the option to ride the lower Aonach Bowl and Ciste Gully back to the Shuttle Bus.

Ride anywhere cover on the upper and mid-mountain, with extensive off-piste options even around the lower slopes. The Fiacaill T-bar line as often this season was holding sweet snow for moderate off-piste lines. For steeper stuff the East Lady and Coronation Wall was seeing action and the Aonach Bowl has been super for it's full length all week, ski out the Gully and use the shuttle bus to return to the lifts.

All routes to both carparks are available, but the Ciste Gully is the best option back to the Ciste Carpark for those unfamiliar with the area or preferring less variable surface conditions that can be found off the beaten track on the Laogh Mor Return and Aonach Ridge.

Superb sport for all ability levels. The Fiacaill Terrain Park has a variety of rails and kickers, while a much larger kicker is under construction in the Ptarmigan Bowl.
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