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CairnGorm Mountain // Monday 26th April 2010
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Ciste Gully from the Laogh Mor Return boardwalk.

CairnGorm Mountain from the Burnside Bridge, still fantastic cover above mid-station.

Coire Cas Gunbarrel at the end of the day, soft fun bumps.

Looking down the Carpark Run, still passable with care!

The Ptarmigan Bowl from the Ptarmigan Traverse (stranded Piste Basher by the Polar Express).

Looking back up the Ptarmigan Traverse into the Ptarmigan Terrain park - Ptarmigan T-bar behind.

The Nessie Rollers in the Fiacaill Terrain Park stand out in the sun, Fiaicall Buttress dominates the background.

Coire Cas from high on the East Lady.

Is that a queue.... Not really, the lifts were nearly always ski straight on.

Looking over the Coire Cas Gunbarrel from the M1 Queuing Area.

Just caught the last run on the Ptarmigan Tow, but headwind aborted last trip to Coronation Wall!

The takeoffs on the huge kicker in the Ptarmigan Terrain Park.

Skiers on the Nessie Rollers above the Fiaicall Traverse.

Coire Cas T-bar doing it's thing it's being doing for 47 years.

Still a bit of snow outside the Top Station.

Believe it or not, this is the Funicular heading over the M1 SideTrack / White Lady underpass, as seen from the direct access to the Lady from just above the Tunnel.

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Somewhat sticky and slow in the Ptarmigan Bowl on Monday. However the surface conditions continue to improve below the Top Basin, with the snow becoming much more granular and spring like once again on the mid mountain.

For advanced riders the White Lady was great fun with modest spring snow bumps, if you want some flat spring snow to layout some turns on the steeps, head out onto the East Lady (access from Lady Luck and traverse out) or for a longer and steeper pitch hit up Coronation Wall (traverse out from the Ptarmigan Tow, a short hoof up the Summit Path will get more vertical and more gradient).

All Cas side mid mountain runs are in great condition with excellent cover, this includes the Zig Zags which are fully complete back into the Cas loading area for early intermediates.

Fiacaill is in good nick and the Nessie Rollers are still there and now the rails have been moved upto the Ptarmigan Terrain Park, the Fiaicall Park has a variety of snow mounds to hit as kickers.

The best and truest spring snow today was to be found in the space between the M1 Poma and the M1 RaceTrack, esp immediately beside the Poma, great spring snow to carve on, then cut out skiers left via Horizon Road to thrash the spring snow bumps in the Cas Gunbarrel - great fun. However the M1 RaceTrack was sticky slop in comparison!

It's still just possible to ski back to the Daylodge with care - and a few metres of heather hopping just below the foot of the Sheiling Trainer Tow. The Funicular was not middle stopping on Monday, but this could change tomorrow.

There is still a good range of green, blue and red terrain open and lift served in Coire Cas and the Top Basin. Check the forecast and if the weather's playing ball, get up there, Summer is long enough!
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