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CairnGorm Mountain // Monday 31st May 2010
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Did say, bring a sense of humour!

Getting the final turns in on the Ciste Gully, complete to within 15yards of the boardwalk.

Boarder in the Cas Gunbarrel, still good fun to be had on Coronation Wall behind.

Working on the sun tan while waiting for the Funicular at the mid-station.

Approaching the mid-station via the Cas Gunbarrel.

Skiers heading for the narrow section of the Lady before it opens out into the Skirt.

Crevasses on the White Lady below the elephant fence.

Last run of May, 1500ft of vertical in the Ciste Gully. Sublime smooth spring snow.

Skier drops onto Coire Cas from the end of the Traverse.

Ptarmigan Tow doing it's thing on Monday 31st May.

Funicular passengers had a grandstand view of the White Lady antics!

Looking up the Ptarmigan Bowl, perfect bluebird bank holiday!

Looking out over the Northern Corries from the Traverse / M1 split.

Stating the bleeding obvious on the short hoof over to the White Lady proper from the M1 SideTrack.

Looking down the Ptarmigan Bowl from the old rider-X course.

A very blue Loch Morlich seen from Coire Cas.

Sledge Park was good fun in the Sun.

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Wow!! Summer arrived a day early on the last day of spring as CairnGorm Mountain basked under a scorching Sun on the last day of May. A starker contrast to Sunday where the hill was stormbound as far as snowsports go it's not possible to have, indeed around 4 inches of fresh lay in the Ptarmigan Bowl on Sunday.

Thanks to an overnight air frost even the fresh snow up top didn't slow up as might have been expected from such new snow, instead though the Ptarmigan Bowl inevitably softened up it cut up into the older snow remaining fairly quick and not too sticky.

Mid Mountain though was offering the best snow and fun, simply sublime spring snow that was a delight to slide on all day. Coire Cas somewhat stol the White Lady's Thunder from Saturday, though the Lady was still a fun challenge for more experienced riders, the fully complete Coire Cas was a hoot and the bumps seemed to just be in the right place in the Gunbarrel on Monday.

The Ciste Gully though was the absolute standout on Monday and well worth the 300ft or so of ascent on the hoof back round to the Daylodge (for those who didn't have transport round in the Ciste). A truly memorable 1500ft vertical run from the top of the Ptarmigan to the West Wall board Walk on perfect smooth spring snow to round of the last day of Spring.

Beyond the snowsports area, a number of steeps in the Northern Corries including Aladdin's Couloir saw tracks in the spring snow, while the Plateau continues to retain very extensive cover for high level touring.

Video of run from Top to Mid Station via Coire Cas.
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