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CairnGorm Mountain // Sunday 21st November 2010
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Exodus from the Funicular on Sunday Morning.

New toy parked behind the ski-doo!

Skiers in the mist, approaching the top of the M1 Poma.

Strapping in at the top of the M1 Poma.

Elephant fence on the White Lady more than half buried with a consolidated base in November.

Boarders dropping past the banked out Tunnel Mouth on the M1 SideTrack.

Snow banked up to the concrete beams of the Funicular, M1 Poma beyond.

Skier on the White Lady, firmer today but still good sport for the more experienced.

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Saturday's soft snow firmed up overnight as colder conditions moved in meaning the base is now much firmer across the mountain. However there was also a couple of inches of fresh snow from the middle up, a dusting below to low levels including down in Aviemore itself.

Generally the snow is firm packed, but grippy, however there are some slicker patches developing - notably the top of the Traverse was getting rather polished later on Sunday. Go canny on the Traverse itself, it was very fast on Sunday and the snow is much quicker across the mountain than on Saturday.

The main pisted trail that is open is the route down the Traverse, 105 and the upper Zig Zags and/or the Cas Gunbarrel. Gunbarrel is filled in well to the M1 Poma and was the best option on Saturday, however with the base now firmed up the top two legs of the Zig Zags are now fine despite with a good connection back to the M1 Poma.

For the more adventurous the White Lady was giving good early season action with firm grippy wind packed snow - takes an edge nicely (even with pretty blunt rockhoppers)!

The M1 RaceTrack is complete, but has not been skiing nicely the past few days - but should improve with further snow showers.

M1 SideTrack has decent cover, but is a bit butchered where the machines were working to dig out the Funicular Tunnel. By far the best approach to the White Lady is thus the traditional route which starts on the M1 SideTrack but cuts over above the Funicular Tunnel towards the far skiers right of the White Lady.

A very promising base in the key places given the outlook for gradual top ups over the coming days. Those who are bloody minded enough can just get to the Daylodge via the Carpark Run/Burnside combo, but if your not on rock hoppers, hop off for a bit at the Burnside corner!!
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