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CairnGorm Mountain // Sunday 9th January 2011
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White Lady with fresh layer of powder on a groomed firm base.

Beginner class under instruction at the mid-station.

Ski School class on the Daylodge Poma and Run.

Daylodge Poma very quiet, but good riding with the fresh, just a few hard bits near the bottom.

Machine packed powder corduroy on the M2.

Boarder enjoying some turns on the machine packed powder in the Top Basin, Ptarmigan and Ciste Bowls best.

Piste Basher climbing the Laogh Mor Return, subtle hint as to where to ski next!

Ciste T-bar, Ciste Bowl and Fairway, all superb cover with excellent runs for early intermediates.

The best part of a 2 mile cruise of immaculate machine packed powder corduroy...

Sweet turns on the Western flank of Coire Laogh Mor, machine packed powder.

Coire na Ciste from the Laogh Mor Return. Wish to see the chairs spin again? Visit www.savetheciste.com and add your voice.

Heading up the Fiacaill Ridge Poma late in the afternoon.

Loch Morlich nestles in the distance at the foot of CairnGorm Mountain, from the top of the M1 Poma.

Strapping in for the last run of the day at the top of the Traverse.

That's almost all folks, the last few riders make their way up the M1 Poma as day turns to night on the 'Gorm.

CairnGorm Mountain at night from the shore of Loch Morlich as mist swirls about the Loch's snowy expanse.

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A spell of heavy snow in the morning with overnight showers gave another couple of inches of fresh powder snow for CairnGorm Mountain on Sunday.

Then the snow clouds cleared through, the wind eased up and a fantastic afternoon unfolded with great sliding for first timers upwards.

The Top Basin is in fantastic shape with an excellent cover and beautiful machine packed powder, super for learning on in the Ptarmigan Bowl.

The White Lady continues to offer advanced skiers and boarders excellent fun, with the sweet layer of new snow on the groomed grippy base, you could crank up some big carves.

The East Lady and Coronation Wall were seeing action later in the day, but with more snow forecast a high avalanche risk is forecast for Monday.

The Daylodge Poma was a good bolt hole for some ski onto lift runs, full width with machine packed powder on a firm base, just a couple of hard scrapped areas near the bottom.

The undoubted run of the day though was on the freshly laid out machine packed powder corduroy stretching from in the heart of the Ptarmigan Bowl at 3600ft all the way to the Ciste Carpark at 1800ft via the Laogh Mor Return.

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