Saturday, February 2, 2008

An almost powder day!

Heavy Snow on the Ski Road.

With the heavy snows on Friday, climbing looked like it might be hard work today, and with an avalanche forecast of 4, Becky and I decided to head off to Cairngorm with the snowboards in tow, in search of some powder!
The ski website talked of all runs and lifts being open and fresh powder. As we discovered pretty early on there was quite a bit of fabrication in these claims. The drive down the A9 was entertaining with the snow still lying on the carriageway. The snow gates were still closed at Glenmore when we arrived at 8:20 and after 40minutes wait we were on the hill.
Yesterday's snow did arrive on the back of strong winds, so some slopes today were scoured, and others had some large drifts. By mid morning we had gone through the plum powder we could find and were keen to head over to the West wall. In true Cairngorm style the lifts over that side of the mountain were closed and so we had to content ourselves with runs down the Cas and back to the carpark.
Busy on the lifts.

By 2pm the winds very very strong on the top and the funicular stopped running, by now we had enough of people dodging on the busy runs and decided to call it a day.
Still good to get some runs in on some nice fresh snow after our holiday of ice!