I go away for a while and when I get back some one has trashed the place! I think some one left the window open and all the snow blew away!
Well its is not as bad as I was fearing. The middle and upper runs have good fresh snow fence to fence. The guys have been pushing the snow about and made an good surface in the top bowls, the white lady and the cas area. I would not describe it as powder as the moist air is making a crunchy surface as the moisture freezes,this is getting skied in to a similar consistency of the man made snow from the cannons,not unpleasant.
The top bowls are wide and it is mainly ski anywhere but not off piste at all. CG said the ciste is narrow, I think they underestimated the run as it was very nice to ski, ok the right hand fork is not so good but the main fairway is good.
The traverse is two machines wide but keep to the middle as one mistake and you are into the rocks at the sides.The coronation wall side is stripped bare and the drop to the right is a bolder field.
The cas is lovely, full length including the bolder field between the up and down ropes. Plenty to keep you happy. The gun barrel has caught the snow and is full, a nice ski down. Only the top zig zag is usable but ok to get you back to the M1 and cas load.
The lady has been patched to two/ three machine widths. Nice controllable snow until the cross over to the M1. Thin and rocky here with a bit of ice.
A word of warning, mid term has started, some of Glasgow and Stirling are off, brats every where (and their children) and its only going to get worse next week with the rest of the country.
The weather was lovely up to 10:30 then the cloud level started to drop. The wind was not more than a breeze. Snow showers passing through getting progressively heavier at the end of the day. The bad news is it is above freezing level in the car park, a mixture of snow and sleet here.
At the end of the day I did take the car park tow path down, good for 3/4s then rock. I headed to the left and the Fiacail side to heather ski down to the load station. Not a recommended route, take the train or walk the last 25%.
Ptarmigan bowl, nice surface
Traverse, keep your speed down as there is no ski out to the sides.
The cas and gun barrel are giving very nice skiing, A few folks in the gun barrel that may be should not have been there, but fun to watch them having ago!
Lady, nice ski down but very thin at the cross over to the M1
The car park tow path, the snow disappears just over the crest but you can make it down if you are crazy.
Edited 2 times. Last edit at 17.05hrs Mon 8 Feb 16 by WindyMiller.
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