My questions are therefore:
1) Will Cairngorm be open next week (Friday - Sunday), weather permitting? I may have missed it but there don't seem to be obvious opening times, perhaps due to the weather?
I talked with Ops1 the other day and he is hoping to keep the place open as long as possible. I did hear today that the Ptarmigan restaurant will be having its refit starting after the 25th April and will be shut. How this will effect the train I do not know, I need to find out more information.
2) I saw that the ski-school only operates in the holidays but is there a creche nearby for the small one (aged 3). My 5 year old is pretty good on skis, the 3 year old will try them out properly for the first time this year but as I'm by myself I'll probably need a bit of daycare for at least the littlest one (in Scandinavia I'd just leave her to sleep in the car at the bottom of the hill, but I understand this is frowned on in the UK...)
Leaving a child in the car is a definite no no in the UK. The local nursery in the North of Aviemore has now closed down but I am not sure if the Coylum Bridge Hotel still runs theirs. There used to be on in the MacDonalds centre, may be worth a call to both of theses. They could be for their guests only.
If you are looking for ski school and cant find one, School of Snow Sports (SoS), Free Ski, G2, or the mountains own one, PM me I will ask some of the instructors that may be off duty if they are willing to take a private lesson.
4) How strictly is the no-touring thing from the top station enforced these days? Is it still a thing? I wouldn't say no to a quick tour over the plateau if the conditions are right, would be great to show the kids where I used to work...
If the skiing is on, you are allowed out at the top. If you have bought a ski ticket then you can use the lifts and go for a tour, just don't tell anyone and no one will notice. If you have not bought a ski ticket, only a train ticket, they will not let you up on the train with your skis. If you do not want to buy a ticket then park in the lower cas car park and skin up the Fiacaill ridge.
If the skiing is stopped for the season then no one is allowed out at the top and we all have to walk / skin.
Hope this helps