Do cairngorm only open lifts subject to demand? Looking to head over tomorrow but its a long drive so only really worth it if everything opens. Weather looks to be a perfect bluebird though
Andy, the lifts of significance that were not running were the Day Lodge and the Car Park. There were so few people around and alternate ways to get up the mountain no one noticed them not being on. No queues at the train or the Ridge Poma. If needed they do come on, DSUK requested the car park t-bar yesterday to help them with some clients and it was put on. If you are coming primarily for the park the Ptarmigan and Ciste always run unless the weather turns bad.
A cold start to the day with cloud skipping across the summits. The runs had set up firm though with the pisting were nice to ski, especially the Cas first thing, hard base with a good layer of spring snow on top. On the upper runs there had been a sprinkle of fresh snow. By lunch time everything had eased up giving soft snow top to bottom but the tops quickly crunched up as the cold clouds passed through, some dropping a little snow at times.
I canít really give a good description of the runs as we spent the day lapping Coire Laogh Mor. The ground team had taken a pistie beasty in again and patched all the heather hops so it was now a continuous ski back to the car park steps. Unlike yesterday when we had the run to ourselves quite a few others had found it and the bus back was on occasion full. Strange that on the bus that every one knew each other!
Rent-a-crowd had set up gates down the white lady for race training in the morning but were gone by lunch time. There was still room down the side of the gates if you wanted to ski the lady or east lady.
Again, like yesterday is was unbelievably quiet, quieter than many mid week days this season. The only queue was in the Ptarmigan restaurant for lunch unless you were unfortunate enough to turn up at the M1 when rent-a-crowd turnd up too.
Some of the best skiing to be had, other than Laogh Mor which is in an other league, was on the Fiacaill, even lower down. But to be honest any where on the mountain is giving good skiing.
If you think the best time to go skiing on Cairngorm is January/February then you are missing out on so much. The warmer weather is creeping in and the snow is turning granular, a great time to be on the mountain.
A sprinkling of fresh snow made the upper runs very nice to ski.
The wide snow fields of Coire Laogh Mor, firm forgiving snow.
Half way down Laogh Mor. You can see the road way out at the bottom. This its self was a good ski, undulating and interesting to ski. No more heather hopping as the brown areas had been patched.
The road end which was covered in foot prints yesterday has been pisted. Quite soft at the end of the day though. Be careful of the burn if you want to ski over it the snow is slumping down.
A number of people were skiing side slope on the Fiacaill, good spring snow here once it softened up in the morning.
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