The snow has been redistributed around the mountain after the storm, 134mph recorded at the top!
The forecast for today was to be good in the morning then close in again in the afternoon so up we went reasonably early. A surprising large number of people had the same idea and the slopes were in good use, more people than at the end of season!
It was skis on at the daylodge for the skin up, a bit thin just past the new snow factory beginners area (which is coming along nicely) before good cover just below the burn side corner.
The lady and gun barrel have filled in to wide runs, the bottom zigzags have been scoured back to gravel though with drifts along the fences. As you moved up the mountain there were scoured areas and massive drifts. Two pistie beastys were out pushing a lot of snow around from mid station up flattening out the massive drifts and compacting the snow on the 105 traverse, ptarmigan bowl and ptarmigan traverse. The upper cas has been stripped out with the storm though the M1 tow path has quite a bit of snow between the fences.
All the way up we were looking over to the Lady, is it skiable, can we ski in? You bet! It was spectacular, wide soft snow all the way down to the garage. The usual entrance via the side of the m1 was a bit tricky with massive drifts but plenty of snow. The lady was in better shape than often mid season.
We could have easily skied the whole way to the bottom of the Lady but we decided to cross over to the M1 load area and onto the gun barrel then skiing down to mid station. From mid station it was a bit of a hop onto the lower slopes skiing the fence line of the Sheiling run, Cottamís Way was a bit bare but then it opened up on to the wide area created by the snow factory. We could have used the slot and the car park run but I wanted to try out the snow factory snow, a nice surface to ski on.
No time to go back up to the Ciste gully as the weather was changing but reports are it is getting better and better.
Today seemed to be the first proper down hill ski with out having to dodge rocks and the burns. It was a good wide ski down on deep snow from the top of the ptarmigan to mid station and a choice of routes. The lady was by far the best run, fast carving turns top to bottom.
A number of pictures going on facebook later.
The weather is going to get a bit milder then colder again, watch the forecast before heading out.
The snow factory is filling in a good area. The snow is actually very nice to ski on, not as icy as I though it might be.
The machines are packing down the snow to build a good base. A good depth now on the upper mountain but you can see the scoured areas on the upper cas in the background.
The ptarmigan bowl has filled in but also scoured in some places. The machine was in here moving snow about.
The entrance to the lady has a lot of snow though was a bit amusing with the uber large drifts to negotiate.
Well the picture says it, wide good quality snow top to bottom. Smiles all round on the way down.
Edited 2 times. Last edit at 15.22hrs Mon 17 Dec 18 by WindyMiller.
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