Fi was out in Cairngorm's Coire Na Ciste with the Winter Skills group and just managed to get into the lower carpark before they shut the road at 9.30 am.
Everywhere was busy with queues for the carparks, queues for the tickets and queues for the tows. Once back in Aviemore there were queues for the petrol station, shops and Tesco with some drivers just parking anywhere and blocking off access.
It wasn't quite as busy at Slochd today despite good cover on the forest trails and a clear carpark.
The ice dropped off my door lantern above as the temperatures have been milder and the snow pack wetter. The forest skiing is still good. This should help consolidate and firm up the snow. I was out on the hills at the back of my house and found solitude, plenty of deep drifts with little cornices ideal for snowcraft and snow shelters.
I don't intend queueing tomorrow if I can avoid it so if you want to join us and learn how to make snow shelters (igloos and snow caves) and more get in touch.
We can also run day sessions (and walks) for families or groups on the lower hills with less than an hours gentle walk...
See also Fi's report and photos at http://www.marmotte.co.uk/blog/diary.html