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Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Improving weather and deep drifts


Stormy this morning but the winds dropped quite a bit in the afternoon. There's lots of deep snow drifts for winter skills and skiing. Tomorrow looks fairly settled before the next storm and dump of snow that's being forecast for the weekend! See Fi's blog here

Cairngorm Ski Area Report Wednesday 16th February 2011
'Heavy drifting across the mountain this morning and high winds with near zero visibility at the top station. The wind started to ease at 10:30 allowing us to open the Car Park tow, Ridge Poma, Shieling and Coire Cas tows. The wind finally reduced enough to allow us to dig out the Funicular track by the end of the day. We have had some fantastic accumulations of drifted snow and the machines worked hard all day to groom the drifts out. The Gunbarrel is now completely flat along with the White Lady Piste, the lower slopes and Daylodge are also in fantastic condition again. Tomorrow all uplift will run subject to wind.
The upper lift opening times may be delayed due to controlled avalanche blasting, on both the Cas and Ciste sides of the mountain.
Yesterday the Ciste Gully and West Wall runs were kept closed due to a high avalanche risk, this will be assessed again by Ski Patrol, however these slopes have been heavily loaded with further drifting. There is now a High Avalanche risk from South- west through North to North- Easterly Aspects.
After a run of three windy days the forecast looks good for tomorrow- windspeeds 10-15mph with the chance of a sunny day!'
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