Tuesday, 18 May 2010
Spring skiing in Coire an t-Sneachda
A lovely day to be on the hill so we took the skis and my homemade helmet cam onto the Cairngorm plateau.
As the ski area funicular is out of bounds for skiers midweek we hiked up to the Sheiling before putting on our skins and skis.
There's still good cover from the bottom of the Coire Cas run up and over the headwall and onto the plateau. Once on the plateau we linked the snow patches and coire edge cornices following Jim and Kim to ski up and over to the top of the Goat Track our proposed descent route.
Helmet cam on and a fun steep ski run down the headwall into the coire. The snow was so good we climbed back up via Point Five for yet another run down via the gully!
A quick traverse round the coire showed us that apart from the steep snowy approaches and gully lines many of the classic rock routes such as Fingers and Pygmy Ridge were now bone dry.
We traversed back into the empty ski area via the old snowfence line for our last few turns back to the midstation. A great day with lots of video clips to piece together - the helmet cam footage is fun!!!
More details from Fi on her blog here.