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Northern Cairngorms (Exc. CGM) - Sat 29th Mar 2008
Posted by: Winterhighland Member at 14.09hrs on Mon 31st Mar 08

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:: Tour Route(s) or Location Skied/Ridden
Up Lairig Ghru to Corrour. onto Carn Toul, Angels Peak and Braerich out via Coire Gorm and Sinclairs Hut site.
:: Weather Conditions
Blustery some fresh snow, sunshine
:: Snow Conditions and Distrubtion
Friday in Ghru from Sinclair hut site on soft wet snow became firmer higher up. Skiable most of the way down towards Corrour.
Saturday deep snow to coire wall between Devils Peak and Carntoul, weakly bonded. Good firm on plateau, excellent firm base in Coire Gorm.
:: Skiers/Riders
DPC
:: E-Mail Contact
Airedalephysio at aol dot com

Northern Cairngorms (Exc. CGM) - Sat 16th Feb 2008
Posted by: Winterhighland Member at 23.00hrs on Sun 17th Feb 08

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:: Tour Route(s) or Location Skied/Ridden
Carried skis up onto Beinn a Bhuird, and walked round past the North Top. Skied a steep south facing line into Coire nan Clach before climbing back out. Walked to the South Top and descended the Allt an t-Sneachda to about 650m above the Quoich
:: Weather Conditions
Very clear
:: Snow Conditions and Distrubtion
Virtually none on the plateau for touring. You can ski round the corrie rims though! The descent into Coire nan Clach was chosen as it faced the sun so consisted of soft sugary spring snow which was perfect. The second descent of the day was on hard refrozen snow - I had left it too late in the day. It loses the sun a bit earlier in the day as it faces SE
:: Skiers/Riders
Scott Muir (with Jackie and Debbie at various points!)

Report Edited Once. Last edited by Scomuir: 2008-02-17 23:05:36

Northern Cairngorms (Exc. CGM) - Sun 17th Feb 2008
Posted by: Winterhighland Member at 22.48hrs on Sun 17th Feb 08

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:: Tour Route(s) or Location Skied/Ridden
Cycled from Linn of Dee to Luibeg, then slogged up Sron Riach to the top of Ben Macdhui. Walked back down to about 1250m, put boots & skis on, and descended the line of the Caochan na Cochaiche down to 700m where it meets the Allt Carn a' Mhaim. It was so good, I changed back into my trainers, and climbed back up to 1200m for another run.
:: Weather Conditions
Generally very sunny. The cloud to the west seemed to be held back by the Cairn Toul / Braeriach ridge, but the top of Macdhui was in and out of mist during the day.
:: Snow Conditions and Distrubtion
Where the snow is level, it is very hard, but as soon as there is an angle on it, it was fine (the whole run faced south). The snow turned to good spring snow from about 1150m all the way until it ran out at 700m. The upper 300m was a very wide and smooth blue run, before narrowing to a few metres wide, and steepening to the equivalent of a red run.

Take the day off and go and do it!
:: Skiers/Riders
Scott Muir

Report Edited Once. Last edited by Scomuir: 2008-02-17 22:54:14

Northern Cairngorms (Exc. CGM) - Fri 27th Apr 2007
Posted by: Winterhighland Member at 17.09hrs on Sat 28th Apr 07

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:: Tour Route(s) or Location Skied/Ridden
Linn o'Dee, Luibeg, Sron Riach, Sputan Dearg, Ben Macdui. - Garbh Uisge Mor, link patches to Sputan Dearg, and down to Loch Etchachan. past Hutchison Hut, and out Glen Derry to Linn o'Dee.
:: Weather Conditions
Sunny, clear sky, very little breeze. - Perfect Spring day.
:: Snow Conditions and Distrubtion
Perfect Spring day for a "Triathlon". - Biked to Derry Lodge, Hiked to Macdui, and found last of the snow patches at Garbh Uisge Mor, and down off Sputan Dearg to Etchachan.

Snow was consolidated Spring Snow, a bit heavy for tired legs after hiking, but worth the effort with a nice run virtually from top of Sputan, down the burn course to the first lochan, - Longer than Ptarmigan Bowl, and more interesting, and good width.

Was possible to ski part of slope off Macdui, and link patches across to Sputan, with just short walk to get onto snow again to ski off Sputan to Etchachan. - Lovely in the sun.
:: Skiers/Riders
HTH
:: E-Mail Contact
hjborr at btinternet dot com

Northern Cairngorms (Exc. CGM) - Sat 24th Mar 2007
Posted by: Winterhighland Member at 21.40hrs on Mon 26th Mar 07

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:: Tour Route(s) or Location Skied/Ridden
Cairngorm to Ben Macdui, down to Lairig Ghru via Taillears, up Cairn Toul via Coire an Saighdeir, to Auchlean via 'Tom' and 'Dick' but not 'Harry'(near Carn Ban Mor) - 25km approx 13-14 hours
:: Weather Conditions
Perfect! Blue skies with a final moonlit descent down 'Tom' and 'Dick' .
:: Snow Conditions and Distrubtion
Enough snow to get to Ben Macdui. Spring snow down Taillears with cover down to Lairig Ghru. Spring snow in Coire an Saighdeir- snow level approx 700m- this would make a very fine descent. Good cover from Cairn Toul to 'Tom' and 'Dick' - shouldered skis about three times but not for too long. Snow level on Tom and Dick down to 600m.
:: Skiers/Riders
jungle & 12point

Report Edited 2 times. Last edited by 12point: 2007-03-26 22:54:07

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