touring & backcountry
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Northern Cairngorms (Exc. CGM) - Sun 25th Mar 2007
Posted by: Winterhighland Member at 09.38hrs on Mon 26th Mar 07

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:: Tour Route(s) or Location Skied/Ridden
Beinn a Bhuird

Parked at Punch Bowl near Mar Lodge.
Biked into Ford 5.5km north of Punch bowl, carrying skis on packs and wearing tele boots.
Some snow patchs on track. so get off bike and push a couple times.
Walked up An Diolland, and got skis on around 650m, then lovely skin up around 3km to plateau and corrie rim, skinned north towards North top of Beinn a Bhuird, but snow ran out 3/4km short of summit, so ripped skins off and skied back down around 1km of ascent route, then skinned up snow patches towards South Top.
short walk to snow at headwall of All an t-Sneachda .
Fantastic ski down All an t-Sneachda, steep at first, then near 2.5 km ski run down, 550m vertical, getting narrower near end, and fun skiing in stream gully.
Then 2 to 3km hike back out to bikes.

Total 8 hour day, 25km, and lots of S's in spring snow
:: Weather Conditions
Foggy until around 11am, then cloud burnt off to reveal a classic scottish ski tour day, blue skys and sunshine and not much wind.
freezing level above tops
:: Snow Conditions and Distrubtion
Perfect velvet spring snow, very forgiving to ski on, making steeps good fun, and great for signature S's in the snow. got a bit heavier going near snowline.

:: Skiers/Riders
Andrew and Becky (George had bad cold, so skied at Lecht)

Report Edited 2 times. Last edited by telemarker: 2007-03-26 11:51:40

Northern Cairngorms (Exc. CGM) - Sun 23rd Apr 2006
Posted by: Winterhighland Member at 14.20hrs on Mon 24th Apr 06
:: Tour Route(s) or Location Skied/Ridden
Glen Freshie to Cairn Toul and Back
Walked up to Carn Ban Mor, skied there and back down to about 800m, then walked out, 8hrs
:: Weather Conditions
Good, Blue skies mainly, bite breezy
:: Snow Conditions and Distrubtion
70% - 80% cover across great moss
Spring snow
Good cover on surrounding hill, should last a while
:: Skiers/Riders
Mark Shell, Niki and Ken
:: E-Mail Contact
mark dot lampard at coda dot com

Northern Cairngorms (Exc. CGM) - Fri 14th Apr 2006
Posted by: Winterhighland Member at 21.55hrs on Sun 16th Apr 06

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:: Tour Route(s) or Location Skied/Ridden
North top of Beinn a'Bhuird via An Diollaid, with a descent into Garbh Choire.
:: Weather Conditions
The odd light rain shower on the walk in, with occasional light snow showers high up. Freezing level seemed to be just above the summit.
:: Snow Conditions and Distrubtion
Firm base with fresh windblown snow on the descent into Garbh Choire, superb spring snow on the descent (on south facing slopes) to about 650m. Pictures here: http://www.scomuir.com
:: Skiers/Riders
Scott, Alan and Pete

Report Edited Once. Last edited by Scomuir: 2006-04-16 21:57:02

Northern Cairngorms (Exc. CGM) - Sun 5th Mar 2006
Posted by: Winterhighland Member at 09.43hrs on Mon 6th Mar 06
:: Tour Route(s) or Location Skied/Ridden
Climbed up Meall a Buchaille from Glenmore Visitor Centre. Fantastic climb up through trees, idyllic winter wonderland conditions. Less pleasant above tree-line, blowing hard and snow badly wind-affected. Ridge to summit almost bare in places, had to do last section up/down on foot. Able to snowboard from col all the way back to the car in one go though!
:: Weather Conditions
Cold, snowing and windy.
:: Snow Conditions and Distrubtion
Deep powder at all levels, but very wind affected higher up.
:: Skiers/Riders
Stevo, Tom, Caroline, James
:: E-Mail Contact
stevo_mcd at hotmail dot com

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