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Southern Cairngorms - Sat 18th Mar 2006
Posted by: Winterhighland Member at 14.52hrs on Mon 20th Mar 06

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:: Tour Route(s) or Location Skied/Ridden
Carn a Claise and Carn nan Turc. Skied in anticlockwise direction with fine finish sking NE gully
:: Weather Conditions
Some cloud on the peaks but bright and sunny for a lot of the time
:: Snow Conditions and Distrubtion
Fantastic! Hard and solid on the tops and a little scoured but the cover is amazing. Above 800 meters there is full and virtually unbroken cover. The ski down the NE gulley is wide and as the day warmed up was softening nicely. There is plenty of leads to the valley floor and after crossing the road and putting the skis on we did not take them off until returned to the car.
:: Skiers/Riders
Pete, Linzi and Kath
:: E-Mail Contact
activities at calvert-kielder dot com

Southern Cairngorms - Sat 18th Mar 2006
Posted by: Winterhighland Member at 18.36hrs on Sat 18th Mar 06

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:: Tour Route(s) or Location Skied/Ridden
Parked off A93, 2km north of cairnwell pass. Skinned up Carn an Tuirc via old ski tow, then headed to Carn of Claise, down towards Glas Maol, but cut back to car via ridge between Coire Fionn/Garbh-Choire. Descended down to Allt a Gharb-choire via NE side of ridge.
:: Weather Conditions
Wind not too bad, 20mph. Weather blue sky and sunny spells and cloud. Cloud obscured view on occaisions. Freezing level around 700m, snow nice spring snow below this. Above freezing level mixture of wind-blown powder pockets and icy snow - non-breakable crust on skis. Not quite boiler plate!.
:: Snow Conditions and Distrubtion
Freezing level around 700m, snow nice spring snow below this. Above freezing level mixture of wind-blown powder pockets and icy snow - non-breakable crust on skis. Not quite boiler plate!.
best snow on W-SW facing slopes i.e. lee of prevailing NE/E winds. Was able to ski from car on A93.

In summary nice touring conditions.
:: Skiers/Riders
Andrew & Georgina Cook

Southern Cairngorms - Sun 12th Mar 2006
Posted by: Winterhighland Member at 22.37hrs on Sun 12th Mar 06

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:: Tour Route(s) or Location Skied/Ridden
Mar Lodeg to Creag Bhalg and descent east to Glen Quoich and then track ski back to Mar Lodge via Puch Bowl.
:: Weather Conditions
Heavy snow and strong winds providing challenging conditions. Warming up a bit about 1.30pm and then slight snow showers.
:: Snow Conditions and Distrubtion
Full deep cover bit unconsolidated in places. Some old snow pack evident. Deep soft on NE through to East aspects, making difficult decent on easier angled slopes. Full depth penetration at treeline although snow slightly easier to ski as less disturbed.
:: Skiers/Riders
Gary Todd, Eagles (Rod, Simon, Martin, Richard)
:: E-Mail Contact
offpistescotland at tiscali dot co dot uk

Southern Cairngorms - Sat 11th Mar 2006
Posted by: Winterhighland Member at 22.15hrs on Sun 12th Mar 06

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:: Tour Route(s) or Location Skied/Ridden
Carn an Tuirc 1019m. N Glenshee area. Wild powder filled day out! Ascent from car park on A93 (148800) up south side of Allt a Gharabh choire and then following ne burn to old ski hut site and then up to just below summit.
:: Weather Conditions
Very fierce wind although more sheltered in corrie. White out on top and then a golden moment of visisbility and watery sunshine for descent. Doesn't get any better!
:: Snow Conditions and Distrubtion
from car to about 640m on continuous snow bu unconsolidated in places. Descent on good powdery snow, on firm base for 250m (167 811) then across corrie to n side and then continual descent on old snow to bridge over river. Major slab building on NE through to NW aspects, be warned.
:: Skiers/Riders
barbara allan, gary todd, Simon
:: E-Mail Contact
offpistescotland at tiscali dot co dot uk

Report Edited Once. Last edited by gary: 2006-03-12 22:26:20

Southern Cairngorms - Sun 5th Mar 2006
Posted by: Winterhighland Member at 22.25hrs on Sun 5th Mar 06

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:: Tour Route(s) or Location Skied/Ridden
Glen Isla to Glas Maol via Monega Hill and Little Glas Maol. Return via Glen Brighty
:: Weather Conditions
Sunny spells and snow showers. Wind NW 25 gusting 35mph. Temp well below freezing and freezing level at Glen Level.
:: Snow Conditions and Distrubtion
Scoured areas exposed to wind. Lee slopes had wind blown powder and some ice crust on summits.
:: Skiers/Riders
EKW and LSJ

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