touring & backcountry
Northern Cairngorms (Exc. CGM) // Sunday 25th March 2007
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looking back down An Diolland ridge - a bit of heather skiing

An Diolland - start of skinning up at 650m

Bike into Beinn a Bhuird - by bike, with boots on - from Punch Bowl

second section of view up An Diolland , extensive snow field a couple km long

on the plateau between north and south tops of Beinn a Bhuird, looking East

Looking North on Beinn a Bhuird - cornices on corrie headwall

View from Beinn a Bhuird towards Cairn Toul and Ben Macdui

View from Beinn a Bhuird, towards Cairngorm, still lots snow in Ciste Mheraidh

Snow ran out heading towards North Top Beinn a Bhuird , so turned back and skied back down part of ascent route

Making S's in spring snow

Looking back across to ascent route, which we skiied back down

Headwall of Allt an t-Sneachda, nice skiing on steeper section

looking back up top part of Allt an t-Sneachda

looking back up top part of Allt an t-Sneachda - making tracks in spring snow

looking down lower part of Allt an t-Sneachda, fun as it gets narrower, this point is 1.5km down from start of ski run

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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

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