Ocoach

The ramblings of Lynne Walker

Last good day up the hill?

We are forecast-watchers; every day we check the forecast, look to see what the weather is doing and plan the outdoor activities around the advice, which is not always right though!

Temperatures were becoming milder and the hills were starting to look a bit bare of snow; where had it all gone? This past winter had seen the deepest snowfall for many years in the ski resorts with tows being buried under metres of white stuff. Skiing had not been as good as it could have been because of strong winds BUT we had a day of sunshine and light winds forecast.

We got up early and headed off for Cairn Gorm; parking was easy and close to the ticket office etc. We bumped into some friends from Argyll and had a quick catch-up; they were headed for the high tops on Nordic touring gear and should have had an excellent day.

Our first decision was not the best one - we went up to the top in the funicular but the tows in the Ptarmigan Bowl were not open so it was down the Traverse into Coire Cas. We skied there for a while, with the run losing it’s ‘rattly edge’ after a bit, much to Paul’s relief. Then it was back up the top via a very jerky M1 poma. The tows were open and the runs quiet so we skied there the rest of the morning with Paul doing various drills to improve his skiing.

We stopped for an early lunch, hoping to beat the crowds and it worked. Soup is a reasonable price and was good, and we felt we had worked hard enough for coffee and cake as well.

In the afternoon we skied a little more up the top and then went back down to Coire Cas and the Gunbarrel. The snow was getting heavier so Paul was learning new techniques all the time. Again, no queues so we skied until tired, just before the tows all closed at 4pm.

A great day, snow was reasonable considering the milder weather, blue skies, little wind and my feet did not ache - new boots and new skis are a success!

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Paul with snow park in background

Paul with snow park in background

Paul and Ptarmigan Restaurant

Paul and Ptarmigan Restaurant

Paul with the new skis

Paul with the new skis