OK, this should have been written about three weeks ago but other things got in the way.
Paul was on forecast watch and declared Friday to be a ‘good day to have a ski lesson’ at Cairngorm; what makes a good day? This winter there has been great snow BUT the wind has been strong enough to prevent lifts running. The CairnGorm funicular has also been challenged by the combination of snow and wind which has meant that the rail tracks have been frequently covered with snow and it has had to be manually dug out.
I decide to go ‘up the hill’ and ski myself. We were there early to hire kit and purchase a lift ticket. My first couple of runs got me back into skiing again but only three lower T-bar tows were open. This meant that it was not long before I was queuing for 30 minutes followed by a 5 minute ski back down.
By the time we met for lunch (a good value mug of soup in the café) I was a bit fed up and had considered calling it a day and trying to get a lift ticket refund at midday. My feet were also hurting in the hire boots and I was struggling to ‘work’ the boots well. Things did become a little better in the afternoon as they opened up one more lift but the queue for that was really long so I skied the quieter Fiacaill all afternoon. Paul and I met and then skied for the last hour together. The snow was generally good, just such a shame that there was not the uplift open to take advantage of it.
Saturday was a different day, much milder so we decided on a bike ride. The road between Carrbridge and the A9 was closed while a rail bridge was being worked on. This meant that the Carrbridge to Grantown road would also be quiet. It all worked out well, quiet roads and only a moderate wind in our faces on the way home from Dulnain Bridge via the wee back road. One quite scary moment under the rail bridge - a temporary bit of ‘sludge + chuckies’ had been put in for cyclists and pedestrians and I approached it quite fast!
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