/ Gullies around Loch Avon (Cairngorms)
Castlegate gully between Sheltersone Crag and Carn Etchacan
Pinnacle Gully to the right of Sheltersone
Diagonal Gully on stag rocks
Also Alladins Couloir in sneachda.
Wondering if they are skiable this early in the winter given the recent snow.
I'd be surprised if there was enough of a build up to ski them following the thaw on Saturday (of in fact before that) but can't offer you a definate as I haven't been out.
Excuse me if I'm teaching my grandmother to suck eggs but most folk wait for a big build up and a base to ski these things which isn't impossible at this point but is unlikely.
For future reference:
Castlegates has a ridge at the top that takes a bit of covering and exits on to large scree that also takes a while to fill in and can limit how far down you can ski.
Diagonal has some steep rocks below the entry fan that will take a while to fill in
Alladins has a pitch low down that I'm sure will be exposed although it is sometimes possible to ski the top of the gully and exit skiers right onto the open face above the narrows.
I'm not aware of any complications in Pinnacle but I haven't skied it.
Skiing all 4 of them would be a superb day out and quite frequently doable later in the year. Alladins is probably the most awkward as build up affects the steepness of the entry and it often contains pesky climbers and boot tracks. The entry to Castlegates can be difficult depending on how the wind has been blowing.
Was that the day I met you above Aladdins?
The couple of times I've skied past Pinnacle it has had a weird sort of slumped cornice with a very steep section below it.
Aladdins is very variable and up to a point the entry seems to get harder with build up not easier.
Diagonal skied yesterday:
Diagonal skied Sun 2nd Dec.
Photos on Glenmore lodge face book
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