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Is there enough snow on Cairngorm for a tour ?

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 mike123 13 Jan 2022

I’m considering driving up for a  days “touring” , the inverted commas are meant to denote slight tongue  in check . Bare in mind that I’ve done many a half day in the lakes skinning up narrow ribbons of slush / ice / mud . I have old skis and skins for this job and don’t even mind walking down. Also done many a day taking the skis for a walk . Have a very vague need to drive up to nearby aviemore and the thought occurred to me that taking the skis for a walk might sway the decision . 

Post edited at 08:17
In reply to mike123:

The british backcountry group on facebook is good for skiing conditions.

 girlymonkey 13 Jan 2022
In reply to mike123:

Looking at the ski center webcams, I wouldn't be tempted personally to take my skis for a walk today. It may be better on the plateau, but I would be surprised if there is enough to be worthwhile. 

There does appear to be a few patches though, so I guess if you are very determined you might manage a few turns, probably depends on how much you want those turns!! 

 mike123 13 Jan 2022
In reply to girlymonkey: I had a look at the webcam that looks down hill at car park / centre and that was vey uninspiring , I’d like to see the view from that camera if it was turned through 180 degrees though .  

 Mike-W-99 13 Jan 2022
In reply to mike123:

The sais forecaster was out and about in the area yesterday. http://ncairngormsblog.sais.gov.uk/2022/01/diminishing-snow-pack/

Even at the weekend it only looked cosmetic(we were on cha-no so could see ciste gully etc on the walk in) with it looking like snow ribbons on the whole lower down.

(A month ago we had a couple of great days touring)

 girlymonkey 13 Jan 2022
In reply to mike123:

The White Lady and Gunbarrel ones here look up the hill. I think the zigzags one might be quite high up too? It does seem odd that they don't have a top station one. Or maybe they do and I don't recognise the name?

https://www.cairngormmountain.co.uk/live-webcams/

 Sans-Plan 13 Jan 2022
In reply to girlymonkey:

Gah, that looks grim,  Blair Aitken set the FKT for the 4000ers earlier in the month (i think, no date on the article) conditions looked good quite then if a little thin, link for those with FB

https://www.facebook.com/britishbackcountry

 Mike-W-99 13 Jan 2022
In reply to Sans-Plan:

Think it was Sunday he did it.

 Sans-Plan 13 Jan 2022
In reply to Mike-W-99:

Thanks, the post was dated the 9th but wasn't sure if it was earlier in the week.

 top cat 09:17 Fri

I'm looking out of my bedroom window right now into the Norries.........for a ski tour it is not worth getting out of bed for.

The highest tops are only just in the clag, looks like a great day for a bike ride

TC


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