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Sunshine, light winds and regular top-ups of fresh snow on a firm base have continued to draw skiers and boarders to CairnGorm Mountain over the bank holiday weekend and the great conditions on the upper part of the mountain look set to remain for next weekend too. In the course of the weekend around 2500 skiers and boarders visited the resort.
Fans have enjoyed a succession of classic days on the hill in the last week and with the forecast set to stay cold and the possibility of some significant snowfall during the week there are opportunities for some great midweek snowsports with fresh powder to play on. The Ciste, Ptarmigan, Polar express, Cas and M1 tows have all been open with the funicular making middle upstops. The resort plans to continue to offer snowsports all week and will open lifts subject to demand.
Commenting on the conditions CairnGorm Mountain Marketing Manager Colin Kirkwood said: “For the first time ever the Coronation Wall in Coire Cas has been groomed, and has proved very popular with more advanced skiers and borders, sparking a lively debate on whether it should be classified as a red or black run. Either way it is a big draw and its pisting, made possible by the resort’s acquisition of a Winchcat pisting machine seventeen months ago has been acclaimed by many customers.”
In the freestyle park more technical features have been added over the last week including a new 9 metre long ledge rail. The park has both hard line and easy lines with five rails and a jump currently featuring in the set-up there. Ski mountaineers have also been taking advantage of the late snow. A ski mountaineering ticket enables them to walk up to the mid mountain then ride up the M1 tow to start their sport. And funicular-only passengers, of whom there have been some 2000 over the holiday weekend, can go up and enjoy the snow outside the Ptarmigan building.