The season in Scotland has not been a good one. March was more or less completely written off due to very high temps and glorious sunshine. The first ever Coe Cup went ahead towards the end of the month on the ever decreasing snow pack at Glencoe Mountain. The Coe Cup will now be a FWT qualifying event from next season so big ups to the organisers.
Anyway, in the last couple of weeks, our weather has returned to something more like winter and the Cairngorm Mountains have received a healthy amount of snow. Last Sunday, myself and a friend went exploring off the top of Cairn Gorm and off the back for a ski down into Coire an t-Sneachda.
The snow was great, lovely soft powder in places, but due to the previous warm weather, there was the occasional rock and heather attracting some base attention. Saw some wildlife and had an interesting traverse out of the coire (pro. coray).
Ross on top of the weather station on Cairn Gorm
Heading along to the drop in, just over the cornice in the centre of pic.
First, tentative turn in the coire. very loose snow didn't feel great...
Ross taking it easy. Those rocks/boulders and lochans in the pic are around 700ft below Ross.
myself enjoying some lovely snow further down.
The traverse out begins. It was interesting....
Myself with the coire behind. My first time there and I spotted some lines that need skiing.
Coire an t-Sneachda
A friendly wee Ptarmigan and his mate led us out.