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21 May 2016: CIC Hut trip Skiing Winter 2016

In complete contrast to some of my solo days out, 17 skiers and a snowboarder took advantage of the CIC Hut on Ben Nevis for some late season skiing. The weather wasn't perfect, but it was raining so hard on Saturday morning that it was actually funny. Sunday was much better (i.e. drier), and we could see what we were skiing on, which was handy.



With queues at the top of some of the gullies to rival scenes from a new Ikea delivery depot in Aberdeen, it was a strange but fantastic experience. Watching skier after skier pile into Number 3 Gully on Saturday in the mist, making their first and probably steepest turn of the weekend, then shoot out the exit was quite something.  All the numbered gullies saw full or partial descents, and Tower Gully saw mass descents on both days.  A fine way to finish my skiing for the season.

Some of the group setting off on Saturday morning.
Gav, Donald, Dave and the rest of the group nearing the top of Number 4 Gully, post monsoon.
Gav opening it up on the slopes below Number 3 Gully as the mist closed in again.
Heading for the summit and then Tower Gully.
Poor visibility for Neil in Tower Gully.
Sunday morning, and much improved conditions as we head for the stairway up Number 4 Gully again.
Steve in catalogue pose, despite the lack of snow and view.
Finding a way into the slumped cornice at the top of Number 5 Gully.
The mist closes in again as Steve sets off, with the queue building in the start gate.
Tom in Number 5 Gully.
Mike in Number 5 Gully.
Dave and Mike on their way out of Number 5 Gully.
Everyone got airborne into Tower Gully this weekend.  Like Dave here, most of us did it this way though.
Steve setting off from the ledge at the top of Tower Gully.
Steve with much better visibility than the previous day in Tower Gully.
Gregor tentatively getting a feel for things as he sets off on his first ever descent of a Nevis gully...
... before he decided to straightline it!
He didn't really. You can see the rest of the group at the end of the snow several hundred metres below.
Looks sparse, but there's still a lot of skiing possible on Ben Nevis.
08 May 2016: An Teallach Skiing Winter 2016
21 April 2016: Sgran Dubh Mr Skiing Winter 2016
16 April 2016: Short Cairngorm tour Skiing Winter 2016
14 April 2016: Aonach Mor and Aonach Beag (again) Skiing Winter 2016
12 April 2016: Meall a' Bhuachaille and The Couloir Skiing Winter 2016
10 April 2016: Aonach Mor and Aonach Beag Skiing Winter 2016
19 March 2016: Cairngorms Tour Skiing Winter 2016
17 March 2016: Toll an Lochain, An Teallach Skiing Winter 2016
09 March 2016: Loch Avon basin gully skiing Skiing Winter 2016
27 February 2016: Beinn Dearg and Cona' Mheall Skiing Winter 2016
25 February 2016: Caenlochan Skiing Winter 2016
13 February 2016: Invercauld Skiing Winter 2016
10 February 2016: Glenshee skiing Skiing Winter 2016
17 January 2016: Ben Macdui Ski Tour Skiing Winter 2016
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