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21 May 2016: CIC Hut trip Skiing Winter 2016
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

It was a very murky start to the day, but faith was had in the forecast.  Glimpses of sunshine as we headed up the Fiacaill a' Choire Chais and then down the gentle cruise into Coire Raibert reassured us that it was probably going to be OK.  It was.  Despite Diagonal Gully looking in superb condition, Y Gully was chosen as a pleasant (wide) starter over Diagonal Gully.  The snow was a bit heavy, and we were certainly warmed up by the bottom of it. 



Next up, Castlegates Gully.  The fresh snow had thankfully covered the boulders at the top, and after a snow stability check with the benefit of the rope, we were off.  It's fair to say that the lower section of the gully could be the best powder i've skied in Scotland.  We'd all have happily skied it again, but Chris suggested the chute that bounds the NW end of Garbh Uisge crag.  It was pretty damn fine as well.  The plan was then to head to Cairn Lochan, but as we got onto the summit area, it was whiteout time.  With no way of knowing how long it would be like this, and with daylight fading, we opted to head in the direction of Lurchers on a bearing.  We got some visibility about 60m down, so the skins came off.  As we shuffled across the flat section above the twin burns, it completely cleared.  However, the descent into Lurchers was superb, and we cruised back to the car park happy people.

The day started a bit murky, but we caught a glimpse of the sun here.
The gentle cruise down into Coire Raibert didn't involve much in the way of views.
Getting ready at the top of Y Gully.
Chris in Y Gully
Still in Y Gully.  The snow showers were causing camera issues!
Chris setting off again in Y Gully
Chris at the bottom of Y Gully.
Chris in Castlegates Gully.
Scott setting off in Castlegates.
Scott at the exit of Castlegates.  The snow was unbelievably good.
Scott floating in the powder.
It was very, very nice to ski.
Chris leaving Castlegates Gully
Despite the boulders, we were able to ski all the way down.
Scott with his straight line start to the chute by Garbh Uisge Crag.  He soon had a change of plan.
Chris in the chute.
Pinnacle Gully on the left, and the chute we skied on the right.
Spot Scott.
Back onto the plateau, and soaking up the final rays of sunshine.
The lonely trail breaker.
After the whiteout cleared, looking back at Coire an Lochain.
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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