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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

Staying in Aviemore really has its advantages, and today was a great example of why.  Leaving the grandparents with their hands full for a few hours, Helen and I walked through to Ryvoan bothy, then up onto a chilly Meall a' Bhuachaille.   The low cloud on the high hills was rising, revealling why this is such a superb viewpoint for the Northern side of the Cairngorms.  A wee detour up Creagan Gorm, and we were back to the house for tea and cake early afternoon.  With winds easing, and the temperature rising above the summits along with the cloud, a plan was hatched, and at 4pm, I set off from the Cas car park with the skis on my back.

Skis on in Coire an Lochain, and I tried to make a straight skin track diagonally up the twin burns area, but bottled it near the top with one switchback.  Locating the top of the Couloir was quite easy in the end, as a line of bootprints handily marked where the break in the substantial cornices were.  As with most of these things, it was steeper than I remember it (in ascent), but it was well filled, and the snow not too firm.  Half a dozen turns later, I took a hard right across the slope to the area near the Vent, then headed down.  This dodged the big crack that had extended about a third of the way across the slope from Ewen Buttress.  Some nice turns were enjoyed all the way back to the lochan on sun softenend snow.  After a delay locating a glove that had blown out onto the ice and behind the last reachable boulder, trainers were back on, and I was back to the car before 7pm, and in time to read bedtime stories. 

Ryvoan Bothy.
The view from the top.
A quick trip up Creagan Gorm as well.
The visibility was improving on the way down.
Later in the afternoon, these guys were hanging about the path into the Northern Corries.
The Couloir, with the big crack forming from its base across the top of the Great Slab.
Looking down into The Couloir from the plateau.
On the little col, about to slide in.
Admiring my tracks :o)
Coire an Lochain.
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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