Nevis Range December 2010
Although it is too early to predict such a conclusion, with the earliest opening of the ski areas already approaching two months of operation, the fact that all areas were open through the crucial Christmas and New Year holidays is certainly a positive sign.
Last season although Cairngorm had record-breaking snow, the excessive falls actually led to a prolonged closure of the area affecting business negatively until the slopes were dug out. So far this season more moderate falls have provided top to bottom skiing enabling the centre to operate most days.
All of CairnGorm Mountain's uplift except for the West Wall Poma and all areas of the mountain are currently normally open except for the West Wall and Gullies. It is however possible to ski down Coire Laogh Mor. Pisted runs are reported to be skiing really well with fresh pisted powder on a firm base.
The resort recommends guests buy tickets at Aviemore Ski and Board Hire in Aviemore (01479 811711) before going up to the slopes in order to get round queues there or buy online and bring cash and pay for tickets at the cash only desk.
Volunteer ski ambassadors are running free guided tours of the hill daily at 11.30 and 2.00pm. Meet them on the top platform at these times if you want join one of these tours. They wear bright yellow jackets. Off-piste skiers should be aware there is still a considerable avalanche risk.
At Nevis Range over 25cm of snow fell on Monday morning giving great powder skiing and improving conditions at all levels. The main runs have been pisted but others have been left for the powder hounds. However the Back Corrie is closed due high avalanche danger.