Carn a’Gheoidh Ski Tour

Today I tagged along with a Falkirk Community Trust Ski-Touring day. The original objective was slightly further north than the Glenshee area, but a parking spot full of snow meant a quick change of plan and having parked at the ski area we skinned up to Carn Aosda hut. A quick run down to Loch Vrotachan and then it was back on with skins for a long steady pull up to the summit of Carn a’Gheoidh.

Enjoying the easy run down to Loch Vrotachan.

Enjoying the easy run down to Loch Vrotachan.

The return was by a similar route taking in a few long traverses and finishing with a nice run down in to and then through the ski area. The cover in the ski area looked good.

There’s good snow cover on most aspects above 600m with some wind slab on almost every aspect and sastrugi and rime indicating that the winds have moved around the clock face in the last few days.

On the way out to Carn a'Gheoidh.

On the way out to Carn a’Gheoidh.

Clear with great views and only a light breeze most of the day. Cloud building from the south during the day, but no fresh snow whilst we were there. I’ll add more photos to the Climbnow Facebook page.

Glen Shee Ski Tour

Pamela, Nettle and I were out for a ski tour in the Glen Shee area today, as the East definitely seemed to be the place head again based on the weather.

Skinning up Carn Aosda

Skinning up Carn Aosda

It was raining heavily as we drove up, but 30 minutes of route planning allowed the rain to turn to snow, stop and some blue ski to appear. We skinned up through the ski area to Carn Aosda, before a good gentle run around to the the bealach above Loch Vrotachan.

Traversing on the return from Carn a'Gheoidh

Traversing on the return from Carn a’Gheoidh

We then put skins back on and headed out via Carn nan Sac to Carn a’Gheoidh in decreasing visibility and a fresh South West wind. As we descended from Carn a’Gheoidh blue skys returned and we had a delightful wind assisted ski back East then North-East before skinning up the Cairnwell in increasing winds. We finished with an excellent run back down the piste to the ski centre.

On the way up the Caurnwell with Carn nan Sac behind

On the way up the Cairnwell with Carn nan Sac behind

The overnight and early rain had stabilised the old wind slab and most of the ski-ing was on firm snow with an icey crust. We only encountered a few small areas of very localised fresh wind slab, but there was considerable wind movement of snow during the day. Snowing lightly at the road level as we left. All in all an excellent day out.