13th February 2022
(Above) The Big Picture. Looking west to Puist Coire Ardair and Sron a Ghoire. Snow cover is holding up well on any aspect with North & East on it at the moment (ie NE, SE etc). Other aspects look quite mottled or bare. There was a bit of a meltdown yesterday but reasonable cover persists above about 600m, though it is a bit moist/wet/patchy down low.
(Above) Great to meet two enthusiastic and committed ski tourers using two wheels for mechanical advantage in their quest for a couple of hours of snow sport in Coire Chriochairein. I think they had to ditch the bikes somewhere close to where the main Coire Ardair path meets the glade of old birch trees. Beyond this point minor snowdrifts made passage on a bike ‘quite challenging’, shall we say.
Bikes can be a huge time saver if the main path is more or less clear of snow. As we are in the midst of half term there are, unsurprisingly, a fair number of people using the path. So if you are pedalling in or out of Coire Ardair please make sure you alert pedestrians courteously of your presence, especially when approaching from behind. Always give way (uphill & downhill) as pedestrians have priority, and pass them at walking speed. Simple courtesies buy a lot of goodwill.
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