Every office across the land that has at least one skier or boarder will no doubt have seen productivity drop and bandwidth use rocket today! Snow falling on the webcams at the start of the first significant cold snap of the autumn, yes there was some snow last week and at the start of the Month, but this week things are ramping up another level!
There are weather warnings out from the Met Office for Tuesday, lots of chatter in the weather forums and a real buzz is building. Fellow skiers and boarders… winter is getting closer and for the fist time this new season, the slats on the Ski Club hut’s decks have vanished beneath fresh fluffy snow!
SSC Hut Balcony slats vanish under the snow for the first time this season!
Don’t miss out on your chance to get yourself a brand new Navy or Black Winterhighland Beanie. These beanies feature the Winterhighland* snowflake logo on a single layer style (no turn up this time), so great to use on the hill or for more everyday use.
Beanies will be available for dispatch in the second half of November, but get your order in as numbers are limited, we also have Karabiner Keyrings, various Winterhighland T-shirts and Baseball caps, some potential stocking fillers for Christmas.
Winterhighland’s blog has been upgraded to the latest version of Word Press after a few tears this evening, and more importantly only registered Winterhighland members who are logged in to the site can post comments. This should hopefully reduce the amount of spam posts (was in the region of 100s every week though many caught caught in the WordPress moderation net) but without the inconvenience of using a different (ie WordPress’ own) login system for the blog.
It’s sounding pretty damn wild outside even in Inverness, it’s gusting to 50 at the relatively sheltered ski club hut location on CairnGorm, while at the tunnel mouth its rattling in at a steady 80 with higher gusts! It’s currently dry, but the FL is above the summit now and it wont stay dry for too much longer.
The snow on Friday is going to get a shift as this weeks autumnal roller coaster continues, but a longer cold spell will sweep in behind this depression with more snow on Sunday, possibly to quite low levels later in the day. Winter’s coming….
October has marked it’s arrival with the first Snows of the upcoming winter, as a Northerly Plunge sends temperatures diving. Thursday saw the first reasonable covering of snow on the higher tops of the Cairngorms, and there’s also a smattering on the tops in the West.
It all add’s to the excitement and anticipation at the season ahead, but don’t get too carried away just yet – winter proper is officially 11 weeks away yet, that said it’s another sign of the seasons unstoppable march back to winter.
The past two seasons started the last weekend of November (2006/07) and first weekend of December (2007/08) on CairnGorm Mountain with lasting snow, though cover became more limited in the run up and around Christmas both years.
You can now watch how things are shaping up this autumn with our mid-mountain webcams and live weather real-time weather station on CairnGorm Mountain which are now back online following completion of the reinstatement works to flood damage on the hill road (which necessitated the switch off of the power supply for safety). Our cams and AWS are situated in the Scottish Ski Club Hut at 2500ft near the foot of the White Lady.
CairnGorm Mountain has also installed an automatic weather station and two new webcams for the new season, these can be viewed at www.cairngormmountain.com/web-cam and the AWS is located just under 1000ft above the SSC one at the Tunnel Mouth.
The First Snow at the Mid-Station:
See also Pix from the Slopes for a couple of photos from up top on Thursday 2nd October.