Glencoe's Mid Summer Slide...
Join us at Glencoe on the Saturday for a Summer Solstice Ski and Board. Meet at the Base Cafe from 9am, the Cliffhanger Chair will run for half an hour from 10am to get people further up the mountain.
Saturday 21st June is the Summer Solstice (at 11.51am BST to be exact). With a decent dry day with light to moderate winds, but not as hot as it was earlier this week it looks like a good day for the mid summer slide at Glencoe and your last chance to get a bit of extra lift assistance for some final turns of the 2014 season!
The plan is to meet in the base cafe at Glencoe from 9am, then head up the Access Chair from 9.30, the Cliffhanger Chairlift will run from 10am to 10.30am to take skiers and boarders further up the mountain. From there you'll have to do the leg work to get further up the mountain, but it will be well worth the hike with almost the full length of the Main Basin still complete, much of it pretty wide except through Island Rock gully and the Haggis Trap.
The lower 2/3rds of the Spring Run provides a steeper run out towards the top of the Cliffhanger Chair and there is still snow on the Flypaper for those looking for a steep end to the 2014 season (most of the crevasse issues have melted out over the past month and a half, but there are still some areas to watch out for).
No middle runs remain complete but it is possible to get about half way down the Canyon and though there is a break in the middle it's possible to get down a good chunk of the Wall as an alternative to the Canyon.
Saturday also sees the first day of this weekend's SDA Downhill Race on the red bike track at Glencoe, so there's the opportunity to check out some of the action on the downhill track too.
Why not come and make a weekend off it, there is a campsite and campervan hookups at the carpark (Hobbit Houses are fully booked on Saturday). There will be a BBQ at the base of the Access Chair throughout Saturday and the cafe is open late with food served till 7.30pm.
In terms of snow cover elsewhere there are also options at Nevis Range for a mid-summer ski, there is still a decent length run in Goose Gully and over the back Summit Gully has seen some action in the past week (but it's a much longer undertaking). It's the Ten under the Ben on Saturday and the enduro downhill on Sunday at Nevis Range, so it will be busy there too.
The Ciste Gully on CairnGorm was still offering a decent run at the start of the week, the mid-section still fairly wide, but the run is much shorter than this time last year (which was an exceptional year for the Ciste Gully). Do remember there is a mountain river below though, unsure how it's been affected by the warm weather during the week.
If you are heading to Glencoe on Saturday, see you on the hill (or in the cafe for a bacon roll to start the day).
Having an issue getting images to upload from the Glencoe network since yesterday afternoon, will be on site later today to investigate further. New load balanced internet connection to try to make up for painfully slow ADSL lines might be causing ftp to fail. Will post updates on twitter when we know more.
Expecting a dry day on Saturday, but overcast at Glencoe with perhaps a bit of mist on the tops early doors. Should brighten up later in the morning with a chance of some sunny spells developing in the afternoon. At the Summit around +7°c expected, so not as warm as it has been which is probably welcome for the up hill bits! Light to moderate winds around 15mph from the West, gusts to 20-25mph on the tops.
Check the MWIS and Met Office Mountain forecasts fr the latest detailed area mountain weather outlooks.
Glencoe: 01855 851226 www.glencoemountain.co.uk
Nevis Range: 01397 705825 www.nevisrange.co.uk
Lecht: 01975 651440 www.lecht.co.uk
CairnGorm: 01479 861261 www.cairngormmountain.co.uk
Glenshee: 013397 41320 www.ski-glenshee.co.uk