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It's snowing!! Join us in Stirling on Sunday for Warren Miller's FACE of WINTER.

This Report for the Scottish Highlands was issued at
21.38hrs Monday 21st January 2019.
The Warren Miller film tour rounds off with a Winterhighland screening of FACE of WINTER at Macrobert, Stirling on Sunday 27th January at 7.30pm. Join us to celebrate winter finally arriving. Get your tickets now!

Explore http://warrenmiller.co.uk for dates and tickets.

Snow and steadily increasing winds edged into the Western mountains early afternoon and bands of snow have continued to push in through the evening with significant drifting and snow falling to below Rannoch Moor in the West as the temperature dropped with the front.

Radar returns suggest that around 4-5 inches has fallen so far at Glencoe, 5-6 inches at Nevis Range, while falls have been lighter in the East with Glenshee on the boundary between somewhat heavier precipitation to the South and patchier showers reaching the Northern Cairngorms. Radar data indicates around a couple of inches at Glenshee and more showers may reach through the night.

While less snow has reached the Northern Cairngorms Southerly winds attained Violent Storm Force 11 for a time on CairnGorm, thus even relatively light snowfall will have resulted in drifting off the higher plateau areas into the snowsports area. Since winds peaked between 5 and 6pm they have been on a slowly downwards trajectory as has the temperature with -5°c at CairnGorm Summit at time of update.

The increasing wind closed the Access Chair at Glencoe and Gondola at Nevis, also put off the Carpark T-bar on CairnGorm. With wind speeds moderating overnight wind shouldn?t be an issue on Tuesday.

However at dusk the situation remained that lift served riding was still restricted to terrain with machine made snow at Glencoe, the Lecht and CairnGorm (which though open tot he public requires day tickets to be reserved in advance until the full length of the Carpark Tow is available). Glenshee was running standing classes on machine made snow for groups but not yet enough down for uplift on Monday.

For Tuesday the expectation is that the Coire Pollach Tow at Glencoe will be running for Old Mugs Alley with the Access Chair for well access! There is great sledging by the Plateau Cafe which is open daily.

CairnGorm will have the Carpark T-bar (around 200m of it) and the beginner rope tow by the Daylodge on machine made snow. The Lecht will have both magic carpets open with excellent cover on the nursery slopes.

Over recent days aside from some brief milder blips as occlusions came through the thing of note is that we are experiencing the biggest burst of snow making operations in terms of scale, amount of plant and geographic spread in the history of mechanised snowsports in Highland Scotland. The biggest snow making operation and one of historical note is underway on CairnGorm with a large snow factory and 13 various modern automated TechnoAlpin fan guns across the lower slopes. This is in a different league to anything done so far in terms of snow making capacity and in terms of ambition since the ill fated (and arguably unlucky with timing) Mar Lodge ski area in the 1960s.

This should be a good news story, but the reason why we have finally got here is less so with the Funicular out of action for the whole season and now today the confirmation that the West Wall Poma and Ciste T-bar are also out of service until improvements have been signed off by the HSE.

This could be a big year though for the future of snow making in Scotland. This cold spell, the lack of wintry weather to date and the uplift situation on CairnGorm with no Funicular means all eyes will be on the modern plant and what it can do to keep the Carpark T-bar running this season.

:: HIE retakes control of CairnGorm Mountain
Of course the big news in Scottish Snowsports this autumn has been what has been unfolding on CairnGorm. With CML going into administration and the Funicular remaining out of operation. The initial engineering assessment of the Funicular which was delayed several times has been received by HIE and is being reviewed by civil engineers from the Highland Council. HIE have pledged to release the findings after these discussions to understand the scale and scope of the problems with the Funicular.

Mid December HIE took control of operations from the administrators and CairnGorm Mountain?s operator is once again in public ownership.

Snow making kit on CairnGorm represents a 1 million pound investment by HIE in an attempt to mitigate the extent of the economic damage of the CairnGorm Funicular situation on the local communities.

:: Warren Miller Film Tour
If winter puts a smile on your face, it?s something you had in common with the late, great Warren Miller. This season don?t miss Warren Miller's Face of Winter , the 69th annual film from Warren Miller Entertainment. Visit some of Warren?s favorite locations, from Engleberg, Switzerland to Chamonix, British Columbia to Alaska, Chile, Iceland, New Zealand, Washington and more.

Watch world-class skiers like Jessie Diggins and catch big mountain athletes like Anna Segal, Dash Longe, Forrest Jillson, Amie Engerbretson, Seth Wescott, Jim Ryan, Marcus Caston and others as they carve down the faces of remote mountain ranges and come together to pay tribute to the man who started it all and celebrate a life lived in high places.

Join us to continue the legacy this season and explore warrenmiller.co.uk for more.

:: Mountain Forecast Discussion
Winds will moderate significantly overnight into Tuesday. A mix of Sunny spells and snow showers in the East Highlands, though few making it to the Southern Cairngorms but frequent convective snow showers continuing at times to merge together into longer spells of snow on Western Coastal mountains as temperatures drop further bringing the freezing level down to the surface away from the coastal zone. Minus 6 to possibly -7°c later at Munro Level, perhaps a degree or two higher South Eastern most parts of the Cairngorms.

Moderate NW wind for Wednesday will bring a mix of sunny spells and snow showers in to the West Highlands and Northern Cairngorms, while SE Highlands likely to be dry. Clusters of snow showers, so exactly how much precipitation might fall where is a bit uncertain. Cold and sub-zero at most levels away from the Coast with -6°c expected at Munro Level.

Indications are Thursday will now be dry but with the wind backing Westerly the brightest overhead will be towards the Eastern Cairngorms. There is an unusually large divergence in forecast scenarios in terms of outcome for Highland mountains by later Thursday into Friday, as much as 12°c spread in 850hpa temperatures both in operational runs between different models and within specific models ensemble sets.

It will be a very close run thing with slight difference in the synoptic set up having a big impact on temperature, this means warm and much colder air in close proximity which could sow the seeds for a deeper low pressure than currently projected.

A snap thaw/freeze would not be a bad thing providing the mild is short. The balance of model output returns the cold relatively swiftly and then sustained below average temperatures for the rest of January.

:: Club Fields
We will update on Club Field conditions as and when there is snow to report on. Lowther Hills Ski Club is building a clubhouse at present and there are regular work parties, club members that can help with any work parties please get in touch with the club!

Find out more:

www.yadmoss.co.uk 01228 561634
ski-allenheads.co.uk 0191 5974 174
www.skiweardale.com 01388 317767
www.ldscsnowski.co.uk

:: Webcams and Weather Stations
Lowther Hill: Off grid Summit Camera and Leadhills Village Camera online.

CAIRNGORM: Aviemore Cams online. Loch Morlich Cam online.

GLENCOE: All cams online. Coire Pollach and Summit cams have had a service to deal with recent misting of the lens covers.

NEVIS: Front of mountain cams online. Currently no network connectivity at the top of Braveheart, network upgrades in the area are imminent.

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Northern Cairngorms Outlook
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Tuesday 22nd January
FL: Surface.  Snow Showers
914m: -6°c WNW 25 gust 40mph
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Wednesday 23rd January
FL: Surface.  Snow Showers
914m: -6°c NW 20 gust 30mph
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West Highlands Outlook
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Tuesday 22nd January
FL: 1000ft.  Snow
914m: -5°c WNW 20 gust 35mph
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Wednesday 23rd January
FL: 500ft.  Snow Showers
914m: -6°c NW 15 gust 25mph
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