Only a few tickets left for Stirling screening of TICKET 2 RIDE...
More than just a snowsports film, every Winterhighland night on the Warren Miller TICKET 2 RIDE ski and board film tour is a celebration of winter, complete with Intermission Prize Giveaway. There's three Scottish dates still to go, Tue 10th Dec at Stirling, Thu 12th Dec at Aviemore and Tue 17th Dec at Inverness.
All dates and to get your tickets today: www.winterhighland.info/ticket2ride
CairnGorm Mountain opened for limited early season snowsports on Saturday with the Ciste Tow serving the Ciste Fairway, but the Westerly cross wind was too strong to run the T-bar on Sunday. With no mid-week snowsports this week (and apart from Monday the wind forecast suggests it wouldn't be happening anyway) and increasingly mild temperatures then it looks as if we are back in the waiting game.
A deepening area of low pressure attempts to push in next weekend but slides off NE in the recent model runs, but it could introduce some spells of colder air either side of the warm sector - leading on some runs to quite dramatic thaw/freeze cycling. It could potentially be a classic early season base building storm, but it could at this range be a complete damp squib. Indications are growing for a cooler variety of zonality after the weekend, but that is still pretty tentative.
Before people get too down on the weather outlook for the week ahead, it's still early December and historically any sliding before Christmas should be seen as a bonus in Highland Scotland, plus there are some similarities between late Feb / early March 12 and now in the longwave weather pattern and remember what followed. Remember also not much of interest before the start of the 2010 season either and it was a fairly slow burn until the start of the Christmas period.
While everyone is chomping at the bit to get going for the new season and happy to dodge rocks on a single strip of snow for that first fix of the season, it's worth keeping in mind the mantra that 'Spring is King'. It so often is in the Scottish Highlands, more reliable snow cover, better conditions, less severe weather and longer daylight, plus frequently quieter slopes. If you put your toys away before March was out last year (or even during April), take a look back through the spring photo galleries from April and May 2013.
In the meantime while we wait for winter to return to the mountains, you can get an early winter snow fix with Warren Miller's Ticket to Ride, this week in Stirling (Tuesday - only a few tickets left) and Aviemore (Thursday), the Scottish tour finishes up where we began at Eden Court, Inverness on Tue 17th Dec.
The Coire Cas Gunbarrel webcam at the Base of the Cas T-bar on CairnGorm is now back online for winter as electrical installation work on the new electronic drive controller has been completed.
Power is now restored at Glencoe, but at the moment only the base cafe webcam is working. It's not currently known whether the problem with the other cameras is still with the ADSL line or more serious after the storm. Will update this message when we have more info and will be onsite mid-week.
A problem with Three which was affecting the Nevis Summit cams has been resolved and these are back online - though we are aware that the cam timing is out and they are shutting down to early. If more significant snow arrives we will try and get up to fix the timing, otherwise it will be done when the Gondola reopens for winter.
The planned delivery of a broadband line to Mountain Spirit has been delayed again, so afraid still no Aviemore webcam. Our Loch Morlich Cam has come back online after a power outage, but we are not receiving weather data and it wont be possible to gain access to this till mid-month.
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This autumn Winterhighland is taking the Warren Miller Film Tour to even more venues around Scotland, with 10 Winterhighland screenings, plus Black Diamond shows in Edinburgh and Glasgow.
As always much more than just a film, it's a bit of a party to mark the arrival of Winter, with a great intermission prize giveaway. The Winterhighland screenings still to come are:
• Stirling Tue 10th Dec - Selling fast, buy your tickets soon.
• Aviemore Thu 12th Dec
• Inverness Tue 17th Dec
Full Details and tickets: www.winterhighland.info/ticket2ride
Monday looks dry away from Western Coastal ranges, if still largely overcast - though some brightness should develop towards the N and NE Cairngorms. FL above the Summits with +4 to +5°c at 3000ft. South West 30 gusting 40mph, freshening later in and from the West.
The week ahead will be dominated by high pressure to the SE of the British Isles, allowing very mild air to be pumped around it and over Scotland with gale force SW winds. Away from Western Coastal ranges it will probably be largely dry except for Thursday when frontal systems make an attempt to cross the country. Wintry showers may follow in the West on Friday, while it may be not to bad a day though still quite windy in the East, cooler with the FL close to the highest summits.
Early indications show a potentially stormy weekend for the mountains in the North of Scotland, with periods of snow and possibly blizzards, intermixed with much milder air with driving rain at all levels. Could be a real temperature roller coaster weekend, but the detail is far from certain yet.
Check the MWIS and Met Office Mountain forecasts for 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