the general situation


The clocks have gone back, anticipation levels rising!

This Report for the Scottish Highlands was issued at
22.04hrs Wednesday 29th October 2014.
Winter's getting closer and so is the Scottish premiere of Warren Miller's NO TURNING BACK at Eden Court, Inverness on Mon 10th Nov at 8pm. www.winterhighland.info/warrenmiller for all dates and tickets. As always great intermission prize giveaways!

October is drawing to a close and there was a dusting of snow on the tops in the West this morning and though that's now cleared, the forecast models are teasing us with hints of a cold spell spilling down from the North as we go through the first week of November. Certainly one to keep an eye on.

Anticipation of the season ahead always rises with the clocks going back, last year we only had to wait till 9th November for the season to get underway. What a season it turned out to be, incredible snow falls day after day after day, particularly big out West and at Glenshee. We'd take the snow again, but just a bit less wind particularly at weekends please!

It's less than 2 weeks till the first of Winterhighland's Screenings of Warren Miller's NO TURNING BACK, on Mon 10th November at Eden Court Theatre, Inverness. We're kicking off 2 weeks earlier this year to fit in more dates across Scotland including the biggy at the Glasgow IMAX...

As always every Winterhighland screening is more than just a snowsports film. it's a celebration of the approaching winter, complete with intermission prize giveaway and an opportunity to meet up with fellow snowlovers over an intermission refreshment or two.

We've got 14 shows in total, with 4 new venues for us, Thurso Cinema, Moray Playhouse in Elgin, Dominion Cinema in Edinburgh at the IMAX at Glasgow Science Centre.

Tickets are on sale at www.winterhighland.info/warrenmiller . Tickets are selling particularly quickly for Edinburgh, so don't hang about - get yours today.

:: Season Passes
If you get up 4-6 days a year, it's worth having a think about getting a season ticket. With breakeven around 8-9 days, if your getting around half that or more with day tickets, a Season Ticket will more likely than not see you get out enough days to be in profit!

You have the non financial plus points of no ticket queues and flexibility to turn up and go when you please, grab a few hours in the morning, over lunch, or a couple of hours late afternoon. Trips you wouldn't do if you have to buy a full day ticket.

Remaining deadlines for Early Bird Discounts for 2014 Season Passes:

• Glencoe: 31st October 2014
• Glenshee: 31st October 2014
• Nevis Range: 110h November 2014

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:: Gairngorm Ski Club Sale
This year's annual Cairngorm Ski Club snowsports equipment sale is on Saturday 8th November at Macdonald's Dalfaber Golf and Country Club in Aviemore. Full details by clicking the banner.

:: Save the Ciste - Doo Below
A big thank you to everyone who popped into the Doo Below earlier in October to chat with the Save the Ciste Campaign. As the group develops an outline proposal for the redevelopment of Coire na Ciste to put it back at the heart of snowsports on CairnGorm Mountain, further such engagements are planned. Follow Save the Ciste on Facebook for updates.

:: Mountain Weather Outlook
Our mountain weather outlooks will return in December or sooner if the weather gets interesting.

A couple of milder days coming up before things cool down enough for showers to be wintry on the tops over the weekend, early indications of a more meaningful cold spell as we move through next week, but a big spread in the forecast ensembles signalling a lot of uncertainty.

Check the MWIS and Met Office Mountain forecasts fr the latest detailed area mountain weather outlooks.

:: Scottish Snowsport Areas: Snowphones & Websites
Glencoe: 01855 851226
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
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CairnGorm Mtn // Sat 4th Oct
Dusting of autumnal snow on CairnGorm for my October turns - 12 consecutive months sliding on the 'Gorm since opening day last November.
Harwood // Sun 14th Sep
Drive of the former Harwood Tow getting pulled out of the engine shed prior to transport to Lowther Hill at Wanlockhead in Southern Scotland.
CairnGorm Mtn // Sun 31st Aug
About to bag some late August turns on one of the smaller patches at the Ciste Mhearaidh.
Glencoe // Sat 21st Jun
A busy Main Basin on the Summer Solstice.
Glencoe // Fri 16th May
Tourer gets his reward with first tracks of the morning in the deep Spring Snow in the Main Basin.
CairnGorm Mtn // Mon 5th May
Into the Ciste Gully with lift assistance for one last time for the 2014 Season - superb run with upto 1600ft vertical still possible.