the general situation


It's snowing...

This Report for the Scottish Highlands was issued at
11.21hrs Saturday 4th October 2014.
Autumn's advancing... that means we'll be announcing the Scottish dates and tickets going on sale for Warren Miller's NO TURNING BACK later next week - watch this space as they say.

A cold front passed through in the early hours has brought a further drop in temperature that will no doubt come to a shock after a barmy September. With a slack flow and light winds this morning the temperature at the Summit AWS on CairnGorm was -1.2°c at 10am with snow showers, which are lying in the Top Basin of the snowsports area.

No lying snow yet visible at Glencoe, the air temperature is a shade below 1°c with the dew point near -1°c, so showers should be wintry on the Summit there so likely to be fresh snow on the tops of the mountains of the Nevis Range - but they are in cloud at present.

If you are not quite done with your summer pursuits yet, the downhill mountain bike tracks at Glencoe re-open on Monday 11th October and will be open daily weather permitting through to close of play on Sunday 2nd November. Cafe at Glencoe has gone to it's autumn opening hours of 9am to 4.30pm and will return to 8.30pm in December (or before if the Season gets underway earlier). During the rest of the autumn Hobbit Houses are just 30 pounds a night.

:: 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 Mon 7th from 7.30pm
Save the Ciste campaign will be in the Doo Below from Monday 6th October for a couple of hours from 7.30pm.

The campaign would love to speak to as many people as possible, particularly skiers, snowboarders and mountain bikers. Save the Ciste would also be particularly interested in hearing from those with a keen interest in freestyle snowsports regarding potential additional terrain park facilities on CairnGorm Mountain.

:: Mountain Weather Outlook
Much colder than recently over the coming days with wintry showers on the Munros falling as snow on the higher tops, with the freezing level fluctuating around the higher summits. Light winds on Saturday morning will start to freshen later with Monday looking the stormiest. Our full outlook discussion and the 5 day summary forecasts will return in December (or sooner if significant snow arrives earlier).

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.