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It's drop everything Monday! This season grab every opportunity...

This Report for the Scottish Highlands was issued at
20.32hrs Sunday 17th March 2019.
Lecht is best for novices. Lecht or Glencoe for early intermediates, CairnGom or Glenshee for confident intermediates up with the Coe/Nevis best for more advanced riders. Lecht and CairnGorm had poor vis and steady snow Sunday, will have the best of the fresh Monday and better overhead.

Get an early weather check with our webcams, first images around 6.00am at this time of year.

Lots of snow fell on Saturday in light winds, but the uniform covering was anything but by Sunday morning as NW winds freshened quicker and more than expected overnight, moving lots of snow around during the night. That meant some areas gained even more deep fresh snow and there was some fantastic riding to be had with the best cover of the season on offer across the areas and Monday sees lighter winds forecast.

Glenshee initially, but less so later on and Glencoe had the best of the overhead on Sunday, while the Lecht and CairnGorm caught the most snow around 4-6 inches further fresh. As a ridge of high pressure builds in the showers are easing back and becoming increasingly scattered, so much brighter overhead for the Northern Cairngorms.

All five areas will have some good riding on offer, but with the most fresh today and better overhead on Monday the Lecht and CairnGorm will edge it as the picks for Monday. Most main runs are complete with a full width of fresh snow at the Lecht.

All areas having caught significant falls of new snow over the past few days and the most terrain of the season is on offer. Unfortunately given the forecast for the rest of the week it really is a case of drop everything on Monday and get up to one of the five Highland Snowsports areas as mild and windier conditions are due to arrive by Tuesday.

Glencoe has all runs complete, even if you were up last Monday you will be surprised by the increase in depth in places like Ski Tow Gully, the Main Basin is much wider and the Haggis Trap practically gone. There will be great riding for all ability levels with all of the triangle of green runs on the Plateau in great shape and these will all be groomed in the morning. For a fuller report see recent Pix.

Glenshee is aiming to have most of the Cairnwell lifts open on Monday except Carn Aosda T-bar. The Cairnwell Triple is giving access to the Tiger for advanced riders. Both RaceTracks are in good condition, but there are some thin / narrow bits towards and below the Cairnwell Cafe level on the open runs.

On CairnGorm the Ciste T-bar made its season debut on Saturday, but the strong NW prevented it or the West Wall Poma running on Sunday. Mid mountain in Coire Cas is in fantastic shape, wide on the upper Cas with the Zig Zags fence deep on the top two legs and grooming up nicely. Both the M1 RaceTrack and White Lady are good for advanced riders. Lower slopes improved through the day with the fresh falling snow. Ciste Gully closed, but M2 / OverYonder will open if WWP does.

At Nevis you can head out from the Top Station to the Linnhe for quicker access to the mountain via the Alpha. The Goose is wide and deep and the snow fences up from Tower 4 are largely out of sight, indeed a couple of the T-bar towers are looking markedly shorter than at the start of the week! Note, Summit Tow did not open on Sunday and is not scheduled for Monday. Quad runs will be excellent for intermediates.

:: Terrain Parks
A couple of features are out on the Linnhe at Nevis Range and there is a variety of boxes and rails on the Cafe Spur of Old Mugs Alley at Glencoe.

:: CairnGorm Funicular Closure
The CairnGorm Funicular is closed indefinitely and will not run this winter or summer while its fate is considered in an 'all options appraisal' by Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

For snowsports that means that uplift is only available on surface tows on CairnGorm. Firstly access to the Top Basin (Ptarmigan and Ciste T-bars) and Ptarmigan Restaurant is only by advanced level, steep and fast auto-stacking pomas that are only suitable for experienced riders able to cope with red graded terrain.

Secondly it means the wind threshold for lift served snowsports and reliability of access to the more snow sure Top Basin will be significantly reduced. Keep this in mind when checking forecasts and planning a trip.

:: Mountain Forecast Discussion
A transient ridge of high pressure crosses Scotland as we move into the early hours of Monday, thus as was the case last Monday it will be the best day of the week. Light WNW winds in the East and WSW later SW winds in the West. Becoming dry with any lingering snow showers not much more than a flurry and quickly clearing, though further showers might just make the Western Coastal hills late in the day ahead of a change in the weather.

Monday offers the chance to enjoy the recent snow under part cloudy skies across the areas before the weather takes a turn and not in a good way.

Winds then increase through the week with above summit freezing levels as the Azores high ridges into Southern England. Dry in the East Highlands, but damp murky conditions with snow eating drizzle will plague the West Highlands while later in the week as the winds freshen a Foehn effect will further raise temperatures on the Eastern side of the Highlands. Between +3 and +6°c at Munro Level, highest towards the NE and generally trending up through mid-week.

Early indications continue to favour a Northerly plunge next weekend, one to watch.

:: Club Fields
The LDSC Raise Poma run on Sunday and is scheduled to run on Monday from about 11 am.

Please check all club fields access Ts&Cs as day tickets are not always available and some are members only due to insurance conditions.

Find out more:

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

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

CAIRNGORM: Aviemore Cams online. Loch Morlich Cam online.

GLENCOE: Most cams online. Some storm damage to mid-mountain network / cams. Will have these back online asap but need some dry weather for what needs done.

NEVIS: Front of mountain cams online, data link functioning at summit again.

Glencoe // Sun 17th Mar
While the Spring Run and Canyon were the picks for more experineced riders there's great snowsports for all abilities at Glencoe with a fine day forecast for Monday. Don't miss out it's Mountain Monday!
Glenshee // Sat 16th Mar
Big meaty snowflakes fell much of the day. Monday last fine day before it becomes milder again - get up if you can before Tuesday!
Glencoe // Sat 16th Mar
Snow fell throughout daylight hours and more showers due overnight. Don't miss out - get up Sunday or Monday!
Glencoe // Thu 14th Mar
Storms continued Thursday but there is now good cover on all runs from the base of the Plateau Poma up and wind is forecast to drop for the weekend! Should be good riding for all abilities.
Glencoe // Sun 10th Mar
Plateau Poma early Sunday, 5-6" more snow has fallen with severe drifting since. Best day of week looks like Monday - grab the opportunity!
Glencoe // Tue 19th Feb
Ski School lessons and sledging available on machine made snow, but insufficient snow for lift served riding
The Lecht // Mon 11th Feb
Fresh snow overnight and Sunny Monday. Lecht probably best bet for Tuesday, but check the lift status in the morning due to strong winds.
CairnGorm Mtn // Mon 11th Feb
Sadly it won't be a repeat on Tuesday! High winds forecast so check uplift status AM next few days.
Northern Cairngorms Outlook
Monday 18th March
FL: 2000ft.  Part Cloudy
914m: -2°c WNW 20 gust 30mph
Tuesday 19th March
FL: >Tops.  Overcast
914m: 4°c WSW 30 gust 50mph
  19.45hrs Sun 17th Mar
West Highlands Outlook
Monday 18th March
FL: 2500ft.  Snow Showers
914m: -1°c WSW 15 gust 25mph
Tuesday 19th March
FL: >Tops.  Showers
914m: 3°c SW 20 gust 40mph
  19.44hrs Sun 17th Mar
Southern Cairngorms Outlook
Monday 18th March
FL: 2500ft.  Part Cloudy
914m: -1°c WSW 15 gust 25mph
Tuesday 19th March
FL: >Tops.  Part Cloudy
914m: 3°c WSW 20 gust 40mph
  19.47hrs Sun 17th Mar
Lowther Hill Outlook
Monday 18th March
FL: >Tops.  Wintry Showers
725m: 2°c North 10-20mph
Tuesday 19th March
FL: >Tops.  Showers
725m: 4°c WSW 20 gust 35mph
  19.48hrs Sun 17th Mar