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Very limited novice snowsports in the East

This Report for the Scottish Highlands was issued at
18.00hrs Sunday 16th January 2022.
Nothing really looks like changing for the better or worse through the coming week,, high pressure will wobble about a little Tuesday into Wednesday before building back even stronger over Highland Scotland. Limited snowsports mainly for novices on macine made snow in the East.



A fine day on the hills on Sunday and a repeat is due on Monday, before the high slips just far enough away to allow a damp, mild and windy Tuesday. Blustery NW winds will bring some flurries in on Wednesday as much colder air brushes NE Scotland, but no significant precipitation is expected in the foreseeable as high pressure overall dominates our weather.

That means we remain with very limited snowsports available in the Eastern Highlands, with CairnGorm and the Lecht offering a limited learning area adjacent to the respective Daylodges on snow-factory made snow. The only slightly longer and steeper lift served terrain on offer is the gully in which the Plastic Slope Poma sits at Glenshee, some tickets are available for during the coming week, but buy quickly if you want a slide at Glenshee as they are limited.

The slow gradual decline in remaining patchy natural snow cover has more or less stopped in cooler drier air on Sunday, despite warmer temperatures on Monday dry air and lower dew points should keep things as they are and older snowpack is likely to pretty firm apart from Tuesday.

At Glencoe the snow factory has received a replacement part that was being waited on and production should ramp up now. Currently it is topping up the sledge park, but if the weather does remain high pressure dominated it could move onto the Coire Pollach Tow.

For sledging at Glencoe it is advisable to arrive no later than 2.45pm to get a reasonable period up on the mountain due to the short days. The Plateau Cafe will be open daily wind allowing for hot / cold drinks and hot snacks.

On CairnGorm there is options for tourers further up, but the snow pack is likely to be firm apart from Tuesday, except on directly sunlit aspects which may just get some surface loosening at the right time of day.

The Lecht still has a partial base on several main runs and would not take much snow to get the Eagle and a couple of other runs back in use, but for now it is just the beginner magic carpets. Inversion conditions look likely to rule out use of the air water fan guns for much of the week.

:: Planning a visit during the 2021/22 Season?
Current Covid mitigations in Scotland mean inside capacity of cafes will be slightly lowered for the foreseeble and face coverings must be worn in indoor public spaces including hospitality in Scotland.

ADVANCE TICKET SALES:

At this time four of the ski areas are operating an online ticketing system.

Please do not travel to the ski areas without checking the ticketing situation for the specific date you are going!

Glenshee tickets for the upcoming weekend of Sat 22nd and Sun 23rd are sold out given the restricted terrain open.

Please be aware though that because of the uncertainty due to weather and wind on availability of lift served snowsports, most tickets will only be made available to purchase online a few days ahead.

Season passes remain available for CairnGorm, Glenshee, Nevis Range and the Lecht but Glencoe has reached their limit for passes having carried over all the 2020/21 passes. A small number of full price Ski Scotland all area passes also remain available, are restricted for use on CairnGorm.

:: Club Fields
All club fields are waiting for new snowfalls.

Please check all club fields access T&Cs as day tickets will be more restricted than usual this season. Weardale will be members and guests only this season in a change from the norm and season pass membership is sold out.

Yad Moss will assess day ticket availability day to day depending on snow conditions and expected membership demand - don't travel without checking the latest from the club.

Allenheads and Lowther Hill are both members only - at this time season pass membership remains available Lowther Hill. Full membership is not available for Allenheads, but a limited number of restricted memberships are, these are valid mid-week. For Raise the Lake District Ski Club are not currently taking new members, but day passes may be available subject to conditions and demand from club members.

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
www.skiclub.lowtherhills.co.uk

:: Mountain Forecast Discussion
A fine start to the new week with high pressure in control over Highland Scotland and bright or sunny overhead above an expected inversion. Moderate West wind will be gustier over the Northern Cairngorms where gusts to 50mph possible. Potentially plus 5 to +7°c above the inversion, could be some frost in sheltered glens and corries below the inversion first thing.

However the high will slip away slightly allowing a return of the drizzly clag to the West Highlands on Tuesday and also briefly the Southern Cairngorms though overhead should remain better in the NE Cairngorms. The wind looks likely to ramp up a notch, around 30 gusting 50mph, with gusts to 60 to 65mph currently expected over the Northern Cairngorms plateau areas and prone downslopes.

Day to day detail could change with subtle differences to the position of the high, but after a brush with much colder air and a few flurries on a moderating NW wind on Wednesday, settled high pressure conditions with a likely temperature inversion for the remainder of the week and currently likely through the upcoming weekend. Possibly much colder than recently at Munro Level on Thursday before summit temperatures go significantly above 0 as the inversion intensifies.

:: Webcams and Weather Stations
Lowther Hill: Leadhills Village Camera online. Summit Camera was upgraded in early summer, but there has been a comms problem. It was not possible to resolve this at a recent weekend work party.

CAIRNGORM: Loch Morlich webcam is now hosted on a streaming service, please visit lochmorlich.com . Aviemore webcams were out of service due to renovation work, we hope to restore this camera setup online after the festive period subject to covid regulations and WFH.

GLENCOE: Weather data available from 2 elevations. Mid Mountain camera is pending relocation. Due to electrical work the mid-AWS is unavailable at present. The Coire Pollach weather station has been turned off after developing a fault which requires further investigation.

NEVIS: Summit camera out of service for the time being. Goose, Top Station and base camera are now available as streaming cams at nevisrange.co.uk .

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CairnGorm Mtn // Tue 28 Dec 2021
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Above the inversion in Coire Cas.
Glencoe // Sun 05 Dec 2021
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Sledging with a view at the Plateau Cafe. Access Chair, Plateau Cafe and sledge park open daily wind permitting.
Glencoe // Tue 01 Jun 2021
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Beautiful crunchy spring snow and a colourful summer dusk on the Spring Run.
Glencoe // Wed 26 May 2021
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Looking up the upper Main Basin, good granular spring snow turns for those prepared to do the leg work! Access Chair open daily 9am to 4.15pm.
Glencoe // Mon 12 Apr 2021
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Looking up the Main Basin after dropping equipment for new summit weather station at the top!
Northern Cairngorms Outlook
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Monday 17th January
FL: >Tops.  Inversion
914m: 7°c WSW 30 gust 50mph
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Tuesday 18th January
FL: >Tops.  Overcast
914m: 3°c SW 40 gust 60mph
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  21.37hrs Sun 16th Jan
West Highlands Outlook
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Monday 17th January
FL: >Tops.  Inversion
914m: 5°c West 20-30mph
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Tuesday 18th January
FL: >Tops.  Showers
914m: 2°c SSW 30 gust 50mph
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  21.35hrs Sun 16th Jan
Southern Cairngorms Outlook
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Monday 17th January
FL: >Tops.  Inversion
914m: 6°c WSW 20 gust 30mph
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Tuesday 18th January
FL: >Tops.  Showers
914m: 4°c South 30-50mph
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  21.39hrs Sun 16th Jan
Lowther Hill Outlook
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Monday 17th January
FL: >Tops.  Inversion
725m: 5°c Little or No Wind.
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Tuesday 18th January
FL: >Tops.  Showers
725m: 5°c SSW 25 gust 40mph
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  21.41hrs Sun 16th Jan


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