Bank Holiday Weekend turns will need to be earned.
Glencoe served up the last lift served snowsports of the 2021/22 Scottish Season last Sunday, snow cover has not changed much through this week but there is not quite enough left at the top and bottom of the Main Basin T-bar to reopen for a final fling.
Still turns to be had in the West but you will have to hike from the top of the Access Chair or Nevis Range Gondola.
At Glencoe the Main Basin and the Spring Run are pretty much complete, with the option of coming down Ski Tow Gully from the Main Basin. Mid mountain there are breaks now on the Wall and the Canyon, but either provides a route down most of the mid mountain level for returning to the Access Chair.
Though there has not been any lifts running on the mountain this week and thus only very limited skier traffic, bumps remain on the Main Basin, particularly below Island Rock through the Haggis Trap.
Limited sledging is still possible on snow above the Snow Factory beside the Coire Pollach Tow at Glencoe, but it is a 12 minute walk from the top of the chairlift for a short patch. Alternatively summer tubing is now up and running at weekends, this should be booked to avoid dissapointment by calling 01855 851226.
At 8pm in the West at Glencoe it was +4.3°c at 1097m on Meall a Bhuiridh with a South Westerly at 7 gusting 15mph, the dew point was 2.4°c. Over in the East The Cairnwell Summit AWS was reporting +3.8°c and the wind was SW at 9mph.
Unfortunately after a largely fine week in the Highlands with high pressure dominating, a shallow low pressure system will give a poor day on Saturday, particularly in the West. The day should start dry, but any early brightness will quickly fade and showers will develop by mid to late morning, these merging into more prolonged rainfall for the afternoon. Around +3 to +5°c at Munro Level through early afternoon, SW wind at 30mph gusting 45mph, but gusts over 50mph through the Northern Cairngorms where the rain should be more showery in nature and later in arriving.
A progressively better day on Sunday, remaining drizzly rain should fizzle out and later cloud cover should thin to give some bright or sunny spells. Slightly warmer than Saturday with Munro Level temperature of +6 to +7°c. Fresh Southerly winds will fall light and variable in the West.
May Day holiday Monday should be a largely dry day with variable amounts of cloud, but some afternoon showers could pop up. Light NW wind in the East Highlands, light and variable wind in the West. Plus 4 to +6°c at Munro Level.
Lowther Hill: Leadhills village camera at the Hopetoun Arms is back online after a site visit to fix a network issue after some works at the hotel. The summit webcam requires a further volunteer work party to restore to service.
CAIRNGORM: Loch Morlich webcam is now hosted on a streaming service, please visit lochmorlich.com . We are also looking for a partner to host an in town Aviemore camera.
GLENCOE: Sledge Park camera has been moved to the temporary spring sledge park by the top half of the Coire Pollach Tow a short distance above the Plateau Cafe. Summit webcam is now back in service on a temporary connection.