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WInd easing overnight, fine start to week. Glencoe and Glenshee look best and brightest.

This Report for the Scottish Highlands was issued at
20.25hrs Sunday 18th March 2018.
Strong winds continued on Sunday, but the forecast is much more promising Monday and Tuesday so get up in the next 2 days if you can! Glencoe fully open Sunday will have a head start and should have some of the brightest overhead. Glenshee loaded with fresh Meall Odhar and Sunnyside.

Don't forget to check out the Pix from the Slopes, Public Reports and the forum for further information and photos.

After a run of stormy days we have a couple of days of light to moderate winds to start the week, so Monday and Tuesday are looking like the days to get up as things start to break down and the wind increase once again on Wednesday. Some beautiful powdery snow, but also tracts of icy hardpack due to wind scouring across the areas, best conditions on groomers or lee aspects / gullies, but sharp edges will make a more widely enjoyable experience!

Glencoe was fully open on Sunday so will have a head start on Monday morning with all uplift planned. From half way up the Access Chair there is extensive cover, such that on the Plateau and above it is largely ride anywhere cover. The Main Basin, Happy Valley, Mugs Alley and the Wall being groomed mid and upper mountain, on the Plateau all the green trails are being extensively groomed each morning. Mix of exposed hardpacked base and windblown fresh off the groomers.

Glencoe is still able to offer Summit to Moor riding with 2400ft of lifted vertical but the base on the low level Red Access run is very hard. Blue Access Run is better option. Top third of red, section of Weasel Track and blue groomed to the bottom of Weasel Gully.

Glenshee has received the most new snow over recent days and the bulk of it has landed on the Western aspects, so loads of windblown fresh on Meall Odhar and Sunnyside. When the Meall Odhar Poma opened on Sunday the whole West facing flank of Meall Odhar was just one big playground. Elsewhere the groomers are smoothing out the transition between soft new snow and the hard base, but some areas are hardpacked and icy where facing into the recent wind. Expect to open Coire Fionn during Monday, but Glas Maol needs a lot of work and will probably not open Monday.

CairnGorm was only able to open the Carpark and Cas Tows due to the continuing high wind and work was ongoing to dig out the Funciular on Sunday afternoon though the expectation is it should open Monday. Carpark Run was decent on Sunday but above the Gunbarrel Coire Cas was stripped to icy hardpack and was reported to be pretty brutal with the fresh snow just not sticking. Reports from those who ventured above the open tows say the M2 from the corner of the Daylodge Poma is wind polished ice and much of the White Lady is similar. Cas Gunbarrel was good, so there is hope the Ciste Gully caught a ton of fresh but that is to be confirmed, but the WWP uptrack maybe very icy judging by reports from around the hill.

Nevis Range was closed for snowsports on Sunday due to the continuing high winds, but the forecast is light and variable winds Monday. Nevis has seen the least fresh snow the past couple of days so the best conditions are likely to be on the groomers while off the prepared areas will be hardpacked and often icy.

The Lecht has caught most new snow on the Buzzard side, but between the fences on the main side conditions are pretty decent with the machines loosening up the base and spreading out the fresh trapped by the fences. Good cover on all runs and superb condition on the beginner area. South side of A939 Lecht Pass still closed at dusk, but drifting should ease up overnight.

:: Club Fields
Lowther Hill Ski Club run the Lowther Hill Tow last Sunday, members will get an email if there is any opening planned this weekend. You must join to use the facilities.

In England all the clubfields were open last Sunday. Weardale was marginal and needs more snow to re-open. Cover is holding out better at Yad Moss, so should be a decent base along the fences for whatever new snow falls in the coming days.

Allenheads decided on Tuesday not to run to preserve the thinning snow cover in the hope some would hold on to provide a base for what might fall in the coming days.

Find out more:

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

:: Mountain Forecast Discussion
High pressure will be centered over Highland Scotland to start next week, so some fine days with light winds on Monday and Tuesday. Light NE wind in the Cairngorms on Monday will bring flurries into the Northern Cairngorms, while brighter spells should develop towards the Southern Cairngorms. Should be extensive Sun above an possible inversion mist in the West nearer the Coast, light and variable winds in the West. Rising a couple of degrees to be around -4 to -5°c at Munro Level.

Tuesday should be more widely bright and looks at present to be the best of the next few days, though detail could always change. Light NW wind in the East, but still light and variable in the West. Minus 3 to -4°c at Munro Level.

A frontal system will bring a probably brief milder spell later Wednesday, this should be preceded by some snow showers during the day in the West, moving Eastwards later. Winds will strengthen through the day, and the freezing level will rise above the tops either late afternoon or through the evening for a spell with some rain showers around and Gales continuing.

With current indications favouring a narrow or occluding warm sector overnight, it looks as if the freezing level will be back below Munro Level at some point on Thursday with snow showers following in from the West, perhaps becoming more organised on Friday.

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

CAIRNGORM: Loch Morlich and Aviemore Cams online.

GLENCOE: All mountain and base cams are online.

NEVIS: Front and Coire Dubh cams online. Having some mobile network comms still affecting summit.

Glencoe // Sat 17th Mar
Snowy at times, blowy, but brightened up late in the day at Glencoe.
Glencoe // Tue 13th Mar
Meall a' Bhuiridh in fantastic condition as seen from the Plateau Poma.
Glenshee // Sun 11th Mar
All uplift open and great terrain options for all ability levels across the 4 mountains.
Glencoe // Sun 11th Mar
Bluebird up top with epic views across an expansive sea of inversion mist below.
The Lecht // Sun 11th Mar
All runs have great cover and superb for learning with the nursery slopes just seconds from all the facilities.
Glencoe // Fri 9th Mar
Epic Friday after 4-5 inches fresh with considerable drifting overnight. Sunday best overhead for weekend, but could be freshies on Saturday if wind allows play.
Glenshee // Sun 4th Mar
Still snowing and also blowing, which delayed the road from the South for several hours on Sunday morning.
The Lecht // Tue 27th Feb
Fresh snow and sunny spells between the snow showers, but due to the severity of the forecast the Lecht will be shut on Wednesday. Should be fantastic riding when the weather eases! :)
Northern Cairngorms Outlook
Monday 19th March
FL: Surface.  Flurries
914m: -5°c NE 15 gust 30mph
Tuesday 20th March
FL: 1000ft.  Part Cloudy
914m: -4°c NW 20 gust 30mph
  19.56hrs Sun 18th Mar
West Highlands Outlook
Monday 19th March
FL: Surface.  Inversion
914m: -4°c Var. 10-15mph
Tuesday 20th March
FL: 1500ft.  Inversion
914m: -3°c Little or No Wind.
  19.55hrs Sun 18th Mar
Southern Cairngorms Outlook
Monday 19th March
FL: 1000ft.  Part Cloudy
914m: -4°c NE 10 gust 20mph
Tuesday 20th March
FL: 1500ft.  Sunny
914m: -3°c NW 10 gust 20mph
  19.56hrs Sun 18th Mar
Lowther Hill Outlook
Sunday 18th March
FL: 500ft.  Part Cloudy
725m: -5°c East 30-50mph
Monday 19th March
FL: 2500ft.  Part Cloudy
725m: -3°c ENE 15 gust 30mph
  18.54hrs Sat 17th Mar