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Bluebird Easter, Monday looks not bad either!

This Report for the Scottish Highlands was issued at
17.27hrs Sunday 20th April 2014.
East to SE winds will freshen a bit for the start of the new week, thus the West is likely to get the brightest and Sunniest overhead. CairnGorm, Nevis and Glencoe open daily for snowsports.

A simply fantastic Easter Day on the slopes at CairnGorm, Glencoe and Nevis Range. For Monday once again the snow is expected to firm up overnight as diurnal freeze / thaw cycling continues, follow the Sun in the morning but as things loosen up the spring snow should be fantastic.

Do keep in mind it's as strong now as mid August and the snow greatly amplifies it, decent factor suncream and eye protection are essential!

As it has been most of the season, Glencoe remains way ahead in terms of cover, with a still very substantial depth of snow on much of the front of Meall a' Bhuiridh.

With lots of fun lines to be ridden all over the front of Meall a' Bhuiridh once the snow loosens up and with the good weather queues have not been an issue as folk are spreading out far and wide despite it being a holiday period.

With the Haggis Trap still buried under deep snow the Main Basin is a wide motorway top to bottom. Both the Main Basin and Happy Valley offer wide groomed lines in the morning, but small bumps form late in the day on the slightly steeper lower pitch of the Main Basin (where the Haggis Trap used to be). Mugs Alley is wide back to the Cliffhanger Chair (and Wall T-bar) for those looking for a long green and the Bunny Run / High Road are wide and easy going too. Once the Sun gets to work the Flypaper and East Ridge are fantastic, check with patrol for the latest. Beware of the crevasses, those on the Flypaper are marked, but the East Ridge beyond the patrolled area are not.

The Plateau Poma uptrack is broken so unless the air temperature drops enough to move snow around, a short walk to the Plateau Cafe will be required on Monday, but remember the walk is over the gently undulating plateau, is shorter than the Poma and takes between 6 and 10mins.

CairnGorm is the place to go if looking for green or easier blue terrain, or for park features with the Ptarmigan Park having a range of features for all abilities and there's also the Marquis Well halfpipe, situated just above the Ptarmigan Tow. Check out the Pix from Saturday of the park features.

The Ciste and Ptarmigan Bowls retain great cover, but the Fairway has no snow, below the Top Station. So for a longer green try the Ciste Bowl instead. If you are comfortable with the Ciste Bowl, Coire Cas is perfect for you and it's been much quieter, Traverse is good and Coire Cas had the best spring snow at the weekend.

White Lady (red) remains in good shape once onto the Lady proper, but the M1 SideTrack approach requires care as it's thin with rocks showing. The Ciste Gully and West Wall are in superb shape, but now the preserve of those willing to hike or skin up. If you can't arrange a lift from the Ciste, up the old track to the corner of the Daylodge Poma and down there to the Funicular to get back up is the best option.

At Nevis the Goose area is still loaded and the Allt Sneachda is complete to the bridge on the quad road for coming down. Small walk required each direction from there to/from Top Station and Quad. Warrens can be accessed via the Summit, but links slightly broken. The Back Corries have been offering some superb spring snow riding once the snow loosens up. Summit Gully was particularly excellent Saturday. Return from the back requires walking approximately half of Rob Roys Return. Braveheart Chair did run for a time on Sunday, but isn't scheduled for Mon.

Glenshee and the Lecht are currently closed.

:: Terrain Parks
CairnGorm: Ptarmigan Park has a large selection of features for all ranges of abilities, including a couple of easier ride on boxes. Three banks of kickers, getting progressively smaller / easier down to the base of the Ptarmigan Tow. See Pix from the Slopes for photos of the park and pipe features.

Above the Marquis Well Half Pipe is open weather / snow conditions permitting, but it is a hike too feature situated just above the Ptarmigan Tow.

In the Cas Boulderfield, the remains of the Cas shred provides various bumps, wee kickers and rollers to hit. There's also a pipe jib.

Glencoe has a flat ride on box situated on the High Road as well as a large roller.

At Nevis Range there are several rails / boxes dotted about the mountain and a kicker on Cats Alley.

Follow our Freestyle Thread in the
Forum. Please spare a few moments to post a park report, if you wish to add numerous photos you can do this in the Public Reports and post a link in the Forum Thread.
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:: Webcams
Get an early weather check, first cam updates are now around 5.15am on CairnGorm and 5.30am in the West.

Glencoe: SSC Hut having intermittent comms issue, possibly very high 3G network loading reducing range of Rannoch Moor mast over the holiday weekend.

CairnGorm: All cams online. SSC AWS back online, hope to get Loch Morlich AWS on soon (both failed to restart normally after the widespread power outage last week),

Nevis Range: Summit cams online, but need re-aligned. One day when sorting this is planned the wind will co-operate!

:: Mountain Weather Outlook
As our high moves North and a departing channel low slips away West, slightly fresher East to SE winds will develop across Highland Scotland for the start of the new week. Thus the brightest overhead is likely to be found in the West, but if the wind is more SE than East, then CairnGorm may brighten up more than otherwise expected.

Monday should be dry, best of the Sunshine towards the West Coast and the far NW Highlands. Some brightness for the Northern Cairngorms, but more overcast towards the South and East of the range. FL above the tops, Munro Level temperature generally between +6°c and +9°c, highest towards West Coast. Some areas that stay in hill fog may only be around 4°c though. Moderate East to SE wind, 20 gusting 30 to 40mph. Risk of stronger wind speeds around the Nevis Range for part of the day.

Much the same for Tuesday, but temps down a degree or so on Monday's values. It looks like there will be more cloud around on Wednesday with a higher risk of showers, these most likely in the East with the West having the best shot at staying dry,

Thursday looks like a day of light winds, but that in turn looks as if it may allow more showers to bubble up.

Check the MWIS and Met Office Mountain forecasts for the latest detailed area mountain weather outlooks.

:: Scottish Snowsport Areas: Snowphones & Websites
Glencoe: 01855 851226
www.glencoemountain.co.uk
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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tricky
Northern Cairngorms Outlook
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Monday 21st April
FL: >Tops.  Part Cloudy
914m: 7°c ESE 25 gust 40mph
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Tuesday 22nd April
FL: >Tops.  Part Cloudy
914m: 5°c East 30-40mph
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  16.24hrs Sun 20th Apr
West Highlands Outlook
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Monday 21st April
FL: >Tops.  Sunny
914m: 9°c SE 20 gust 35mph
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Tuesday 22nd April
FL: >Tops.  Sunny
914m: 7°c East 20-30mph
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  16.26hrs Sun 20th Apr
Southern Cairngorms Outlook
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Monday 21st April
FL: >Tops.  Overcast
914m: 6°c ESE 20 gust 30mph
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Tuesday 22nd April
FL: >Tops.  Overcast
914m: 4°c East 20-30mph
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  16.26hrs Sun 20th Apr
CairnGorm Mtn // Sat 19th Apr
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Riding the Marquis Well Halfpipe. Reshaped Sat afternoon for Sunday.
Glencoe // Fri 18th Apr
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Spring is King on the East Ridge of Meall a' Bhuiridh
Glencoe // Tue 15th Apr
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Snow with a view, making tracks for the Flypaper mid morning.
Glencoe // Mon 14th Apr
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This is why it's called the Spring Run! Good forecast for Tuesday.
CairnGorm Mtn // Thu 10th Apr
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Lovely way to end the day with a run down Fiacaill a' Choire Chais from 1141.
Glencoe // Tue 8th Apr
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Still a massive cover of snow on the mid and upper mountain. Looking out to mid-station from top of the Wall T-bar.