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Glencoe // Tuesday 8th April 2014
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Sun came out between the showers, though they got a bit more frequent again later in the afternoon.

Can still ski off the Access Chair and ride onto the Plateau Poma for access to the main area.

Plateau run is narrow at the top and thin at the bottom, but still easily passable.

Heading away from the Plateau Poma there is huge cover still between the various Mugs Alley options.

Looking across from the top of the Wall T-bar to the Rescue Station and base of the Main Basin T-bar - incredible !

Traversing above the top of the Wall T-bar from Happy Valley to the Main Basin T-bar, top of Wall T-bar still practically buried.


The Canyon is absolutely loaded, Thrombosis is still flat with no sign of the gully.

Looking up the Spring Run from the corner of Mugs Alley.

Boarder heading along the top leg of Mugs Alley.

Mugs Alley past the SSC Hut doesn't usually look like this!

 
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Glencoe retains what ordinarily is still an astonishing depth of snow on much of the front of Meall a' Bhuiridh. Wide and deep cover across the mid and upper mountain, and you can still pick lots of unusual lines between the main runs. Cover does thin out lower down the Plateau, but the Poma uptrack has deep cover and is still as easy to ride as it gets.

The Poma Run has some narrow and thin areas but is still easily passable for access to and from the rest of the area. From the top of the Poma there is a wide cover between the legs of Mugs Alley for various different lines to the base of the middle lifts. Old Mugs Alley run outs complete to the Plateau Cafe and Cliffhanger Chair, but access to Old Mugs Alley is round to skiers left of the fence line initially rather than the usual right side.

For more confident intermediates upwards Glencoe is the pick this week when the weather is behaving, Wednesday doesn't look too promising, but improving Thursday and current productions suggest a great day of spring riding on Friday. Mugs Alley retains great cover for early intermediates up off the Cliffhanger Chair, but wind could affect it again Wednesday, it was closed due to high gusts on Tuesday.

On the upper slopes at Glencoe the Main Basin including through the Haggis Trap (or rather where the Haggis Trap is buried under masses of snow) is a huge wide groomed Motorway. Upper mountain had the best surfaces on Tuesday, there was a light layer of fresh snow, but this made the surface rather slow and sticky mid-mountain, best options there were thus the steeper lines such as Thrombosis, the Wall and the Canyon.
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