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Glencoe - Thu 19th Apr 2012
Posted by: eagles at 21.20hrs on Thu 19th Apr 12

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:: Snow Cover
Limited Terrain Complete/Open.
:: Surface Conditions (out of 5)
3
:: Weather Conditions
Freezing at all levels first thing in the morning and a fantastic bluebird start to the day! Then as the temperature rose a mixture of sunshine and showers with more prolonged snow during the afternoon.
:: Snow Conditions & Info
It was great to be back skiing at Glencoe after 60 days of no lift served snowsports there. Well done to all the team at Glencoe for getting everthing up and running again after such a long layoff. Those lucky skiers and boarders who managed to get up on Thursday enjoyed a some superb sport with a deep cover of new snow on the upper mountain. The snow is unconsolidated and care is needed where there is no base and rocks lurk underneath but some great lines were being made wide on the Etive Glades and the Rannoch wall. The Spring run was giving great riding with loads of fresh snow and the Main Basin has a wide and full cover so get up there and play while you can!
:: Riders
Ken
:: E-Mail Contact
munro33 at aol dot com

CairnGorm Mountain - Thu 19th Apr 2012
Posted by: h11lly at 18.45hrs on Thu 19th Apr 12

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:: Snow Cover
Mostly Skiable - Some Areas Thin/Narrow
:: Surface Conditions (out of 5)
3
:: Weather Conditions
Very little wind, showers for most of the day of snow above the mid station. When the snow was fine or it stopped, the mist thickened. When it was dumping down huge flakes the visibility improved.
Rain/hail at car park level
:: Snow Conditions & Info
Snow cover increased above the mid station as the day went on. The snow was quite wet and heavy but the skiing was still good.
Ciste, Ptarmigan and Polar Express tows served the top bowl but visibility was poor here for most of the day. The M1poma served the pisted M1 which kept improving as more snow fell. It was only around the poma loading area that cover was sketchy
I enjoyed the White Lady, great cover higher up accessing it by a diagonal from the top of the West Wall poma. Lower down it was narrower but it was only really the last section cutting across to the poma where you had to carefully navigate.
Traverse and upper Cas were good too and it was possible to slowly pick your way down the Gun barrel and tow track although the stream was appearing through holes in a few places. Probably heading down the zigs would have been a better and safer route

If the overhead improves, tomorrow should be excellent.
:: Riders
Helen
:: E-Mail Contact
h11lly at hotmail dot com

CairnGorm Mountain - Wed 18th Apr 2012
Posted by: eagles at 00.10hrs on Thu 19th Apr 12

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:: Snow Cover
Limited Terrain Complete/Open.
:: Surface Conditions (out of 5)
3
:: Weather Conditions
Sunny spells and wintry showers with some more prolonged snow at lunchtime which freshened up the ptarmigan bowl. A bit milder in the afternoon with some snow consolidation and melting at lower levels and the snow became a bit sticky.
:: Snow Conditions & Info
First day at Cairngorm for me this season and with M1 poma running it opened up the mid-mountain. Ptarmigan bowl and traverse and the east wall above Ptarmigan tow has good cover. Ciste fairway was pisted and has good cover but getting thin lower down. M1 racetrack full width on upper sections and gave some great skiing all day, a bit thinner lower down. Cas full width at top but some combat skiing required lower down on Gunbarrel with streams underneath. 105 was pisted and good on upper sections and the lower link is narrow but still complete to M1 loading area. Fiaciaill traverse best run of the day with loads of fresh snow. It was just great to get some skiing again when I thought the season was over!! Glencoe tomorrow and Friday!
:: Riders
Ken
:: E-Mail Contact
munro33 at aol dot com

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