pix from the slopes // glencoe
Glencoe // Saturday 17th January 2015
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The section of the red bike track through the trees behind the cafe was good fun, with enough snow to hit the kickers.

Huge cover underneath the Access Chair, even the mountain river has filled in at this point - but remember it's there!

End of a fantastic day, loads of people skiing down to the Carpark.

Huge expanse of cover on the Plateau, packed powder where groomed - mostly good elsewhere but some scoured bits.

Thrombosis gully has disappeared again after the constant storms causing a huge amount of drifting.

Plateau Poma still doing its thing as the light begins to fade.

Corner of Mugs Alley looking up to the Spring Run. Check status signs at Rescue Hut for top run status.

Old Mugs Alley was fantastic machine packed powder surfaces.

The mountain river course has formed a powder bowl on the upper half of the Access Chair.

Inversion mist engulfed Rannoch Moor during the day, but skies stayed clear up on the mountain.

Buried fences on the Plateau Poma and run.

Returning to the base of the Access Chair at 1200ft. Mostly short queue here, except for some stoppages for stretchers!

Looking out over the carpark to Buachaille Etive Mor.

Drifts and scouring around the Hobbit Houses by the carpark.

BEAR on the prowl - delays getting into the carpark this morning because of things getting stuck just below the carpark.

How ready for winter conditions is your vehicle? Please don't park in Passing Places on Single Track Roads - their purpose isn't rocket science!

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Lots of lines were being done to the base at 1200ft today with the main fence line down the Access Chair, groomed in the morning. The top half of the Access Chair is basically go anywhere with various options lower down and people were descending both sides of the mountain river.

Up on the mountain it's hoped to get the Main Basin T-bar back in action at some point during Sunday, work to repair storm damage is continuing. If it spins that will offer up the full Summit to Moor vertical of 2400ft. The Access Chair itself is offering 1000ft of vertical and many people stayed on it almost all day, exploring different lines.

On the groomers it's packed powder, more variable off the prepares areas due to the stormy conditions recently. Some scoured harder areas high up and also lower down under the Access Chair, but lots of areas of nice soft snow too. Mix of skier tracked and skier packed fresh snow on the more popular lines.

Flypaper will almost certainly be closed on Sunday, check the status boards on the Ski Patrol shed at mid-mountain level for the status of the Spring Run in the morning.

Delays getting people into the Carpark at Glencoe this morning were exacerbated by people parking in the Passing Places which continued to cause problems as traffic flow became more bi-directional as the day went on. Passing Places are for passing - they are not parking spaces! There is a chance of some snow showers tonight and it's set to be a cold one - so take care on the road in the morning.

It was busy, clocked the Wall T-bar Queue at between 8-10mins a couple of times, but the Access Chair is able to swallow up a lot of people when there is low level snow.
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