pix from the slopes // glencoe
Glencoe // Saturday 31st January 2015
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A wee kicker session on the dry slope in the afternoon.

Kicker session, lessons and sledgers the dry slope was a busy place when the mountain closed early!

Lessons continued in the sheltered area behind the cafe on the snow covered new dry slope after the hill closed early.

Low level Red Access Run (the fenced one) is great to top of the Carpark, passable to the base of Chairlift.

High on the Red Access Run overlooking Rannoch Moor.

Access Run became more and more popular as the wind picked up on the mountain.

'Carnage corner' was a human slalom when the hill closed, got scrapped here late on, but improving again with tonights drifting.

Boarders strapping in at the top of the Main Basin, should be less of this (wind and drifting, not borders) on Sunday!

Why it's called the Cliffhanger Chairlift.

Fresh tracks all day on the Wall and it should be loading up tonight again.

Corner of Mugs Alley, looking up to the Spring Run with huge drifts building across it.

Ground drifting on the Plateau Poma.

Meall a' Bhuiridh in great shape and on Sunday we should get to see it more often.

Black Access Routes getting done, ski the top then pick your gully but only for genuine experts. Avalanche risk further out.

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Glencoe did get open on Saturday and it wasn't a bad start to the day with loads of fresh snow and enough ground drifting to keep freshening things up. But the wind slowly turned and strengthened and things got pretty wild particularly mid-mountain and on the Plateau, eventually forcing off the middle lifts, then the Main Basin T-bar and Access Chair were pulled so an early end to play.

The wind should be less on Sunday and overhead brighter, with great fresh tracks likely to be had across the mountain, including on the lower level Access Runs giving 2400ft of vertical.

With both the red and black side of the Access Chair skiable, the Access Chair can absorb a good number of people giving the hill a big capacity boost, so it maybe busy but people should be well spread out and the Nevis retro roll back offer on Sunday may take quite a few people further up the A82.

If you have 4WD please park in the top part of the carpark, if you have a larger 4x4 please park in the overspill carpark.
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