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Glencoe // Sunday 31st January 2016
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First time skiers get to grips with snow by the base cafe at the edge of Rannoch Moor.

Plateau Poma doing it's thing on Sunday afternoon.

Looking up the Canyon, starting to fill but river likely to break through again overnight. Cliffhanger Chair has taken an ill turn.

Tallest of numerous snowmen around the carpark on Sunday! Even an igloo was built, conveniently situated by the new shower block!

The new Coire Pollach Tow was offering good riding for early intermediates on Old Mugs Alley.

Old Mugs Alley is in good shape, there's actually quite a gully to the right of the fence.

Heading to the Main Basin T-bar from the Wall T-bar.

Looking up the lower Main Basin below the Haggis Trap.

Happy Valley is narrow, but had nice snow.

Looking up the Main Basin from just above Island Rock.

Your route down the Main Basin could be as mellow or as interesting as you liked on reaching the Haggis Trap!

Gertrude was here and Henry looks even stronger!

Great snow on the upper 2/3rds of the Access Run, top half had machine packed fresh snow.

Snow on again at the end of the day approaching the bottom of the Access Chair.

Low level red Access Run was skier packed by end of day, top 2/3rds good until Carnage Corner, but below here was easier to ski.

Red Access Run back to 1200ft saw a lot of use Sunday, particularly morning before the upper mountain opened when many lapped the Access Chair.

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Saturday's Storm Force winds blew themselves out overnight, but snow continued to fall at Glencoe, but what could be offered on Sunday was a bit of a mystery at dusk on Saturday.

Initially the Access Chair, Plateau Poma and the new Coire Pollach Tow provided the uplift, but after a few runs on the Plateau many spent late morning lapping the Access Chair. Most were hitting the fenced low level red Access Run, but a few adventurous souls explored the Darkside!

The Wall T-bar opened around lunchtime after a lot of shoving of snow and a bit of shovelling as well and the Main Basin T-bar opened soon after, meaning the maximum 2400ft of Summit to moor vertical was possible.

Surface conditions were great, but snow cover ranged for huge depths of new windblown snow on the West side of the Main Basin to just a hint of white on wind scoured open slopes. Main Basin was great with skier packed powdery snow, the Haggis Trap was as mellow or interesting as you liked. Old Mugs Alley via the centre fork round by the Plateau Cafe was the pick for less experienced skiers, served directly by the new Coire Pollach Tow.

Rain, milder temperatures and wind overnight will giveway to a lot more wind, cooler temperatures and more hill snow on Monday. Access Chair will not run given imminent arrival of Storm Henry, conditions will be reviewed for Tuesday.
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