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Glencoe // Sunday 24th April 2016
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Wall T-bar doing it's thing, nice spring snow on the Wall, Crossover is smoother, with a natural kicker for those so inclined to launch!

Laying out a carve on the smoother spring snow in Ski Tow Gully.

Boarders head through the Haggis Trap, still filled flat and just a continuation of the mellow blue run cruise on rest of the Main Basin.

Heading for home at the end of the day via Old Mugs Alley. Please don't ski/board or walk down the Plateau Poma uptrack.

Happy Valley narrows saw some bumps build during the day.

Boarder in the still wide and deep Main Basin.

Outside the Rescue Station at the base of the Top Tows. Both can run if demand requires more than the Main Basin T-bar.

Patrollers getting some steep turns in on the Flypaper as the snow begun to crunch up in the shade late afternoon.

The Spring Run high above Rannoch Moor, bumps beginning to build here , cracking today in the Spring Snow.

Looking back up the canyon from the Bum Hole under the Cliffhanger Chair. Great fast crunchy granular spring snow.

Mugs Alley is narrow, so not suitable for novices, but easily rideable for returning to the lifts from the rest of the mountain.

Looking up the Canyon from the base of the Cliffhanger. Still ski to the mid lifts off the Plateau Poma.

Looking down Ski Tow Gully.

Looking over the Main Basin from Happy Valley.

Flypaper and East Ridge were fantastic most of the day, crunching up as it fell into shadow. Radio Gully probably just the pick.

Summer Tubing opens properly on Saturday 30th April, so you can tube as well as ski / board on the Bank Holiday weekend.

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Overnight showers lingered past opening time, but it soon dried up and brightened up with extensive Sunny Spells and with temporarily less cold temperatures the snow was perfect fast granular Spring Snow.

Thus it was one big playground on the steeps of the Flypaper Bowl, East Ridge, Spring Run and the mid-mountain around Thrombosis, the Cliffy crag and in the Canyon.

For more mellow turns, the Main Basin and Happy Valley are offering fantastic blues, with the Main Basin grooming up fantastically in the morning. It's still wide and deep, even the Haggis Trap remains flat through.

The vast majority of the mid and upper mountain runs are formed from deep gullies and natural snowfields, these retain good width and depth of cover and from the top of the Plateau Poma up everything still links together easily. It's still ride off the Plateau Poma and ski onto the mid mountain lifts.

Please don't ski or board (or walk for that matter) down the Plateau Poma uptrack, it will shorten it's life. People are still hacking their way down the Poma run, but it's better to head down Old Mugs Alley at the end of the day as it's still in decent shape out onto the Plateau path at the base of the Coire Pollach Tow. It's 4-6 min downhill stroll back to the Access Chair.

Glance's really only suitable for confident intermediates up, as Mugs Alley now narrow and the Plateau Poma is for uplift/access only.

Weather permitting Glencoe is open for daily snowsports through to and including Monday 2nd May.
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