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Glencoe // Wednesday 27th April 2016
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Rannoch Glades looked inviting, but it's hard and rutted - needs more fresh or a bit of softening (may get both for the weekend).

Only 3 days left of April and the Plateau Poma is still running for access to the main area.

Looking up Ski Tow Gully, the Rannoch Button can run as required this weekend.

Dropping into and exiting the Canyon's (in)famous Bumhole.

Moody skies over the Nevis Range, summit of the Ben centre image as seen from Meall a' Bhuiridh.

Someone turned the big snowmachine in the sky to max for a while in the afternoon, giving some late afternoon freshies on the Main Basin.

Thrombosis lures you in with a promising few turns at the top, then bites you once you're committed!

Mid-station level with the link round the top lifts on Mugs Alley.

Packed Powder corduroy to start the day on the Main Basin and Happy Valley.

Main Basin T-bar doing it's thing on Wednesday.

The Main Basin is THIS GOOD!!

Laying out a big carve on the wide and deep Main Basin. Still flat through the Haggis Trap.

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A perfect bluebird dawn and start to the lift operations on Wednesday at Glencoe, before convective April snow showers sprung up in the afternoon with a particularly intense one mid afternoon giving some late fresh tracks on the Main Basin.

The forecast suggests a similar weather situation on Thursday, fine start with snow showers building in for the afternoon.

Most people were sticking to the Main Basin and Happy Valley, they are catching the most fresh snow and were groomed out to give wide cruisey blue motorways of packed powder corduroy to start the day. With the snow showers freshening it up further through the day, they are both in absolutely superb condition.

Off the groomers it's much more varied, the top of the mountain remains hard with a light covering of fresh, but it's not yet been enough to smooth out the bumps and ruts of the heavy weekend traffic when the snow was softer. It's not full on boiler plate, it does take an edge, it's more the roughness that makes quite a lot of what was a blast in the spring Sun now much harder work. It would not take much more fresh snow to make a big difference and more snow showers are forecast, so fingers crossed.

Less cold at the weekend, with further hill snow and Sunny spells is a combination that could see the unpisted (and unpistable) significantly improve once again. In the meantime it's very hard to leave the Main Basin and Happy Valley, unless heading to the Plateau Cafe! Mugs Alley is complete, but it's narrow and not suitable for novices.

Plateau Poma is continuing to run for access, you can still ski off it and onto the Cliffhanger Chair. Please don't ski / board (or walk) down the uptrack, that will shorten it's life. At the end of the day head down Old Mugs Alley which is complete and in decent shape to the base of the new Coire Pollach Tow, from there it's a 4-5minute downhill walk on the Plateau path to the Access Chair.

This is closing weekend, so get up and play while you can. Open daily weather permitting till close of play on Monday 2nd May.
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