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Glencoe // Saturday 30th April 2016
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When busy stay late, the queue for the Cliffy during the last hour!

Plenty of snow around for sledging and snow play.

Thrombosis was good today, in contrast to last week.

Snow showers bubbled up for the afternoon.

Plateau Poma still running for access to the main area.

Mugs Alley is narrow but still fine for returning from other runs to the lifts.

Spring Run and Rannoch Glades from the base of the Plateau Poma.

New table top jump at the base of the Black Downhill bike track. Due to open mid May.

Main Basin started as a groomed motorway, but bumps built in the steeper section below the Haggis Trap.

Main Basin is wide and deep, still flat through the Haggis Trap.

Happy Valley is in great shape, machine packed fresh snow.

Heading to the East Ridge for the last run.

Rapidly changing mix of Sunny spells and snow showers on Saturday. Base of Main Basin T-bar.

Looking up Ski Tow Gully, both top tows running.

Top of the Cliffhanger Chairlift. Wall T-bar is out of action, so this is the only way up mid-mountain.

Main Basin, Happy Valley and the Canyon from the top of the Access Chairlift.

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Early inversion mist quickly burnt off to give a Bluebird start to a busy last day of April at Glencoe. The Sun caused some April snow showers to bubble up, thus it was a real mixed bag in the afternoon - feeling warm when the Sun came out and straight back to winter when the snow came on.

Glencoe saw between 7 and 9 inches of snow since mid-week with a fair bit of drifting, that has transformed the ungroomed stuff with the Spring Run and Flypaper / East Ridge all seeing plenty of action on Saturday.

The Main Basin and Happy Valley are being groomed out to fantastic machine packed powder corduroy motorways in the morning, but you need to be an early bird to catch that particular worm.

The deep gullies that form the majority of mid and upper runs still retain good width and depth of cover, so there's lots of options for more experienced skiers and boarders. However the open terrain is really only suitable for confident intermediates and up.

The Plateau Poma is running for Access to the main area, it is possible though to just about ski/board back to the Top of the Access Chair - though the advised route is down Old Mugs Alley which is in decent shape. From there it's a 4-5min downhill walk on the Plateaa path back to the Chair.

There is still doubt about how quickly the overnight wind will moderate on Sunday, but the GFS and NMM have it easing by or soon after scheduled opening - but check AM just incase.
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