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Glencoe // Tuesday 14th February 2017
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Heading back to the Coire Pollach Tow from the Plateau Cafe (middle fork of Old Mugs Alley).

Quite a few people exploring the Bunny Run shortcut on Mugs Alley.

If you ever wondered why it was called the Cliffhanger. Believe it or not the Canyon has been getting skied, but err not advised.

Cliffhanger Chair was steady but never really had a queue.

Beautiful bluebird day and plenty of smiles around despite limited snow.

Most of the Plateau Poma run is OK, but at the bottom exit left through the fences just above the snow guns and follow the track.

Looking out over Rannoch Moor from the new Rankin's Return - fantastic and different views out over the moor.

Looking up the Rankin's Return gives a good idea of why this run and the new chair will be very useful to all ability levels.

Looking over the Coire Pollach Tow down Old Mugs Alley to the Plateau Cafe.

Mugs Alley is not worth skiing for the sake of doing a lap of Mugs Alley, but it provides access to the Rankin's Return and Bunny Run.

Approaching the Plateau Cafe via the middle fork of Old Mugs Alley. (This is the best route of the Coire Pollach Tow).

Though the cover is thin it's now skier packed across the entire area between the Poma and Coire Pollach Tow so was easy skiing.

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A glorious day weatherise on Meall a' Bhuiridh and with the unlimited visibility in contrast to yesterday people spread out exploring how to maximise the limited terrain that was open - this helped keep lift queues tolerable despite it being busy for the limited area open.

Though it took a bit of combat skiing along the top of Mugs Alley from the Cliffhanger, the new Rankin's Return route was well worth doing today, it offers up a more expansive view of the Plateau to the SE and gives quite a different perspective of the mountain to that which most people are accustomed.

Taking a breather out on the Rankin's Return to look back up the mountain it's apparent just how useful this fence line and the new Plateau Triple Chair will be not just to early intermediates looking for a long and varied green run, but for more advanced riders coming back to the lifts from the Spring Paper, Flypaper Bowl and the East Ridge.

Back to the here and now, and well if you are fancying a slide then get up Wednesday if you can. It won't be bluebird but it might just stay dry during lift opening hours and with limited cover and milder wet and windy weather expected Thursday, it might be back to waiting after tomorrow. Realistically the full length of the Plateau Poma is not going to survive any thawing, so it loading a couple of towers up is the best we can probably expect after Thursday's wet weather.

For those who just want to get up to play in the snow, there is plenty on the sledging area around the Plateau Cafe and the route from the top of the Access Chair is now well marked.
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