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Glencoe // Monday 27th March 2017
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Heading for home via Rankin's Return out East on the Plateau.

Spring Run in the afternoon shadows - snow got quicker again.

Heading for Rankin's Return from the Spring Run on the last run of the day.

Setting off on the Spring Run.

Last run as the shadows come back across the Spring Run.

Plenty of fun wee lines to pick off the Spring Run to get to Rankin's Return.

Bottom of the Main Basin and runout to the T-bar.

Taking in the view crossing from the Main Basin to Happy Valley.

Never more than a handful of people in front, often ride straight on to the Main Basin T-bar.

Looking down the Main Basin, good fast snow that is becoming more spring like with the diurnal freeze / thaw cycling.

The Wall is skiable though you need to pick a route lower down and is the best option for good skiers / boarders to get to the Plateau Cafe.

Managed to cross the river and reach with the drive of the Wall T-bar!

Looking across the Main Basin.

Main Basin from the T-bar.

We've had a lovely summer this year!

Old Mugs Alley still skiable from the Coire Pollach Tow crossover to Plateau Cafe for access, but a 60m walk required from top of the Plateau Poma.

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It was a case of more of the same on the weather front with unbroken Sunshine all day long on Monday at Glencoe. The high pressure will slowly edge away during Tuesday, but it will give is one more dry and bright day with Sunny Spells through part cloudy skies.

Thus if you can get up for a Tuesday slide do so, because it is remaining mild, a bit windier and wet mid-week, exactly the combination we don't need.

The main action is on the upper mountain with the Main Basin and Happy Valley directly skiable of the Main Basin T-bar. Skiers can push part way along the footpath towards the Spring Run but eventually everybody has to walk to the top of the run but it's a fairly level hoof along the Summit path.

The Plateau Poma and Cliffhanger are principally for access as the Poma run is broken at the top and bottom. The uptrack will have to be checked out AM, but at close of play it was still usable, though you need to walk about 60m from the top of the Poma under the Coire Pollach Tow to get to Old Mugs Alley from where you can ride to the Plateau Cafe. Thus the mountain is really only suitable for confident intermediates and above or beginners under instruction with the Snowsports School.

The Wall is skiable and is the best option for getting to the Plateau Cafe for advanced skiers and boarders. At the end of the day if you are comfortable doing the Spring Run, it's possible to exit right from the Spring Run and with a few metres of grass skiing reach Rankin's Return which remains skiable until the merge with the Low Road. At close of play on Monday creative use of the wet grass allowed the top of the Access Chair to be with skis on coming off the Rankin's Return!

There are still areas of snow suitable for sledging close the Plateau Cafe, just beware that the occasional skier and snowboarder may still appear down Old Mugs Alley!
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