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Glencoe // Saturday 6th April 2019
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This wee guy was made with one short showers worth of big fat flakes on Saturday morning!

The Main Basin!

At the top of the Main Basin T-bar.

Little bit more vis at the Rescue Station. Almost each run the Main Basin snow was different through the morning!

Plenty of snow for sledging just over from the Plateau Cafe thanks to the snowfactory.

With above the Rescue Station clagged in, the Mugs Alley / Old Mugs Alley loop of the Cliffy was seeing quite a bit of action.

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Thursday evening the forecast looked dry and bright for the West, by Friday despite the bluebird skies at dusk the forecasts were suggesting the weakening warm front's low cloud would make it to the West.

Well it turned out the front wasn't that weak after all, it absolutely chucked down snow for a spell in the morning at Glencoe, then the freezing level went above the summits and it rained pretty steadily. Even as the rain came down though, the Main Basin was riding well and the forgiving surface conditions helped make up for the pea soup visibility. Certainly those who were first on the tow got the best of the day as it was clear to the summit at opening time, but did not stay that way.

Things are expected to brighten up during Sunday morning, but probably not first thing, so a more relaxed start to Sunday with a plan to stay to the end looks likely to be the plan that gets the best rewards - however no forecast guarantees after Saturday!

Main Basin and Mugs Alley / Old Mugs Alley are being groomed daily. Happy Valley is skiable but thin / narrow in parts so was closed due to the visibility on Saturday. Spring Run giving good riding for experienced skiers and boarders on the upper mountain, as is the Wall mid-mountain. Flypaper Bowl will be assessed when visibility improves up top.

Both the Canyon and Thrombosis are skiable mid-mountain for advanced riders, but require a bit of combat riding to regain the lifts with out unclipping. The Wall is the best option mid-mountain in terms of cover, though Mugs Alley onto Old Mugs Alley is complete to the Plateau Cafe and foot of the Coire Pollach Tow.

A walk is required over the Plateau Path to the Cliffhanger and/or Wall T-bar. Decent areas for sledging just up from the Plateau Cafe (not the normal sledge park area).

The new week looks to be mostly dry, Sunny above inversion conditions early in the week, cooler from mid-week. Overall not much if any change in cover expected, but surface conditions will vary with temperature and humidity.
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