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Glencoe // Tuesday 25th February 2020
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Weasel Gully giving superb fresh turns from far out on the Plateau to around 1500ft, then carefully follow the road!

The Darkside!

Looking back along a groomed Weasel Track to the Access Chair and Craig Dhubh.

Looking down the mid-section of the low level Red Access Run.

Mid-mountain from the Plateau Cafe, Canyon has been the pick for days, Cliffy Crag, Wall and Thrombosis all good for more experienced riders.

Packed Powder hero corduroy on Old Mugs Alley. Coire Pollach Tow and runs perfect for snow plough turners.

Heading to Rannoch Moor via the Darkside.

It's not so much the gradient but this narrow gully that makes the Black Access run a black - no room for error and tight turns required. A few bails into the heather spotted!

Ending the day with a final run down the Darkside into the Carpark at 1200ft.

The dry slope is snow covered, novice lessons starting here then moving up the mountain. Use the bridge to finish the Red Access via the dry slope.

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At times we got to see the snow that fell on Monday, but some fairly beefy snow showers came in during the afternoon and that sets the scene for Wednesday. Some brighter spells in the morning, but as the sun gets to work with cold air aloft over the sea on a WNW wind convective cells will build and snow showers will increase in frequency and intensity as we go into the afternoon.

Because of the ferocity of the wind at times over the past 2 weeks, the best depth and width of cover is on the mid-mountain, the Plateau is just about go anywhere too. Main Basin is in good shape, but Happy Valley still fairly narrow in places. There had been some icy areas at the top of the upper runs but they were disappearing in the snow fall in lighter winds today.

Flypaper remained closed due to a very considerable avalanche risk, but will be re-assessed AM visibility permitting. This is by its nature more of a spring time / late season run, it though is the part of the upper mountain that has caught by far the most snow this season, so when it comes into prime spring snow condition its going to be pretty special!
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