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Glencoe // Wednesday 1st February 2023
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Skiers heading into the Main Basin from the top of the T-bar.

Plateau Poma back in action after overnight snow and drifting.

Wall T-bar back in action too and it hopefully has a better chance of surviving Thursday's rainfest!

Looking over the Plateau Run which was skiable but thin and almost certainly won't make it to Friday complete.

Flat light in the descending cloud on upper Happy Valley.

Snow factory base keeping sledge park in good nick and links to the Cafe / Cliffhanger connected.

Some areas caught deep drifts of new snow such as the corner of Mugs Alley.

Rankins Return was pretty good for 3/4 of its length, but the return to the Top of the Access is going to break up again in the mild damp weather on Thursday.

Old Mugs Alley providing a decent route to the Plateau Cafe.

Coire Pollach Tow uptrack filling in, hopefully will catch more drifting this evening before freezing level climbs above tops.

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Around 12-15cm of snow fell in very high winds overnight into Wednesday, leaving a mix of deep drifted wind packed snow and scoured older snow which started off hard and icy. However by early afternoon the harder stuff was beginning to soften up a touch, but the new snow was already becoming a bit heavier away from the top.

With a noon opening pretty much in line with the forecast expectations, it was a small weather window to grab before the weather is set to close back in after dusk on Wednesday. This evening will see mountain snow for a time before precipitation reverts to rain at all levels and becomes fairly heavy and persistent in the West for Thursday, with Severe Gales again expected.

Unfortunately it looks unlikely there will be lift served snowsports at Glencoe on Thursday and there is some uncertainty about wind speeds for Friday and Saturday as high pressure tries to build Northwards. Potentially settled with light winds by Sunday, the question is will we have seen a net gain or loss of snow by then compared to the start of the week?

Thursday is set to be a horrible day and even if the wind is not as bad as forecast, trying to minimise the damage from the windy, wet, mild weather on Thursday favours not offering snowsports. So definitely don't travel without checking the morning updates!
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