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Glencoe // Friday 5th April 2024
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The early birds got the goodies on Friday - both the feathered kind and the skier kind!

Completing a summit to moor lap with 2400ft vertical at lunchtime.

Some contrast on the Blue Access Run track.

Cornice on a gap jump on the Red Bike Track!

The sledge park at the Plateau Cafe is in great condition, use of park and sledges is complimentary.

The Plateau Poma was back in action on Friday.

Bottom of the Low Road returning from Rankins Return to the Plateau Poma.

Rankins Return was complete again. Creamy textured new snow with no tracks out here!

Heading for Happy Valley from the Main Basin to bypass the Haggis Trap. Photos were impossible above here!

Ski off the Access Chair and onto the Plateau Poma today!

Heading into the White Room on the Cliffhanger Chair!

Drifted snow around Piste Basher shows accumulation nicely.

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A period of heavy snowfall overnight into Friday brought between 15 and 20cm of new snow on the mountain at Glencoe, with around 10 to 12cm at the base with riding to the carpark possible in the morning.

Moderate drifting overnight on a strong Easterly, but with the wind veering SE post dawn, Glencoe was able to open on time. Allowing the early birds that took the gamble to catch the best of the fresh snow before the freezing level hapazardly rose from late morning through the afternoon.

Sadly only those who got up to Glencoe on Friday got to take advantage of the new snow as Storm Kathleen will bring widespread sustained Storm Force winds through this weekend. The freezing level will also rise far beyond the summits for a period on Saturday, accompanied by spells of heavy frontal rain.

So unfortunatey these photos tell a rather sorrowful story of the weekend that might have been! Glencoe was transformed overnight with the Plateau Poma back in operation on Friday morning and all Plateau runs skiable. Indeed mid to late morning, it was possible to come from the summit and via Rankins Return and the blue Access Track ski all the way to the base of the Access Chair giving 2400ft vertical. Alas, that was no longer the case by mid afternoon!

Unfortunately Storm Kathleen means there is very little chance of uplift running on Saturday, the only small glimmer is that the winds maybe South Easterly in the morning before speeds really ramp up. Sunday does not look much better, though it should be less mild.
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