pix from the slopes // the lecht
The Lecht // Saturday 9th April 2005
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The Grouse & Snowy Owl from Carpark at 5pm.

Looking down a full width Harrier, but uptrack not complete.

View from top of Harrier.

Harrier up track not complete.

View up the Harrier.

Buzzard side is wind scoured.

View from skinning over to Harrier from Grouse.

Traverse over to/from Harrier.

Looking up the Osprey Poma.

Osprey Poma and Run.

The Eagle Run.

Looking down the Eagle.

Grouse Poma and Robin Trainer run (right).

Base Lodge from the Grouse.

Grouse Poma from Tow.

Looking up the steeper pitch of the Grouse.

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Heavy drifting during the snow showers of Thursday and Friday on North winds, meant snow was blowing across the fence lines of the Lecht, and the runs filled sufficiently to get some runs complete to allow the Lecht to open on Saturday, and thus so far anyway to be the only Scottish area to offer snowsports during April!

An indication of the extent of the drifting can be seen from the photo of the A939.

The Eagle, Grouse, Osprey and Snowy Owl runs are complete, though some thin areas exist, conditions are more typical of early season owing to lack of a base.

Being at the North end, the Harrier runs have filled very well, but unfortunately the up-track is scoured clear in places. Hopefully though a base on the run, and indeed on the other runs will pull through a couple of milder days, before cooler weather with further snow showers returns, currently forecast for Tuesday onwards.

Thanks to Helen and Steve for the photos. Take a look in the forums for some extra ones and a short video. Send your photos to pix@winterhighland.com .
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