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Glencoe // Friday 15th February 2013
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Skiers high on the Spring Run, great run out to the middle or Mugs Alley.

Looking up Meall a' Bhuiridh to the Spring Run from the Low Road on the Plateau.

Boardes on the Low Road which is wide with spring like snow on Friday.

Top of the upper tows.

Wall T-bar doing it's thing.

Wall and Wall Crossover.

Skier somewhere on Meall a' Bhuiridh.

Turns with a view at Glencoe.

On the upper mountain Happy Valley and the Main Basin have largely fused into one.

Kingshouse Hotel nestles below Creag Dhu.

Rannoch Moor from the top of the Wall Tow.

Note how snow is banked to skiers left, snow depth measured skiers right, so prob double towards Happy Valley side of MB

Extensive cover on the Plateau below, seen from Main Basin.

Top of the Main Basin T-bar and West Highland Line RETB signaling mast.

Main Basin is absolutely loaded now.

Looking out from top of Main Basin, various offpiste lines skiers right of tows between them and Rannoch Glades.

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A bright and Sunny morning on Friday, though cloud increased later in the afternoon ahead of a much grayer day on Saturday. However the cloud is forecast to increasingly break up on Sunday with good sunny spells developing above a possible inversion layer.

There is great cover across the mountain. With all runs back to the top of the Access Chair in good shape and Mugs Alley (new and old) loaded there is good riding to be had for all ability levels.

The Flypaper has been open when visibility has been good in recent days, but will be getting assessed daily on the basis of surface conditions and snow stability (as the snow pack continues to evolve).

Just under a week ago before the last round of storms a depth of 322cm was measured in the Main Basin on the T-bar side at approx 3500ft. With even deeper snow banked up from the Happy Valley side, the Main Basin and Happy Valley are fusing into one for much of their length.

Diurnal freeze thaw cycling means the snow is likely to skin over and start firm before loosening up, the cycling gradually improving surface conditions as the snow pack increasingly morphs towards granular spring snow.

With a good forecast, all runs on the mountain complete and all uplift available, it looks like an excellent Sunday and Monday coming up.
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