pix from the slopes // glencoe
Glencoe // Thursday 30th January 2014
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Top Tows from the top of the Rock Garden, one of the picks of the day.

Total cover, ride anywhere cover extends beyond the Plateau onto the upper half of the Access Chair.

Rescue Station visible again after lots of digging!

Winchcat climbs the corner of Mugs Alley.

Looking over the top of the Main Basin T-bar to the Summit.

Buachaille Etive Mor beyond the Cliffhanger Chair.

Top tows catching the afternoon rays.

2 of the five terrain park features out on the High Road. Two easy boxes, pipe jib, pipe slide and narrow rainbow rail.

Looking down into the Canyon!

Kite boarding far out East on the Plateau.

Meall a' Bhuiridh looking like a rounded rock free hill!

Going up Ski Tow Gully on the Main Basin T-bar.

Heading for the Main Basin T-bar from the Cliffy - spot the Tow drive and lower towers!

Into the combat zone on the low level Access Run, top 2/3rds good. Lower part frozen so hopefully snow to base tomorrow.

The Cliffhanger Chair in action!

Heading out the Summit Ridge to the Spring Run. Flypaper was closed - it was skied and it went! A lucky escape, play safely!

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Finally a break in the weather and the clouds and the first view of the full extent of the incredible snow cover on Meall a' Bhuiridh. The mountain is one continuous white playground, between Mugs Alley and the Cliffhanger Chair there's not a rock in sight despite the crags and cliffs!

With the break in the weather, something of a rarity in a stormy months, it was an unusually busy day for Glencoe mid-week outwith holidays as people piled onto the Scottish mountains to take advantage of the weather window.

The lifts other than the Rannoch Button have been dug out, but there hasn't been time to 'tidy up' and the next big storm is bearing down on Highland Scotland. Snow will arrive around lift opening time on Friday, light at first but intensifying through the day to give heavy snowfall and blizzard conditions as the wind increases.

Some doubt in the forecasts for the weekend, so check out the latest forecasts on Friday evening. There is a chance of the Western areas being in the 'eye of the storm' on Saturday - in which case it could turnout into an epic powder day with not to severe winds and almost constant snow fall (but it could go either way yet on the wind score).

With the storm smacking into a blocking high to the East it will hang around several days. Considerable further snow fall and drifting expected, so there is likely to be a good deal more digging out required early in the new week.

Thanks to Bruce (OAP) for half of todays photos.
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