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SR : Wales 2012 / 13

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SR : Wales 2012 / 13

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joel93, from the Traffic Wales website:

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- Maerdy, Bwlch and Rhigos mountain roads closed until further notice *Caerphilly mountain road now open*

All other major trunk roads are passable with care.



This was the situation at 12:15 Wednesday, 23rd January - for further updates please call 0845 602 6020


Main roads are generally completely clear of snow, as temperatures have warmed up (I haven't been over Storey Arms though). If you don't know where the Maerdy, Bwlch and Rhigos roads are, you don't need to (they're all in/out of the Rhondda).
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Wow! Great stuff, super extreem!
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I did Carnedd Llewelyn on Tuesday from the Ffynnon Llugwy Reservoir road and managed to descend all but a couple of hundred paces on skis, to within 10 meters of the car parked at the bottom of the reservoir road.
I ascended all the way on skins, except the short section of the road that is covered in sheep feed and poo!

I would say conditions were good! I used my old skis and skins, but barely touched a rock.

I went up via the road, crossed the Afon Llugwy via the bridge just below the Reservoir. Up the fence towards Creigiau Hirion then struck northwards above Craig y Llyn. I traversed beneath the foot of Craig Llugwy and around the cwm to reach Bwlch Cyfryw-drum between Carnedd Dafydd and Carnedd Llewelyn. Along the ridge and up the South and then South East face of Carnedd Llewelyn as there were less exposed stones here than the main path.

I descended the South West face towards Cwm Llugwy over hard rime snow. At the most convex part of this slope there is a 3 inch layer of windslab, which was strong(hard to deform an unisolated section with body wieght on skis), but weakly bonded benealth with a very fluffy layer on snow on top of an older harded packed layer. I don't suppose there is a history of avalanches here, but I don't suppose many people have been at this point to act as the trigger!

Just before reaching Craig y Tri Marchog I traversed Cwm Llugwy to reach the broad spur between Craig Llugwy and Craig y Llyn, the slope down to the wall gave further sport untill a couple of hundred paces of rocks are reached. These could be carefully skised but I carried skis here to be on the save side. A quick shuffle over the bridge and along the track brought me to the road and a rapid descent back to the car.

Some other folks skinned up Pen yr Helgi Du the day before. This apparently gave a good descent of Y Braich, turning right at about 650 meters to follow a shallow steeper depression to the right of a fence line, before crossing the wall to whoop down the road.


I should add that all the snow below the steepest upper section of Llewelyn was soft powder with no crust. I used the skins to get back above Craig y Llyn on the traverse out of Cwm Llugwy.

The reservoir road is hard packed snow, with ice in places.
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Any photo's guys ?
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AndAnotherThing.. wrote:
Any photo's guys ?


Erm... Sorry, not of anything skiable. Really must buck my ideas up. But here's a photo of the view from my front door right now to whet your appetite.

I was hoping to get out tomorrow but it's looking unlikely now. Maybe Friday.....? I promise to take some shots if I do.
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harrisontherabbit, Snowing here tonight. I popped over to our local deer park this afternoon but to shallow to be any fun. Given the rate its coming down I may try tomorrow elsewhere if I have chance. Friday was forecast 'Heavy Snow' but then turning to rain.
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Forecast was for it to warm up, but that hasn't happened yet. Some flurries of snow, but not amounting to anything now. Unfortunately, I'm not going to get out today (too much faffing to do before heading out to the Dolomites tomorrow), but conditions look good. Hope they stay that way for the weekend for anyone who's around! snowHead
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I think I either saw you or the the other two who skied down Pen yr Helgi Du unloading skis out of the back of a white van either Mon or Tues, at the bottom of the Llugwy road. I was going up Tryfan,,,,walking. I tried to follow your route on the map but realised you came down the south east face of Carnedd Llewelyn, not the south west as you stated. Must have been a brillinat day.
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Heavy rain. Seriously heavy. I've never seen snow melt so fast. The optimist in me might say that it could be snow higher up. But I doubt it. I think it might be game over for good conditions in the Beacons this weekend. Sad

On a positive note: did I mention I'm going to Italy tomorrow? snowHead
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harrisontherabbit, I hope the rain makes it this far. I need to drive to Liverpool tomorrow. Did I mention Chamonix ? snowHead
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Heavy snow here, amazing what a difference a few 10s of miles can make. I bet it turns to rain overnight though.
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AndAnotherThing.. wrote:
harrisontherabbit, I hope the rain makes it this far. I need to drive to Liverpool tomorrow. Did I mention Chamonix ? snowHead


Good luck with that! I only need to make it as far as Birmingham. If things had worked out differently I'd be in Chamonix right now. Enjoy!
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jonm, For sure it's very localised. In the village here we had no snow but the town (lower) had loads. It was pi$$ing it with rain earlier but then it turned back to snow. Mixed !
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Skinned up Pen y fan yesterday afternoon from the storey arms car park, the snow was pretty good on the top half, nearly all filled in, just couldn't see a thing. Wind across the ridge was blowing a gale so didn't venture down the otherside. Skiied all the way down to the carpark. I was planning on going up early this morning but we had some heavy rain at our hotel last night (Nant Ddu lodge, just down the road) which killed the snow so I decided some extra time in bed was the better option. It's a shame the rain came, with good visibility the skiing would be great.

And finally some photos. It wasn't really the weather for taking them so I don't have many Laughing


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Real shame, but the reality of S Wales skiing unfortunately.

Good effort to get after it.
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You might be interested in the pictures here:- http://forum.kitecrowd.com/kitesurfing/snowkiting-anyone-207483-3.html
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Fair play.

But I thought the whole point of kiting was for the up, not the down.
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Andy9lives is the Andy that snowboarded down Pen y Fan last weekend with me on skis. I think he skid with you on Pen y Fan a couple of years ago Mike Pow.He phoned me early Thursday afternoon to say that he was just leaving the Beacons having had a superb kiteboarding and snowboarding session in awesome conditions. He then told me that he was on his way to Rest Bay to surf before heading home.
The word jealous doesn't begin to describe!
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Very cool. Cheers for the update.
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Someone please tell me they're skiing this



Bill Hillier photo
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What a cracking photo!
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I saw on the British Backcountry Facebook group that someone snowboarded Central Trinity and Parsley Fern (the gully the guy fell down) on Snowdon recently.


Last edited by Then you can post your own questions or snow reports... on Tue 19-03-13 7:40; edited 1 time in total
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Just had a look. Thanks.
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meh, When I saw the footage I thought it looked like it could be skiable.
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That is simply a wonderful photo.....
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If it's still like that this weekend then yeeeeees snowHead
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Gales but low freezing level and 10-20cm of snow today. The weekend could be on on NW loaded slopes snowHead
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Flouncymark, There's potential all right. Haven't been able to get out and about in daylight so I don't know how the higher ground is looking, but there's been lots of very heavy sleet at 1200ft. Unfortunately, I'll be on the Pembrokeshire coast in the rain. Confused
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harrisonolaflouncio, Fine. You flounceo off and I'll shred the gnar
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Some footage from Sunday. it was less than ideal; 40 mph winds, 15m visibility at the top, -6 deg.C and a lot of wind pack/ice. Better slouching on the sofa any day snowHead

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=5L24AdMXZIE
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Flouncymark, How many points for the Spaniel ? Laughing
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Hiraeth.

Great effort Flouncymark.

Found this vid when I watched yours too. Bonus


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyQB734ngGI
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TUESDAY 03 APRIL 2013

My girlfriend Nerys took a stroll up Pen-y-Fan today and took this picture.




What no takers?
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I was up there yesterday as well - running with dog. Snow very hard and large areas of ice, so not very inspiring for a few turns! Very glad of the Kahtoola microspikes I'd packed! Probably better today as warmer.
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Mike Pow, as JulesC suggests, it's a bit of an icy mess up there, and has been for the last 10 days. There was only one night of proper snow two weeks ago, and the wind took its toll. It stayed cold until a few days ago, but freeze/thaw action made a right mess. I parked the car on the hill outside my house one day, got out and found that I couldn't even stand up without holding on. Shocked

Yes, the Beacons are looking as beautiful as ever, but you're not missing a good ski. I don't think I've ever seen snow that I've been less inspired to slide on. Confused
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Hopefully get some late April turns in on my return.

Would be a great way to finish the winter.
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Doing the happy dance.

Tomorrow could see me make my first May turns in Wales.

16 cm forecast up high

http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/loutdoor/mountainsafety/brecon/brecon_latest_pressure.html

http://www.snow-forecast.com/resorts/Penyfan/6day/top
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Mike Pow, you make me laugh. You spend all winter skiing unbelievable powder in Japan and still get excited at a bit of Welsh snow. That is true dedication to stoke Cool
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Thanks Zero-G.

3-2-1-dropping.

Pics and vid to follow.

Fabulous morning in the mountains.
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Mike Pow, You have done better than us. A hint this morning on a web cam and some report of snow on the hills from the local radio but non I can see. Looking forward to the pics.
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