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SR: SKI WALES - 2017/18 Winter Season in the Brecon Beacons & Snowdonia National Parks

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Here we go again and the Stereophonics say it better than anyone

"There's no mistake
I smell that smell
It's that time of year again
I can taste the air
The clocks go back
Railway track
Something blocks the line again
And the train runs late for the first time"

Stereophonics - Local Boy In The Photograph


http://youtube.com/v/6VqFXyv__go



Opening Day in the Brecon Beacons National Park was 19 November last season and snow-forecast and the Met Office are calling for wintry showers and heavy snow from Saturday (02 November 2017).

Looks like the heavy precipitation will be accompanied by high winds in excess of 70 km/h and the freezing level will be crucial.

As it always is.

A sunrise mission on Tuesday 05 November 2017 could be the go at this stage


Weather and Webcams

Brecon Beacons National Park
http://www.snow-forecast.com/resorts/Penyfan/6day/top
https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/mountain-forecasts/brecon-beacons
https://www.mountain-forecast.com/peaks/Pen-Y-Fan/forecasts/886


Snowdonia National Park
http://www.snow-forecast.com/resorts/Snowdon/6day/top
https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/mountain-forecasts/snowdonia
https://www.mountain-forecast.com/peaks/Carnedd-Llewelyn/forecasts/1064


Derek 'the weather' Brockway on BBC Wales TV and Radio

Brecon Beacons webcam
http://www.breconbeacons.org/webcams

Storey Arms web cam
http://members.traffic-wales.com/cctvimages/camera4001.jpg?


Previous seasons reports

SR: It Snows in Wales - 2016/17 Winter Season in the Brecon Beacons & Snowdonia National Parks
http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=128099

Facebook messing around with image coding again, so please have a look here for pics
https://www.facebook.com/mike.richards.927/media_set?set=a.10154775893378624.1073741885.506688623&type=3


SR : Wales 2015 / 16
http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?p=2790816#2790816

Facebook messing around with image coding again, so please have a look here for pics
https://www.facebook.com/mike.richards.927/media_set?set=a.10153754370568624.1073741871.506688623&type=3


SR : Wales 2013 / 14
http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?p=2388201&highlight=wales+brecon+beacons#2388201


SR : Wales 2012 / 13
http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=92399&highlight=mike+pow+wales


And plenty of pics and vids on my Instagram account

https://www.instagram.com/mikethesnow/


But even with that information you never know until you go.
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An idea of the fun to be had when it's on

Go to 7.15

ITV Coast & Country
Series 5 Episode 2

http://www.itv.com/walesprogrammes/coast-and-country/coast-country-series-5-episode-2


"If it's snowing, I'm going" Smile
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The legend that is "MIKE THE SNOW" Laughing

Great little clip Smile
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That film is a belter! snowHead
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@Mike Pow, love it! Thanks for posting Very Happy
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That time again.... snowHead snowHead
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Cheers all. My pleasure.

See you out there 👍
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you should post the pic snow-forecast are using on their Facebook page Mike
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There you go. Cheers 🍻 😀

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Thanks for your info. Very Happy
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WEDNESDAY 08 NOVEMBER 2017

Noticeably cooler, but no snow to date.

Possibility of snow down to 600m on Sunday

Fingers, legs and eyes crossed
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And so it begins...

Looking forward to the updates, @Mike Pow, Smile
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Snowdon had a dusting at the top on Sunday Very Happy
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That song is powerful juju.

Transports me straight back to south Wales in the 90s and lots of young people topping themselves. A hymn for them.
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A good segment there. The calendar shot works well too. I was planning on a serious siege of "surf snowdonia" in the next few months; perhaps I should take a snowboard too.

On the other hand, the snow looks pretty unfriendly.

And now I know what that song was all about...
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motdoc wrote:
That song is powerful juju.

Transports me straight back to south Wales in the 90s and lots of young people topping themselves. A hymn for them.


Indeed it is. Darker than the chorus suggests.

Opening stanza nails the anticipation of winter for me though.
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philwig wrote:
A good segment there. The calendar shot works well too. I was planning on a serious siege of "surf snowdonia" in the next few months; perhaps I should take a snowboard too.

On the other hand, the snow looks pretty unfriendly.

And now I know what that song was all about...


Cheers.

I'd take it. You never know. And it's not always scratchy.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BWRlU4tnX8C/?taken-by=mikethesnow

https://www.instagram.com/p/BWbyjBXnOzE/?taken-by=mikethesnow

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@philwig, Turn right just before Surf Snowdonia and you head up to a car park from which you can walk in. Give us a shout if you do.
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WEDNESDAY 08 NOVEMBER 2017

Noticeably cooler, but no snow to date.

Possibility of snow down to 600m on Sunday

Fingers, legs and eyes crossed


Does anyone know if it snowed in the end?
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Light flurries and the odd blizzard this afternoon.

Not enough to play 😞
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While we wait for snow - a chance this coming weekend - very happy to see my submission to Fall-Line Skiing magazine's 'Line Of My Life' writing competition chosen as the winning entry.

I submitted three poems - two free verse and one villanelle - on an unforgettable day skiing The Graig in Aberdare in December 2010 and the 34 year lead up to that first descent

https://www.instagram.com/p/BbwZyffHCvX/?taken-by=mikethesnow
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Some very decent forecasts For North Wales this weekend!
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Some very decent forecasts For North Wales this weekend!


Fingers crossed
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@Mike Pow, read the mag; great work! snowHead


Cheers Smile
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Snow to Mountain Centre level.

Heading up now
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What a positive post for your 5000th! Hope you get some turns in.
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@Mike Pow, Good luck..
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...eargerly awaiting an update 😎
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What a positive post for your 5000th! Hope you get some turns in.


Ha ha. Didn't even notice that. Cheers.

The Brecon Beacons is open for pleasure 👍
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SATURDAY 25 NOVEMBER 2017

'TIS THE SEASON
Opener in the Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales for winter 2017/18

It started sleeting in Llandeilo around 8pm on Friday 24th, and by 8am on the Saturday the Brecon Beacons National Park and surrounding hills were whitewashed with 5-10 cm of dry, spongy snow

I avoided the crowds of the Central Beacons Massif and drove to Llanddeusant - the staging point for the Black Mountain / Mynydd Du in the west of the National Park

Didn't arrive until 9am but I was still the first car there

The snowline started at the car park and I didn't have to leave the slopes enclosing the glacial lake Llyn-y-Fan Fach to lay down the first turns of the season

Even got a first descent on one of the faces which plunges down to the lake

Not many turns because it cliffs out and not enough snow to fill the gully skier's right which drops to the lake

A brilliant first day

Llyn-y-Fan Fach, Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales
25 November 2017













Having trouble with YouTube so here's the Instagram link to the vid in the meantime

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bb_nWPlnjuW/?taken-by=mikethesnow


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Congratulations - so you got your birthday present! Madeye-Smiley
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Congratulations - so you got your birthday present! Madeye-Smiley


Thanks, and yes Smile
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Excellent. Well done that man.


Cheers Smile
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@Mike Pow, Tis the season to be jolly Smile Smile Smile
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Hats off Mike Pow!! Good to see others who will get out and ski that sort of cover!

Sometimes isn't it just great to be out there?? Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy


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@Mike Pow, Tis the season to be jolly Smile Smile Smile


Always Smile
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Hats off Mike Pow!! Good to see others who will get out and ski that sort of cover!

Sometimes isn't it just great to be out there?? Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy


Definitely.

3 runs.

1 very average, 1 fast & cruisey on good low angle cover, 1 first descent on pretty technical terrain with big conseqences.

Fab views.

What's not to like Smile
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Not 100% clear from the pics (due to the spraying powder Laughing....) but are those touring skis/bindings? (Could well be pin bindings on the heel?)

You didn't walk up did you?
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