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Scotland snow reports 2016/2017

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The Lecht today has ~40% of its lifts open.

One of its earliest ever openings.

And perhaps the most lifts open, by %, on the planet...
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Whitegold wrote:
The Lecht today has ~40% of its lifts open.

One of its earliest ever openings.

And perhaps the most lifts open, by %, on the planet...


Good news, indeed, but hasn't The Lecht (or another Scottish resort) opened in October in recent years?
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Quote from Alan @ winterhighland ...

http://www.winterhighland.info/forum/read.php?2,172155

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Earliest start to date for any of the Scottish areas was on CairnGorm on 17th October 1992, but the end of the month there was fantastic conditions. Arguably October was the best the snow got in the whole of 1992, as the 91/92 season was horrific.

It was a bit of a flip in October 2002 when CairnGorm opened on the 26th, by the 2003 season saw drought conditions in Highland Scotland as slightly displaced Northern Blocking sat in residence throughout much of winter (and then the subsequent summer which was scorchio)!

Of course while the Lecht opened on Halloween in 2008, CairnGorm was experiencing an outbreak of cosmetic snow* that day.


* 'cosmetic snow' was the term used by CML's management at the time in dismissing the snow cover as unskiable and not worth opening the lifts. Meanwhile many ski tourers were enjoying deep powder top to bottom runs off all faces without dinging their bottoms.
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http://www.glencoemountain.co.uk/snow-report/

Glencoe are running the access lift for touring and sledging this weekend. Lots of snow last night
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Nicely produced video by skiclub from last season at Nevis Range ...


http://youtube.com/v/Nt_kteuFgBI
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Great vid showcasing some fabulous conditions
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Frustratingly close amounts of snow at all resorts, but not enough.......
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I am surprised to see that no-one has mentioned that Cairngorm is open today-Sunday. No tows open, funicular for skiers uplift only, no equipment hire, 5 pistes open back to the base station, reduced ticket price and limited availability (250).
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Lecht open this weekend too.
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Was anyone skiing in Scotland today Puzzled Just wondering what it was like...
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Not too good I would imagine. The Lecht never opened the lifts and Cairngorm isn't open today (Sunday) due to the rise in temperature I believe.
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Cairngorm report here: looks pretty dire due to the thaw http://www.winterhighland.info/forum/read.php?2,172048,page=3
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Sad Doesn't look promising any time soon according to MWIS
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Not good. Was hoping to get some slope time before I go to Italy t the end of January, not looking likely at the moment.
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@scotspikey, it was like this last year and I had a decent day at Glenshee in mid January so maybe.

I was hoping to get a day up in my week off over xmas - don't think that's going to happen. Oh well skis and board still in loft- Glentress with the bike instead! Very Happy
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Scotland looking unlikely to open before January.
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Am I missing something, or are we in for a heuge dump of snow over Christmas and Hogmany?

Metcheck seems to be forecasting around -2 to + 3 celcius for Fort Bill for the next 10 days along with loads of precipitation.

That should do the trick, no?
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@TheGeneralist I does look like a fair amount of snow forecast in the next week or so. Given the forecast strong winds though some slopes will probably get a lot of snow blown in and others will likely be stripped bare. I doubt they'll be much if any skiing until Jan, assuming we can keep the snow that does fall.
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Fairly heavy snow at Glencoe today.

http://www.winterhighland.info/cams/glencoe/

Sunday looks interesting Shocked
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Great day ski touring inbounds at Cairngorm today Very Happy - skis on at car park; mountain looked scoured by the wind but snow excellent from zig zags up; sunny; not too windy; ascended to about 50m above top of Ptarmigan Tow (to where snow ran out - scoured...). Descent was pisted from top station (Traverse, Cas, Zig Zags) - combat descent below middle station but got to car park ok.

Pics to follow in due course.

One or two lifts open tomorrow for very limited skiing - oo er...it's going to be carnage...Shocked

Planning on another ski tour but avoiding the crowds - heard a good report about a Lurchers Gully ascent from fellow tourers today Smile.
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Cairngorm Report - Day 2 - Wed 28. 12.16:

Snow had been lost overnight after a rise in the freezing level, making Lurchers Gully less enticing from what we could see. The ski area was indeed open as forecast, with uplift restricted to the train and Ciste Tow only. Because of that, and as the wind was gusting strongly at car park level, we decided to skin up inbounds via the Gun Barrel and Cas.

The wind worsened as we climbed, with progress difficult in parts by we got half way up the Cas. Snow cover was still pretty good in the Cas - not sure why it couldn't have been opened as the tow track was all well covered. Still we had the place to ourselves, which was great.

We decided to not skin higher than the Cas as the wind got even stronger. Instead we skinned to the top of the Fiacaill Ridge Tow (with Mrs MA being blown over en route...) and had a lovely descent on soft snow back towards the car park. The run was sheltered from the wind too. A bit of walking and combat skiing to reach the bottom but another nice day out with good visibility.
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A few pics of our Cairngorm ski touring - 27 and 28 Dec 2016 Very Happy











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Great photos! Looks like a worthwhile trip.
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Can anyone answer this question ? How many days was Glenshee open last winter ?
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JoyZipper wrote:
Can anyone answer this question ? How many days was Glenshee open last winter ?


all stats here, but it was 58

http://www.winterhighland.info/forum/read.php?2,171612
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Glencoe usually does well from a westerly. Less well from the north. They have some big drifts in the right places so worth keeping an eye open for this weekend. It will certainly be cold enough !
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I'm sure this has been posted else where but still a charming film:


Glencoe (1939 - 1994) from Doug Bryce
https://vimeo.com/16034266
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Snow gates Closed Tomintoul a939 !!
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http://www.winterhighland.info/cams/glencoe/

Pretty heavy Cool
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Fingers crossed the high pressure for next week doesnt wipe the snow out!
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MWIS being quite bullish....

All mountain areas of Britain from Friday 13th January 2017

Widespread snow across the mountains through to the weekend and most terrain will be frozen, except for lower slopes in Wales. Temperatures will tend to rise from the west over the weekend. Substantially dry next week; summits may for periods be above freezing point, but latest evidence suggests under high pressure thaw will be slow. Highest risk of rain will be on the NW Highlands.
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Skied some skinny cover in the Moffat Hills yesterday. Most of the snow had already been blown off the hills down to the road and the view from the house is looking mostly green and brown today after last night's rain.

http://rossofmoffat.com/albums/porridge-cairn-from-megget-stone/

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Disastrous ski season for Scotland.

Looks like it could be one of the worst of all time.

Could even be completely snowless for some resorts.
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@Whitegold, don't be daft. It's still early season here. Glencoe didn't open at all last year till about now. We'll judge it in a few weeks time.
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@scotspikey, don't feed the troll!
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@moffatross, Very nice Smile
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Going into February and still pretty much everywhere closed.

Nitemare season for Scotland resorts.
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Yep, it's a little worrying. I know last year was a poor start but I can't think of the last time when there was virtually no skiing (just the odd day at Cairngorm and Lecht) before February.
Trouble with our weather systems is that we often get either cold and dry (now) or milder with rain.
Still fingers crossed for the next week or so...
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Posted by the Winterhighland site owner a couple of days ago ...

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Over 61 years of lift served snowsports the average opening date at Glencoe was 17th January. Indeed after a few days skiing at Glencoe from Tue 12th Jan last year, we were in a similar situation now snow wise with big storms rolling through last third of the month and not enough snow left for skiing, before things restarted tentatively on 31st January, and conditions built steadily to give a fantastic February half term, with good conditions across all five areas. Glencoe and CairnGorm skied into May after that.

The latest ever start to the Scottish Season since mechanised snowsports begun was 19th February 1989 - with just one third of the Cas T-bar open on CairnGorm.
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