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

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stevie.j. wrote:
@BertieG,
hi heading to pen y fan in morning looking to set off from pont at daf carpark, just down from the storey arms car park, more of a gentle walk up, at around half eight to nine company on the walk up be great.


Pleasure to meet you today.

Hopefully make some turns together next time 👍
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Good stuff.

That north face looks epic.
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Whitegold wrote:
Good stuff.

That north face looks epic.


Cheers.

Yeah it's not 'on' very often and there was too much snow on Monday. A nasty cornice had formed half way down the face so stayed well clear.
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@Mike Pow, Epic indeed but beyond me unfortunately. I'm guessing that drop-ins from further down and round the ridge both sides are much more achievable for us mortals? Also, any updates on snow conditions after today's rain will be gratefully read!
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@Mike Pow, Epic indeed but beyond me unfortunately. I'm guessing that drop-ins from further down and round the ridge both sides are much more achievable for us mortals? Also, any updates on snow conditions after today's rain will be gratefully read!


Indeed.

That's where I played on Monday. Skier's left down the ridge from Pen-y-Fan dropping into Cwm Sere.

Pics and vid later.
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MONDAY 11 DECEMBER 2017

MOUNTAIN PEOPLE

They come from far and wide to revel in the winter conditions in the Brecon Beacons National Park.

Dan McIntyre (@danmac4114) had driven from Bracknell, Berkshire; Tom McConnel was up from Devon; and John (@j__p__e) had driven from Talybont.

Although John's journey was the shortest it was the most difficult as he had to dig the car out first.

I'd set out before sunrise in anticipation of catching first light from up high, but when the forecasted sunshine failed to materialise and the high winds chilled me to the bone I took off the skins and started to ski back to the car.

About halfway down I met Dan, Tom & John and after a quick chat changed my mind about bailing for the day.

They set off ahead of me as I put the skins back on.

By the time I caught sight of them again they'd headed right to ski the Cefn Crew slopes and I'd continued on to Pen-y-Fan with local photographer Anthony Pease (@pease971).

Although I didn't get to make turns with the boys - I saw their handiwork on my way down to the car at sunset - it was great to meet like-minded people on the mountain.

Dan, Tom & John









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Must have missed you all in the cloud
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Must have missed you all in the cloud!

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Easily done 😀
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[quote="BertieG"]Must have missed you all in the cloud
Pen y fan by foilflyer2, on Flickr
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Someone in the avalanche thread is reporting there was an avalanche in Wales and some dood nearly dead.
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@Whitegold, avalanched, yes. Nearly died, no. A slab ruptured above him, carrying him a distance down the slope. Few bruises, lost his poles, broke his phone, wasn’t buried. His account is on the British Backcountry FB page...

Makes you think, mind.
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MONDAY 11 DECEMBER 2017

MOUNTAIN PEOPLE

It was an absolute pleasure to meet photographer Anthony Pease (@pease971) on the path to Pen-y-Fan this morning

I'd set out before sunrise in anticipation of catching first light from up high, but when the forecasted sunshine failed to materialise and the high winds chilled me to the bone I took off the skins and started to ski back to the car.

About halfway down I waited to see if there would be a break in the weather and met Anthony who was on his way down from the summit of Pen-y-Fan.

We saw a glimmer of blue sky, changed our minds, and made our way back to the summit of Pen-y-Fan.

We were both very glad we did.

Despite the howling winds and biting cold it was magical when the sun broke through and revealed unlimited views across the Brecon Beacons National Park, from the Black Mountain in the west to the Black Mountains in the east, and the pearl - the Central Beacons Masssif - in the middle.

Anthony 'Getting The Shot'





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https://www.instagram.com/p/Bcpc2Gunwi3/?taken-by=mikethesnow


To see Anthony's fantastic images please visit his Instagram gallery

https://www.instagram.com/pease971/
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MONDAY 11 DECEMBER 2017

MOUNTAIN PEOPLE

After making one run into Cwm Sere from the ridge line skier's left of the Pen-y-Fan gullies, I got back to the summit plateau of Pen-y-Fan to take photos and drink in the views.

Whilst I was up top I met a Brecon Beacons legend, Bryn Evans from Caerphilly (originally from Cardiff).

A retired Royal Marine, Bryn is a fit and sprightly 71 years of age who still has the passion to walk the Brecon Beacons, especially under a blanket of snow.

Over a wonderful conversation he shared that he still skis; has skied across Scotland from East coast to West; and spent many years in Norway training Royal Marines in Winter Warfare & Travel.

He's also responsible for one of the most gruelling selection exercises for the British Special Forces - a timed march from Llanddeusant in the West of the National Park to Capel-y-Ffin in the East which has affectionately become known as 'Bryn's Ball Buster'!

I started skiing the Brecon Beacons National Park in 1997, where I would often be the only person on the mountain some winter mornings let alone the only skier.

Bryn told me that he started skiing the Brecon Beacons some 30 years earlier in 1967 in leather boots and cable bindings!

He said he'd have a look up the attic to dig out some old photos of skiing in the Beacons.

I can't wait to see them

Bryn Evans









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Inspirational - both.


Cheers.

How are things?
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Good job guys...inspiring!
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motdoc wrote:
Good job guys...inspiring!


Many thanks
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MONDAY 11 DECEMBER 2017

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On my way back to the car I stopped to talk with photographers Ian and Nick (@nickmasonphotography) who were on Cefn Crew setting up for sunset shots of Corn Du and Pen-y-Fan.

Ian is a lecturer in Creative Arts in Coleg y Cymoedd Nantgarw and he was out shooting on film on an old fashioned camera.

It was very interesting to see him set up his shots with a loupe on the back plate and then don the hood to block out the light.

Think I'll stick with my @Panasonic GX80 micro 4/3 set up Smile

Ian

















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Great thread @Mike Pow,
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@Mike Pow, re-baselining epic, as usual. Great thread 👊

Nick’s an occasional sH and Lofoten veteran too. Not seen him for ages, how was he?
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Inspirational - both.


Cheers.

How are things?


Good!
Been trying to figure out how to fit in a trip of a lifetime to Japan before I get too old.
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Layne wrote:
Great thread @Mike Pow,


Cheers 🍻 👍
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Sharkymark wrote:
@Mike Pow, re-baselining epic, as usual. Great thread 👊

Nick’s an occasional sH and Lofoten veteran too. Not seen him for ages, how was he?


Much appreciated.

He's very well
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imorris wrote:
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Inspirational - both.


Cheers.

How are things?


Good!
Been trying to figure out how to fit in a trip of a lifetime to Japan before I get too old.
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Good to hear 👍
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MONDAY 11 DECEMBER 2017

Had the full gamut of weather conditions and light on and around Corn Du, Pen-y-Fan and Cribyn

















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MONDAY 11 DECEMBER 2017

PEN-Y-FAN POWDER!

I bid farewell to Anthony Pease (@pease971) on the summit plateau of Pen-y-Fan and dropped into Cwm Llwch - the glacial cirque between Corn Du and Pen-y-Fan - and traversed round to the ridge line which separates Cwm Llwch and Cwm Sere.

Cwm Sere is the glacial cirque between Pen-y-Fan and Cribyn and looked to have the best snow conditions this morning. And it was bathed in sunshine Smile

There was a fair bit of windblown snow on the ridge line and the east facing slopes, which created some interesting patterns and ski conditions.

I did one lap in boot top powder about halfway down the slope and then bootpacked my way back to the summit plateau of Pen-y-Fan intending to ski around to Cribyn.

But after spending time chatting with Bryn Evans up top there wasn't enough daylight to do the Cribyn loop.

So I dropped into Cwm Sere for my second lap and skied to the river at the valley bottom.









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https://www.instagram.com/p/Bcyt25_Hqk9/?taken-by=mikethesnow



CORN DU SUNSET

Before my final run of the day - from the Cefn Crew ridgeline back to Pont-ar-Daf car park - I stopped to watch the sun lighting up Corn Du and Pen-y-Fan.









INTO THE SUNSET

My final run of the day - from the Cefn Crew ridgeline back to Pont-ar-Daf car park - was under sunset skies.

A fantastic day in the mountains of Wales meeting great people and skiing some wonderful snow.

It's hard to beat #skiingonyourdoorstep









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https://www.instagram.com/p/Bc1cGrnHP10/?taken-by=mikethesnow


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@Mike Pow, Excellent. Thanks for sharing.
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@Mike Pow, Excellent. Thanks for sharing.


My pleasure
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@Mike Pow This is so great to see! I lived in the Rhondda for a couple of years but never managed to ski the Beacons, it looks amazing and I'm super jealous! (although I had 30cm in Solden, Austria on the 12th snowHead )

Thank you for sharing these pics and vids!!!

Fingers crossed for more snow, although it might be a bit of a drive from Portsmouth, I may have to make the trip! Laughing snowHead

W.
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@Mike Pow This is so great to see! I lived in the Rhondda for a couple of years but never managed to ski the Beacons, it looks amazing and I'm super jealous! (although I had 30cm in Solden, Austria on the 12th snowHead )

Thank you for sharing these pics and vids!!!

Fingers crossed for more snow, although it might be a bit of a drive from Portsmouth, I may have to make the trip! Laughing snowHead

W.


Glad you liked them.

Definitely worth the trip from Portsmouth.
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Great shot from the Chairman of Black Mountains Gliding Club. Taken from 10,000ft in his Mini Nimbus glider.

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@Mike Pow, Good chance of more overnight. Quite a bit forecast on the local hill but raining outside now.
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On my way home from Hokkaido.

Snow in the Beacons is imminent.

See you up there 👍
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@Mike Pow, what’s the most skiable way down for a novice penyfaner?
Towards Neuadd reservoir? Or down to Storey arms (or the lower car park)-I suppose storey arms would be the quickest way up.
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Up and down from Pont-ar-Daf car park. Ski the Cefn Crew slopes.
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Mike you seem to be the man in the know and I have been jealously watching your forays in the Japanese powder on Intsagram the last few weeks. Are you hopeful for some snow on Pen Y Fan this weekend? Hoping to dust the ski's off on Sunday before heading out to France on the 11th. Dont want to put any holes in the ski's before I go though! Are there any local(ish) webcams that you know of?
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Very hopeful

https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/mobile/mountains/brecon-beacons
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Freezing level is going to be key.

Definitely a case of 'suck it & see'

http://www.snow-forecast.com/resorts/Penyfan/6day/top
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National Park webcams

http://www.breconbeacons.org/webcams
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Storey Arms webcam

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