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WALES 2019/20: LET'S GET READY TO TUMBLE

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TUESDAY 22 OCTOBER 2019

Morning all,

It's that time of year again.

Met Office and Snow-Forecast calling for some white gold this coming weekend.

https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/specialist-forecasts/mountain/brecon-beacons#?date=2019-10-22
https://www.snow-forecast.com/resorts/Penyfan/6day/top


At the start of Summer I put my neck on the block and 'predicted' the first snowfall - Yr Eira Gyntaf - in the Brecon Beacons National Park would be Wednesday 30 October 2019.

Fingers crossed Mother Nature wants to get the party started earlier.

For anyone interested in making turns in Wales this winter here are some links to weather, webcams, and previous TRs.

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: WALES 2018/19 - SNOW IS NOT JUST FOR (A CHILD'S) CHRISTMAS IN WALES
https://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=139843


SR: SKI WALES - 2017/18 Winter Season in the Brecon Beacons & Snowdonia National Parks
https://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=133719&sid=18df3e0940de2320117808c3286935ca


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.


This was the best day out there for me last Winter


http://youtube.com/v/p-8c4On-nBk&feature=youtu.be



Was up in the Central Beacons Massif last month scoping lines. Fingers crossed the steeper faces of Cribyn and Pen-y-Fan are in play this season.

Mouse555 is ready.

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4 days for me last Winter, but I was a part-timer compared with the young fella Mouse555


http://youtube.com/v/mDFBjssNWA0
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Yep, fingers crossed. I've a list of stuff to go at if we get the conditions.
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https://www.mountain-forecast.com/peaks/Cadair-Berwyn/forecasts/830

16cm forecast for the Berwyns on the 12pm run. Definitely more chance of snow further north but looks like some sort of transitioning between rain/snow with very marginal temperatures. Latitude could be the difference.

Saturday looks cold and sunny. It could be one of those days where you really don't know until you go!

Met office still aren't buying the idea at all. They've got warnings for heavy rain.
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Got a couple of days yet. Lots can happen Smile
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It looks like there's plenty of precipitation headed our way but unfortunately the freezing level is well above the summits.

Looking cooler next week, so 30 October could still be on.
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Yet again it looks like Ireland is taking our snow snowHead

A difference in freezing level of about 2000m.
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Could buy a lot of techno-alpine snow makers for 350 million a week snowHead

#Brecon2030 #BackTheBid
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Snowdon railway closed today at the very top because of snow apparently...
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That's Snowdon's first fall then


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I just wanted to chip in and salute you guys. Grew up in Pencoed not so far from there Wink That is hardcore.
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Come back Smile

The more the merrier.
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Looking cold..ish for the first half of November. Some nice precipitation spikes as well.. because cold and dry ain't no good for us!

Models always tend to revert to the average further on you go, so doesn't necessarily mean things will warm up as the month goes on. For snow at carpark level, you really want that white line dropping below the -5 isotherm. Where it is at the moment looks quite marginal for rain/snow over the tops. Snowdonia should be white again but Beacons may just miss out!

Latitude is quite a big factor because freezing levels are nearly always lower in the north.. and obviously the mountains are lower in the south!
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Thanks Mike Smile We just moved to Nelson in BC (Whitewater), we'll be giving that a go for a while. If we're back and it snows I'd love to get out.

Never skiied as a kid. Once you get the bug it's pretty potent eh? Toofy Grin
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motdoc wrote:
Thanks Mike Smile We just moved to Nelson in BC (Whitewater), we'll be giving that a go for a while. If we're back and it snows I'd love to get out.

Never skiied as a kid. Once you get the bug it's pretty potent eh? Toofy Grin


You've picked a great spot.

And yes the bug is terminal Smile
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Haj, so desu!
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Wednesday/Thursday is looking interesting. Big area of low pressure coming in off the Atlantic and it makes slow progress. Met Office now saying snow above 700m for the Beacons, but it looks very tight with temperatures around 4-5C expected in Sennybridge. Oh the excitement snowHead
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@Mouse555, Wed\Thurs does look interesting.

Where\how did you pull the chart from ?
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Friday looking like the day

https://www.snow-forecast.com/resorts/Penyfan/6day/top
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@Mouse555, Wed\Thurs does look interesting.

Where\how did you pull the chart from ?


https://www.wetterzentrale.de/en/pointmap.php?map=EU&member=ENS&fbclid=IwAR1I_CD8Xh6wUpzLcOmuiuurwFYE6hSA8kYWTkoS923a40EE5un9zvvnSN8

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EIdueJZX0AA7lNH?format=png&name=medium

Some really nice northern blocking with some of the charts for mid November as well. Rare to get it over the arctic and scandinavia!
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Unfortunately Thursday didn't materialise but looking promising for the first snowfall of the season for the Beacons on Saturday. Snowfall above 300m initially but expected to turn to rain below about 700m in the afternoon. There's plenty of good terrain above 700m in the central Beacons so that's no problem! Snow should stick around for Sunday with light winds and good visibility! I'm going to try and get up on Saturday to see what it's looking like and whether Sunday may be worth the trip for those further afield.

Similar scenario looks likely for Monday with rain pushing in from the west. Except maybe slightly milder to start so looks like most of the precipitation will be rain. Colder later so precipitation turning back to snow above 600m. Still loads of uncertainty with timings and freezing levels but next week is looking generally quite cold.

Snowdon summit looking sub zero for the next week. They've had some snow today and I think it will be piling up day to day at the top, so definitely keeping an eye on that!
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If snow-forecast is accurate then +20cm on the cards for next week
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A few light flurries in downtown Llandrindod Wells this morning but not enough to get excited about.
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Nothing much on the Beacons.

Berwyns looking the best place for tomorrow.
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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-50359085
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Has Wales invested in lift systems? Or is it bus, train or walk back up the hill?
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Mouse555 and I started the 2019/20 Wales Skiing Season on Cadair Berwyn in the Berwyn Range.

We accessed the mountains from the Pistyll Rhaeadr car park.

Long but steady walk in on snow to get to the goods.

Upper mountain was up to knee deep.

Lower down it was about 15cm on top of heather. Difficult.

Pics and vids to follow.
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Maybe I should rather go to Wales this winter! Madeye-Smiley

Looking forward to the reporting from all of you.
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There are a few places where you could do car shuttles if the roads weren't bad, but pretty much it's walk up.
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First day of 2019-20 in the Berwyn mountains.







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Cant wait to be back in Snowdonia, have new rock skis to baptise!
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Great stuff Mouse555 - hats off to you Very Happy

Did you manage some decent turns?
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Hi guys - great to see you got out in the Berwyns! Any thoughts on central Beacons this weekend? Looks like the next few days might produce some decent snow up high... I should be around Saturday if anyone fancies a dabble, or possibly Friday... Rob
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Hi guys - great to see you got out in the Berwyns! Any thoughts on central Beacons this weekend? Looks like the next few days might produce some decent snow up high... I should be around Saturday if anyone fancies a dabble, or possibly Friday... Rob


Friday looking like the day at the moment.
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SUNDAY 10 NOVEMBER 2019

OPENING DAY FOR THE 2019/20 WELSH SKI SEASON

With the Northern reaches of Powys getting the brunt of the first white storm of the Winter it was time to explore pastures new.

I met Chris (@Mouse555) at the Pistyll Rhaeadr car park at 6am, and we headed up to the summit of Cadair Berwyn under starry skies and the slowly rising sun.

The sun was shining all day, the views spread out in all directions, and the snow - knee deep in places - was fantastic.

Worth every step of the 2hr walk in and 2.5 hr drive.


http://youtube.com/v/o7EyUyOiZ98




http://youtube.com/v/iCESgvXvnUs




http://youtube.com/v/v2vARb92jL0
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14th/15th November 2019 - Powys Powder!

A fantastic couple days spent in the Central Beacons with top to bottom riding on both days. Things have warmed up a bit but it looks like there's still some nice patches clinging on at height. Weather is supposed to be cold and sunny tomorrow so was hoping to go up early and see what's left!



http://youtube.com/v/fgCNVCpActI&feature=youtu.be
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