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Scotland Snow Reports 2017 / 2018

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@MCL, been there. Skiing is less painful than walking.
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The Lecht and Glenshee are currently pisting some of their slopes.
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Visited Cairngorm today and there was more snow than I expected, they are out on the hill working on de-icing the tows etc. and intend to get something open for the weekend or possibly Friday if the weather is OK, the home road looked good for getting back to the bottom but it was too misty to see what it was like further over, there were quite a few people in the restaurant who had skinned up via the zigzags.
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@Peter S, exciting hopefully something going for Saturday.

Well it sounds like my toe is no excuse! Very Happy
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Cairngorm open tomorrow in a limited fashion:Wednesday 29th November 3:30pm. Snow sports opening tomorrow with skiing off the train on a pisted run from Top Station to Base Station on the Traverse, 105, Zig Zags and Home Road. Conditions are improving but at the moment there is insufficient snow to open any of the other lifts or pistes. Ticket price will be £20.40 for an Adult, Ski Hire will remain closed until this weekend. The forecast is wind NNW 40 gusting 50mph on the summits and a cold temperature of -8C. It’s been a great run of weather for snow making, with the guns doing a continuous run of six 24 hour days non stop. Hopefully the start of a great season. First update on skiing conditions will be at 8.30am tomorrow. Funicular opening at 10am last train up 3pm. Wintry conditions drive with care. Cheers Ops2.
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Just read that on Facebook @orange, thanks for posting, saves me editing my post.
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@MCL, I would not wait until Saturday. It looks like there will be rain and warmer weather by then.
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@Bigtipper, unfortunately I have to work until then

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Whitegold wrote:
Dougie wrote:
Going back to Scotland this year for the first time since 1988. Only a long weekend, but can’t wait. With going to Glenshee, this website seems to have all I need.

http://greghilton.co.uk/snow_forecast/gfsruns.php?select=glenshee

Any other suggestions?


www.winterhighland.info is the most popular website for everything in one place.


Thanks for that link. Sorry it took so long to reply but totally forgot I had even posted! Came on here to ask a question and found I had already asked it!
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Any tips as to where to stay for overnight (1 or 2 nights), B&B type or S/C accommodation, for Glencoe and Glenshee, coming up from the South? Any specific accommodations to contact direct, or just look on the usual online sites? (Sorry, used to skiing at Cairngorm or Nevis Range when staying Kingussie area; never made specific trips to Glencoe or Glenshee, but now are the nearest for me, if open.)
Thanks.
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@Grizzler, I’ve stayed at the Travelodge in Fort William previously, which is past Glencoe but has a selection of bars:restaurants etc. Also has shops if the lifts don’t spin!
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@Grizzler, Pitlochry has a fair selection of places to stay - all budgets - is within striking distance of Glenshee and has plenty boozers etc
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@Grizzler, for Glen Coe I've stayed at the Clachaig Inn, but it's a bit of a drive to Nevis from there. Also stayed at the Clan Mcduff Hotel near Fort William, nearer to Nevis, but then a fair drive to Glen Coe.

I though both were good value for money.
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Had a good day at Cairngorm despite the poor visibility, there was only the run off the train to the bottom but the snow was good most of the way, at the moment there is not enough snow on the Ptarmigan bowl side to open anything in that area, I don't know if there is enough snow to get any tows open on the Cas side but it was snowing when I left so who knows, anyone interested in going up should check Cairngorms Facebook page for updates or their website.
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For Glenshee Braemar is the closest, has Youth Hostel and reasonable hotels and everything in between, but it's North of the ski resort. Will be much easier once the Aberdeen bypass opens.
Blairgowrie is also good: on the A93 30 minutes from Glenshee. There's one or two places further up the Glen as well - Bridge of Cally Hotel website here: https://www.inspiredhotels.co.uk/
The Spittal of Glenshee hotel burned down a few years ago, but there are self-catering lodges nearby at Glenbeag Mountain Lodges in Spittal. Ten minutes from the ski centre.
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Re Scotland accommodation:

We sometimes stay en route on our first night of trips to the Highlands - eg Perth Travelodges can be very cheap (under £40) and it's easily commutable to Glencoe or Glenshee from there.

Alternatively, there can be good deals for Perth on Hotels.com or Booking.com (eg we have booked Holiday Inn Express, Salutation, Station Hotel and more for £50 or less for a double room.)

Or stay near Dumbarton, Paisley, or Glasgow Airport on the way to Glencoe - eg Travelodge, Dumbuck House, Erskine Bridge Hotel, Normandy Hotel; or in Callander (loads of hotels). All of the above locations are 60-75 mins from the slopes of Glencoe - and again, we've booked them all last minute for £50 or less.

Once you are there:
- Blairgowrie (loads of hotels and B&Bs) is about 30 mins from Glenshee.
- The following can be good value for Glencoe trips (20 -30 mins drive): Crianlarich Hotel; Bridge of Orchy Hotel; Travelodge in For William; plus loads of B&Bs in Ft Bill.
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Stathardle Inn, Kirkmichael. Great place. Good food, friendly. Just 20 - 25 mins south of Glenshee.
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Stathardle Inn, Kirkmichael. Great place. Good food, friendly. Just 20 - 25 mins south of Glenshee.


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Accommodation recommendations: http://www.corranbunkhouse.co.uk

Mid way between Glencoe and Nevis. Fantastic place. Only been once but will be 1st choice next time. Pub across Corran ferry at Ardgour or (new and looks v fancy) at hotel next door, or:

http://www.inchree.co.uk

5 mins (walk) round the corner from above, has onsite pub.

Or endless choice of hotels/b&bs in Fort William, best value twin possibly the West End Hotel but not open all season. Otherwise the usual websites.

Check out the chalets at Braemar Lodge for Glenshee. Has a fantastic whisky selection in the hotel (think we spent more on drink than accommodation here Embarassed ). Alternatively Craiglea B&B. Not stayed (the 1 time I've stayed near Glenshee there were 5 of us) but owner is a regular on Winterhighland so will be equipped for skiers.
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I'll second what...snow's recommendation of the inchree chalets, I've stayed there twice with friends. As he said it's midway between Nevis Range and Glencoe, and it has a pub onsite. Very Happy

I've also stayed at the Braemar Lodge for Glenshee (in a hotel room), but later on this season I'll be trying one of their chalets.
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anyone stayed in the Hobbit holes at Glencoe??
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kitenski wrote:
anyone stayed in the Hobbit holes at Glencoe??
My daughters boyfriend and his mates stayed there when I was in the Clachaig. They said that the idea was great, until you all came back in wet through and steaming gently.

I didn't mention the pubs superb drying room. Much!
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Glencoe, Cairngorm and The Lecht all open for the start of December! Very Happy Glenshee say they may open one lift and run later today if the wind dies down.

Lowther Hill opened for a few days in November, so that just leaves Nevis Range who have yet to open. Their access gondola is currently undergoing maintenance.
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It is going to rain heavily for a week, and freezing level is going to rise above the top lifts. Get out today or wait for more snow!
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MWIS fairly bullish though, this will "consolidate" the snowpack if the thaw isn't too bad

All mountain areas of Britain from Saturday 2nd December 2017

High pressure to the west of Ireland will dominate the weather early next week. There will be continued thaw, slow higher areas, and fronts coming in will give rain and drizzle intermittently on the W & NW Highlands, but little elsewhere. Beyond mid-week remains complex. Another period of Arctic northerlies is now increasingly likely. Some forecasts suggest considerable snowfall on some mountain areas as the northerly winds develop.
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Looks like Cairngorm, Lecht and Glen Coe all open for skiing. Great start to the season.
Glenshee may have opened too today. Good times!
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In spite of the website saying they might open the northern run off Sunnyside tomorrow, the latest webcam shows a couple of hardy souls skiing down that run, with what looks like at least one person on the Sunnyside tow going up. Might just be some staff testing things out, but there are cars in the main car park, so I think that puts Glenshee on the 'open' list for December 1st as well. Well done to everyone!
Edited to add: next image showing half a dozen definitely on the poma tow line. Not Glenshee's busiest opening day, but they've managed it!
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Great day at the Lecht today- they weren’t exaggerating on Facebook when they said open runs were full width: was more open than I expected.

A fiver off the cost of day tickets. A few minutes queuing first thing but then almost straight on lifts as they got the chair open and the Buzzard tow on across the road.

(The toe held up- the driving was worse than skiing Very Happy )

Glenshee looked very patchy on Sunnyside as we drove past so was definitely worth the extra drive and looked even worse on the way back- a few people seemed to be there though.
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Could be another cold spell coming up from Thursday. Looks like the rain has washed away most of the base and snow and the extra rain coming will remove the rest. Still, the ground will be cold by the time it snows again on Thursday. Might be some skiing by Xmas?
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Lecht was super fun yesterday... was there for 830... skied till 1...

great first day of the season...

see what Thursdays weather brings.....
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October 2017 = no skiing.
November 2017 = some skiing at very end of month, Glencoe opened unusually early.
December 2017 = sudden thaw in week 1 and everywhere shut back down.
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Very funny Whitegold!

Not sure how you can summarise December yet, given we're only four days in. And three out of the four Highland centres are still open anyway. Laughing

Not to mention that more snow is forecast later this week.
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Well Cairngorm has had their Snow factory delivered today and Glencoe's is due on the 12th so two resorts will definitely have some snow in December, the Lecht will have the Snow factory for February and March. When is the last time there was skiing in October @Whitegold, I can only remember about 1993/4 and it turned out to be a terrible year for skiing.
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Whitegold ignores the fact that in Scotland we have good and bad years. Fingers crossed for a good one this year, the waiting and watching was horrible last year.
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Still some snow on the ground, and a week or longer of sub zero temperatures below bottem lift levels. Snow is due the heaviest on Friday night in Cairngorm and The Lecht, with Glenshee expected to get the least.

This could result in enough snow to start bashing the pistes in time for January.
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It is now Friday night, cold weather is forecast for another week at least. Snow has fallen in Scotland where I am, and the local hill looks like tomorrow or Monday might be worth a climb. (for a few short slides at the top)

Cairngorm still is getting the best forecasts, but Wednesday next week looks like more snow and some for Glenshee. Webcams for Glencoe look like there is not enough snow yet for me, but some runs open for beginners in Glencoe tomorrow.

Envious of conditions in Val D/Tignes currently, but optimistic that I will at least get my skis on next week if not lift served!
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Glencoe looking amazing for this time of year.

https://www.facebook.com/GlencoeMountain/photos/pcb.1969235606437544/1969235463104225/?type=3&theater
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Really quite jealous of the snow thats fallen on some parts of the midlands - was hoping for a big dump ahead of christmas and a cheeky wee midweek trip to glenshee
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@nelly0168, me too- off Christmas week and hoping to get a day at Glenshee or Lecht
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