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WALES 2018/19: SNOW, IT'S NOT JUST FOR (A CHILD'S) CHRISTMAS IN WALES

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Mouse555 wrote:
That 2nd run was terrifying Very Happy was expecting to slow down as it levelled out but wasn't happening and thought if I made a turn at that speed I'd be over the side!

I have a bit of a phobia for those narrow sections Very Happy


Was a little easier when you sorted your boots out Wink
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As the season is probably just about over (thought that 2 weeks ago), I thought i'd have a look at the statistics.. Personally i've had lots of fun, but it doesn't look like it's been a good season.. which I guess is encouraging snowHead

That's probably me being slightly naive suggesting you'll definitely get more 'snow days' if average temperatures are lower.. but there's surely at least a weak correlation.. even in a place where the weather changes so quickly from one day to the next wink

I suspect the figures are slightly skewed by some incredibly warm periods.. whereas those 'warm' periods would normally be 'mild' and snowless anyway.. so the number of 'snow days' isn't really affected much. The 1961-1990 and 1981-2010 maps are pretty interesting as well. Shows much more regular, extensive snowcover across the Cambrian mountains 50 years ago, whereas now it's just the highest peaks seeing somewhat regular snowcover.

Last winter that was noticeably colder than average - 2010-11. All the others have been average or above!

Temperatures averages for Wales 2018-19

November - 0.7C above average
December - 2.5C above average
January - 0.2C above average
February - 2.4C above average
March - 1.2C above average
April - 1C above average (CET to 10th)




I was doing a bit of research on this the other day and looks like there's quite a bit of history with Welsh skiing - North and South!

http://search.digido.org.uk/?id=llgc-id%3A1504979&query=*&query_type=full_text&page=723&img_id=2

I believe that's the old Storey Arms when it was a pub? I'm sure we've all heard stories of the infamous rope tow and the 200 skiiers hitting the slopes at weekends!

Thomas Shelby here on his Christmas holidays Laughing





It is a shame it's not as popular as it used to be. I think maybe the milder winters and the fact it's much more affordable to travel abroad in recent decades have made it become far more 'hardcore' than it needs to be. With it becoming less popular, i've noticed there's a massive misconception on how much snow you need to 'ski'. Ski down the slope next to the path and people will look at you, mouths open, cameras out like you're walking on water.. because they've been abroad and they assume you won't be able to move unless it looks like that Very Happy

But has it even become less popular? Have winters really become much less snowy? People tend to look into the past with rose tinted glasses. It's entirely possible someone had a few too many drinks at the inn or picked the wrong mushrooms and saw 200 skiers when there were only 2 Very Happy
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200 people owning their own equipment back in the day and then all assembling on the same day seems very unlikely to me.
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While we wait for May snowfall, two vids with awesome views of our playground

John Smith


http://youtube.com/v/TrSN6SpNPk0



Alyn Wallace


http://youtube.com/v/HcC1y2_J7BQ
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Nice!

I'm debating getting a drone.. even if it's just to ferry equipment about Very Happy
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@Mouse555, A chance of some turns yet. I've had April Welsh skiing for the last 3 or 4 years Smile
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AndAnotherThing.. wrote:
@Mouse555, A chance of some turns yet. I've had April Welsh skiing for the last 3 or 4 years Smile


The most consecutive days I've had this season were in April with 4 Very Happy

Apart from that, it's been 1-2 days here and there.. which somehow brings my total to 16 (2-3 weren't really skiable and are included more on a technicality Very Happy ) but I've definitely missed a couple.

Missed a good day in November where there was some hard, crisp snow above the saddle between Corn Du and Pen y Fan, and there's been a few days where I've not bothered going back because I know it won't be as good as the day before.

I think there may be a day left yet though!
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Everything crossed
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Yep it's a long time until November..

Anyone ever got any October turns? I managed to get my car stuck last October on a sleety/slushy mess on top of the B4329.. didn't have the skis with me though Very Happy
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