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Ireland Snow Conditions

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Unfortunately the lack of any serious elevation and our maritime climate means we don't get much snow in Ireland. In saying that, the odd cold winter (2010) does deliver the goods. My farm is at 40m amsl and I have managed to ski here a few years. My preferred spot is Slieveanorra, a 500m hill in the Antrim Plateau which has good road access and I can normally get up there a few times a winter for some skiing/ sledging with the kids.

First chill of winter this evening and we may get a light sprinkling over the tops of the Sperrins.
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This may be the most optimistic thread on snowheads, but I nonetheless await with bated breath!

I did sledge down Djouce one year, it was great craic and there was proper skiing to be done for sure, but that was like, maybe one in 6 in terms of the amount of snow?

Very tempted to pick up a pair of cheap second hand touring skis for the fun just in case

Hoping to cycle the Sperrins at some point I believe they're pretty and underrated
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@8611, Yes, it is optimistic, but experience has shown me if you know where to look, you can find (deep) snow in most winters. 2009/2010 was amazing with probably 30 days of snow on my farm. With no Alpine skiing this winter I want to make the most of what is on my doorstep, even if it means hiking in!

Yes, the Sperrins are beautiful.
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I was up the Mournes one year with snow too and it was class, I think there's videos of lads skiing Donard on Youtube. Seriously steep there so if there was enough snow it could be pretty dramatic

Edit: there are loads - google skiing mournes, and they look good


http://youtube.com/v/AFWS3R1ZFlw
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As good as anywhere with that light
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That doggy loved it too Madeye-Smiley
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@8611, Great video. Took a drive through the Sperrins yesterday and walked to the summit of Mullaghcarn (541m). 2 C at the top, but not even a dusting yet.
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Well you've got me thinking and I'm now in process of sourcing a cheap pair of second hand skis so update if any developments. No point holding our breath unfortunately.
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Skiing with dogs - not without it's issues !

I'd love to ski the Irish back country, but may have to make do with the Shropshire Hills instead. Fingers crossed.
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@8611, great video. I've skied Dublin/Wicklow mountains in right conditions. Kippure, the highest point in Co Dublin at 750m can have snow loaded in gullies although a bit of a hike in. Tonlagee on the Wicklow Gap near Glendalough in Co Wicklow is much more accessible with road to about 450m that is normally ploughed and hill to over 800m. Have had some decent runs on steeper west side of this hill the last few snowy periods.
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Deadly. There's an amazing video of some really good powder skiing somewhere near Luggala on line too.

Can I ask, do you use skins or just hike up, and if you hike do you do it in ski boots or hiking boots and carry the skis? I assume the return is very small for the amount of effort of climbing, but probably still worth it for the novelty / fitness?
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