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SR : Wales 2012 / 13

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Mike Pow, I saw that the twin peaks were white this morning, so thought about you up there. Looking forward to the pics!
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WEDNESDAY 15 MAY 2013


I returned home to Wales a month ago hoping for April turns but the snow which fell at the start of the month had unfortunately long since disappeared.

With Scotland still going strong and the thermometer barely getting above 10 C there was always a chance that cold air from the north mixed with the early summer rains could deliver one last day this season.

And yesterday was that day, and the first time I've been able to ski in Wales in May.

In the British Summer Time.


SUMMER SKIING IN THE CENTRAL BEACONS MASSIF

16 cm had been forecast on the higher peaks of the Brecon Beacons National Park and when I parked up at 9am I was surprised and excited to see the extent of the snow cover.

Sunshine and a stiff wind accompanied me on my hike up the well maintained main path.

The snowfall was very localised as can be seen from the following images.

I'm standing on Cefn Crew where the snow had settled fairly evenly looking back across the A470 to Fan Fawr where there was just a dusting up high.





Ahead of me winter had returned









I walked to the summit plateau of Corn Du and then to Pen-y-Fan. The faces I'd skied in November hadn't received as much snowfall as the slopes running down from Pen-y-Fan and Corn Du into Blaen Taff Fechan and the Upper Neuadd reservoir.

Pen-y-Fan from Corn Du





The NE Face of Pen-y-Fan









The NE Face of Pen-y-Fan with Cribyn





The locals were a little bemused with the weather





So I spent the morning making laps off Pen-y-Fan and Corn Du (2 laps each) before heading back to Bwlch Duwynt and the home run.

The snow was slow and spongy but consistent and smooth. Patience was the name of the game.













It was great to be making 'home' turns again.

Cefn Crew





The end of the road





In the Summertime


http://youtube.com/v/Q8-EC5rygKc


The end of the season?
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Mike Pow, Fantastic! I LOVE the Brecon Beacons. Was in the area at the weekend - no snow, but my goodness it was cold, especially in Dore Abbey, where I was singing. I guess those 10 century-old stone walls never thaw out.
Love the music on your video, instantly cheered up my morning. Very Happy
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Thanks AndAnotherThing and Pedantica.
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Diolch yn fawr (thank you very much, in Welsh) altis.
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Mike Pow, you've done it once again. Awesome snowHead
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Thanks Sharkymark, fingers crossed for June Wink
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Mike Pow wrote:
The end of the season?


The beginning of the next?

Live not far from the Beacons and was wondering what they would be like, t'was a cold and wet night where we are, so the snow Derek forecast wasn't far wrong. Nice one. Cool
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Mike Pow, Arbennig! Is that a 'Pushmi-pullyu' from Dr Dolittle in the 8th photo? wink
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Thanks Harrison Le Lapin.

Yep Derek was on the money again thefatcontoller.

Smile Hywel.
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