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Meteorological Winter is here...

This Report for the Scottish Highlands was issued at
20.33hrs Tuesday 30th November 2021.
The last few hours of meteorological autumn will see the temperature drop back and precipitation revert to snow at higher elevations. Remainder of the week into the weekend will be cool with snow showers, intermixed with brighter spells.

Due to Storm Arwen last Friday, areas of Deeside and Strathdon remain without power and mobile / landline comms, this means webcams at Glenshee, the Lecht and all of the snowgate traffic cameras remain offline at time of update.

The most significant falls of snow from Arwen happened further South and it enabled the lift served 2021/22 season to be officially kicked off in England at Allenheads on Sunday, with both Allenheads and Weardale able to operate on Monday. Scouring by the wind meant not much snow had stuck at Weardale or Yad Moss, but one run was deemed skiable for a couple of hours of running at Weardale on Monday. However with a damper and milder Tuesday, a return of cooler conditions and fresh snow will be required before the tows can run again.

Back in Scotland, snowmaking with snow factories are underway at CairnGorm and Glencoe. At CairnGorm the initial effort is to pile up snow on the lower Carpark T-bar track as again this will be the principal point of access for another season without the Funicular.

The Access Chairlift at Glencoe is set reopen this coming Saturday (4th Dec), with sledging available at the Plateau Cafe. Forecast looks chilly but good with light to moderate winds at this time, some snow showers around on Saturday, brighter on Sunday. Limited ski / snowboard lessons are available on the dryslope from now, but must be pre-booked.

Glenshee and the Lecht are due to start snow making operations in early December and are currently targeting a Saturday 18th December opening for at least limited snowsports.

With the travel situation becoming more difficult once again, we could be looking at a significant uplift in demand for Scottish Snowsports this coming season. Currently 4 and it is expected by season start, all five snowsports areas will have online ticketing in place. In some cases tickets at least for weekends and peak periods may only be available online - please do not travel to the ski areas without checking the ticketing situation for the specific date you are going!

Glenshee has already released a limited number of ski tickets per day from 18th December, a larger number of tickets will be made available for specific days as they draw closer and likely extent of open terrain / weather conditions become known. Chairlift tickets are now on sale for Glencoe and ski tickets will go on sale once there is sufficient snow to announce an opening date.

Season passes remain available for CairnGorm, Glenshee, Nevis Range and the Lecht but Glencoe has reached their limit for passes having carried over all the 2020/21 passes. If you are reading this on the evening of 30th November, you have until midnight to get Glenshee passes at the earlybird price!

As with last year, we approach the season with an understanding that covid restrictions if required to re-enter the Levels system will not result in closure of uplift - however we only got 10 days of Level 4 operations last season before Scotland entered a tighter lockdown, so there can be no guarantees!

:: Club Fields
Please check all club fields access T&Cs as day tickets will be more restricted than usual this season. Weardale will be members and guests only this season in a change from the norm and season pass membership is sold out.

Yad Moss will assess day ticket availability day to day depending on snow conditions and expected membership demand - don't travel without checking the latest from the club.

Allenheads and Lowther Hill are both membership only - at this time season pass membership remains available for both clubs.

For Raise the Lake District Ski Club are not currently taking new members, but day passes may be available subject to conditions and demand from club members.

Find out more: 01228 561634 0191 5974 174 01388 317767

:: Mountain Forecast Discussion
Turning colder again this evening with showers becoming wintry once more on the hills. A moderate to strong Northerly airstream on Wednesday will mean the Northern Cairngorms catch the bulk of the snow showers going. Freezing around 1500ft (North) to 2000ft (South). Northerly 30 gusting 45mph, higher gusts to 60mph likely on and around the Cairngorm Plateau. Minus 3 to -5°c at Munro Level.

Thursday will see the wind moderate and back Westerly, early snow showers will ease away to flurries in the Northern Cairngorms as the wind changes, while some bright or sunny spells develop across the mountain areas. Minus 4 to -5°c at Munro Level.

A light to moderate WSW wind on Friday, means light snow showers will be focussed on Western and Southern slopes, while the Northern Cairngorms could well stay dry. 15 to 30mph on the tops, with a Munro Level temperature around -2°c.

A shallow low pressure will gradually get shunted East of Northern Scotland by a ridging high pressure during the weekend. A moderate NW'ly will bring snow showers in on Saturday, but apart from flurries in a light Northerly breeze for the Northern Cairngorms Sunday is looking dry and potentially quite bright and sunny in the East and Southern Highlands.

:: Webcams and Weather Stations
Lowther Hill: Leadhills Village Camera online. Summit Camera was upgraded in early summer, but there has been a comms problem since early November. This will be investigated further on a club work party early December.

CAIRNGORM: Loch Morlich webcam has been replaced by a streaming service, please visit . Aviemore webcams were out of service due to renovation work, we plan to have an upgraded camera setup online first half of December.

GLENCOE: Weather data available from 4 elevations. Mid Mountain camera is pending relocation and replacement following weather damage.

NEVIS: Summit camera removed from service for the time being. Goose, Top Station and base camera are now available as streaming cams at .

Glencoe // Tue 01 Jun 2021
Beautiful crunchy spring snow and a colourful summer dusk on the Spring Run.
Glencoe // Wed 26 May 2021
Looking up the upper Main Basin, good granular spring snow turns for those prepared to do the leg work! Access Chair open daily 9am to 4.15pm.
Glencoe // Mon 12 Apr 2021
Looking up the Main Basin after dropping equipment for new summit weather station at the top!
Glencoe // Sun 21 Feb 2021
Snowsport Scotland's performance teams have been permitted to return to on snow training with the help of Glencoe. Still snow well below the Top of the Access so fairly short walk to go touring from Carpark.
Glencoe // Mon 04 Jan 2021
All uplift operation now suspended. Any turns for locals will have to be earned!
Northern Cairngorms Outlook
Friday 3rd December
FL: 2500ft.  Flurries
914m: -1°c West 25-40mph
Saturday 4th December
FL: 2000ft.  Light Snow
914m: -2°c NW 25 gust 40mph
  22.13hrs Thu 2nd Dec
West Highlands Outlook
Friday 3rd December
FL: 2500ft.  Snow Showers
914m: -1°c West 20-30mph
Saturday 4th December
FL: 2000ft.  Snow Showers
914m: -2°c NW 20 gust 35mph
  22.12hrs Thu 2nd Dec
Southern Cairngorms Outlook
Friday 3rd December
FL: 2500ft.  Part Cloudy
914m: -1°c West 15-25mph
Saturday 4th December
FL: 2000ft.  Part Cloudy
914m: -2°c NW 20 gust 35mph
  22.13hrs Thu 2nd Dec
Lowther Hill Outlook
Friday 3rd December
FL: >Tops.  Overcast
725m: 2°c WSW 15 gust 25mph
Saturday 4th December
FL: 2000ft.  Flurries
725m: -1°c NW 20 gust 30mph
  22.14hrs Thu 2nd Dec

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