Snow on the Tops. Warren Miller Tour underway. Winter is Coming!
For the first time since 2019 the Warren Miller ski film tour is back on the road in it's normal season opener slot of late autumn into early winter. Next up is Inverness on The 24th Nov.
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The clocks have gone back, there is a dusting of snow on the tops, a storm is rolling in tomorrow and the Warren Miller Ski Film Tour is on the road! Winter is just around the corner.
A big opener to the Warren Miller Ski Film Tour at the IMAX at Glasgow Science Centre on Monday with over 200 people in attendance was a fantastic night to kick off the winter season. Ticket sales are proving strong for the return of the Warren Miller tour to it?s normal late autumn / early winter slot, our screening at the Dominion Cinema on Sunday 27th Nov is an advance sell out and there is only 18 tickets left for the DCA in Dundee on Monday 28th.
Before that we are in Eden Court on Thursday 24th. We?ve other upcoming shows at the Birks Cinema in Aberfeldy on the first day of meteorological winter (Thu 1 Dec) and the Highland Cinema Fort William on Tue 6th Dec. We hope to add one more Highland showing before Christmas, but then the tour is taking a break for the festive period before resuming with a second screening at Eden Court, Inverness, on Mon 9th Jan. Then we have shows in Penrith, Hawick, Kendal, Aberdeen, Boness and finishing off the tour at the Arts Centre Washington for NE England skiers and riders on Thursday 26th Jan.
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Across the ski areas all uplift is currently closed ahead of the season with annual maintenance underway on the Access Chairlift at Glencoe and the Nevis Range Gondola. The Access Chairlift is scheduled to reopen in early December. Sledging will be available as soon as there is sufficient snow at the Plateau Cafe.
The big news from Glencoe is that the new Rannoch Chairlift (3 person) is now certified and ready to roll for the new season, quadrupling the hourly capacity over the Plateau vs with the Poma alone. It will also be the first full season for the new Base Cafe which opened during the spring, offering spectacular views not just of Buachaille Etive Mor, but also Creag Dhub and up the Access Chair river.
The new Rannoch Chairlift directly opens up Rankins Return to early intermediates for the first time without having to access it from the mid-mountain, and means the gentle Coire Pollach Tow can be accessed via easy green terrain from uplift while missing out the more challenging Plateau Poma.
However it will not just bring benefits for novices, the considerable increase in capacity across the Plateau should be at least as transformational in how people ride the mountain as the Baddoch Chair was at Glenshee. The increased capacity and improved access to easier terrain on the Plateau should divert more folk away from the Cliffhanger Chair and mid-mountain, while removing the Plateau Poma bottleneck making it much more attractive to do full mountain laps. This should encourage more people to return to the top of the Access Chair level instead of cutting the Spring Run short to try and regain the upper tows directly or cutting off from the Flypaper / East Ridge to regain the middle lifts. It should thus indirectly ease pressure on the top tows, while giving everyone more sliding time.
Up the road at Nevis Range, for the first time a Scottish snowsports area will be able to offer on site serviced accommodation once the new base facilities are up and running. Though that is tempered by the not so good news from on the hill that it is likely to only be a 5 day a week ski operation for much of the season and the Braveheart Chair and Warrens T-bar are officially out of service.
At the Lecht and Glenshee, it?s largely a case of as we were. While on CairnGorm, works on the funicular railway continue. The Ptarmigan Restaurant has been refurbished and should be available throughout the season, though initially access will only be via the M1 Poma.
At 8pm in the West at Glencoe it was 0°c at 1097m on Meall a Bhuiridh with a Southerly wind at 12 gusting 49mph. We could see gusts nudge close to or into triple figures on Thursday.
A stormy Thursday is on the cards, particularly in the West where the Munro level wind is expected to be 60 gusting 80mph, but reaching 80 gusting to or over 100mph on the Western Coastal mountains later. Heavy rain with summit snow, with a Munro Level temperature of -1°c rising for a period in the afternoon to +1 to +2°c.
Friday will be blustery, but not as wild, with a South Westerly at 30 gusting 50mph widely on the mountains. Frequent showers will merge into some longer spells of summit snow in the West, but there maybe fewer showers with some brighter interludes further East. Around 0 to +1°c at 900m.
Another stormy day on Saturday, with Southerly winds widely 50 gusting 80mph. But gusts to 100mph possible Northern downslopes in the Cairngorms. Milder by a couple of degrees on Saturday, so heavy rain expected at all levels before cooler conditions return overnight into Sunday.
Sunday likely to be a day of blustery snow showers on higher mountains with some brighter spells on a still strong to gale force Southerly.
Some early indications things will settle down a bit ealry Dec with high pressure building in. Potential for this to then build Northwards and / or retrogress giving the potential for an Easterly or SE setup for a period depending on where the high positions iself. Certainly one to watch!
Lowther Hill: Leadhills village camera at the Hopetoun Arms is online. We are looking into whether it is possible to restore the summit webcam at least for this season, given the uncertainty over the ski clubs future.
CAIRNGORM: Loch Morlich webcam is now hosted on a streaming service, please visit www.lochmorlich.com
GLENCOE: Summit, base and zoom views from the top of the Access Chair online. Mid mountain area webcams are offline due to rearrangement of the mountain network for the new Rannoch Chairlift and are awaiting retermination of the relocated fibre cabling.