After some decent falls of snow mid-week Glencoe is hopeful of kicking off the West Coast season on Saturday, the current expectation is that the Plateau Poma and Coire Pollach Tow will run to serve the triangle of green runs on the Plateau with the Access Chair providing access. Typical early season conditons with an all over cover of new snow but away from the machine made snow no base, so the best run is likely to be Old Mugs Alley where there is a base of snow factory snow. Further up the mountain more snow and drifting is required to fill the natural terrain.
There should not be enough wind to cause issues at the weekend but the forecasts do suggest fairly steady snowfall on Saturday and Sunday - total new snow fall could be anything from 15cm to 40cm depending on which model is on the money with precipitation totals! Access Chair will run on Friday for tourers, sight seeing and sledging at the Plateau Cafe.
The Lecht expect to open the Robin and Wren Magic Carpets on machine made snow on Saturday and Sunday providing a good quality beginners area. More snow is needed to run any of the main slope lifts though and the centre will not be open during the week next week unless more terrain opens.
Limited lift served riding is available wind permitting on CairnGorm where 2 towers worth of the Carpark T-bar available serving a lower beginner area and small terrain park on snow factory snow by the Daylodge on CairnGorm. Very high winds mean the mountain is very scoured, some snow has stuck along the fences but its generally narrow and discontinious - with the Upper Cas having faired slightly better, but more snow with less wind or wetter snow with the wind required!
Meteorological Winter begun as often is the case (as the 30 year trend line on Wetterzentrale GFS ensemble charts show) with a marked rise in temperature compared to the preceding colder period in November! So far this is pretty typical weather fare for the time of year and on average meaningful and sustained lift served snowsports pre Christmas is not that common and at Glencoe getting started before New Year has historically been fairly rare.
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Warren Miller's TIMELESSTickets are now on sale for all Scottish screenings of the 70th anniversary Warren Miller Entertainment film - TIMELESS which returns to the road in early January:
- Stirling // Sun 5th Jan - Macrobert Filmhouse
- Aberdeen // Wed 8th Jan - Belmont Filmhouse
- Edinburgh // Sun 12th Jan - Dynamic Earth
- Chester // Mon 13th Jan - Storyhouse Garret Theatre
- Hawick // Tue 14th Jan - Heart of Hawick
- Penrith // Wed 15th Jan - Rheged Centre
- Sunderland // Thu 16th Jan - Arts Centre Washington
- Aberdeen // Mon 20th Jan - Belmont Filmhouse
- Belfast // Sat 25th Jan - The MAC (upstairs)