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Glencoe // Thursday 18th February 2016
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Several inches light fluffy snow even at the base early Thursday morning.

The queue for the Main Basin T-bar at the start of Thursday afternoon! Button will run if/when required.

Coire Pollach Tow and the various options on Old Mugs Alley all in great shape for novices and early intermediates.

Some beefy snow showers came through during the day, good cover on all Plateau runs now.

Heavy snow shower after lunch at the base. Red Access Run being done, but thin.

Contemplating the Canyon on the mid-mountain, was loading up with windblown fresh.

Rider tracked snow below 2000ft on the Blue Access Run.

Launching off the lip of the bike track in the shallow gully of the Blue Access Run.

Cracks opening up in slabs at around 1800ft an indication of why the closure of the Flypaper area needs respected!

Got to here on the West Highland Way with skis on via the Old Military Road - bit of a combat traverse adventure!

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Heavy snow showers through the day added to the overnight snow to give Glencoe between 5 and 7 inches of new snow over 24 hours. Snow showers have become more scattered this evening but are expected to pick up in intensity again on Friday morning, though there could still be a inch or two overnight according to the mesoscale forecast models.

All runs on the mountain now have good cover, but the Flypaper area is closed due to deep unstable windslabs. Cracks shooting across slabs at around 1800ft on moderate slopes more than confirm that this closure needs to be observed.

Visibility will likely not be the best on Friday, but under ski conditions should be great with the fresh snow being topped up during the day with both falling and windblown snow. Wind could potentially be an issue if any stronger than forecast, so check updates in the morning.

For novices and early intermediates the Plateau Runs are all in great shape now, the new Coire Pollach Tow was proving popular as it was more sheltered in the squally snow showers than the Plateau Poma and Old Mugs Alley is fantastic with machine packed powdery snow. All variations of Old Mugs Alley can be used to return to the base of the Coire Pollach Tow which provides some nice variety. The middle fork via the Glencoe Ski Club Hut and round by the Plateau Cafe is the easiest option for those advancing from the beginners area.

The low level Red Access Run was being done this afternoon, top is decent, but it is still in the combat category low down. Today the better option was the Blue Access Run which is in fantastic shape to around 1500ft, then a short 7-10minute hoof along the bike track returns you to the carpark. For those with touring kit to get back there are lines further down the East flank of Meall a' Bhuiridh, but if you drop below the col of the Old Military Road you are over 2 miles from the carpark!
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