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Glencoe // Monday 22nd February 2016
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Low level Red Access Run (that is the fence - the blue is much further out) skiable to base.

Since this is half way between the Blue and Red Access, we'll call it the Purple. Top 3/4 good cover, last 1/4 thin but skier packed.

Middle fork on Old Mugs Alley drops you at the door of the cafe and is the easiest run from Coire Pollach Tow.

Old Mugs Alley absolutely loaded - there should be a gully here not a bulge!

Steeper mid-section of Mugs Alley now wide, Spring Run above.

View up the Wall and T-bar mid afternoon. Light snow flurry came in shortly after.

Now a deep cover on the Plateau Poma and runs.

Snow showers eased up overnight, but it was fairly wild in the early hours causing a lot of drifting.

Great areas for learning with the snowsports school on the Plateau. Beginner rope tow area excellent.

Looking out over the top of the Darkside. Some tracks seen, but not fully skiable and further out on Creag Dhu is an avalanche risk.

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Since Thursday somewhere between 21 and 26 inches of level snow fell on Meall a' Bhuiridh according to radar data. However level it was not and the wind picked up in the early hours of Monday as the showers eased adding to the already massive drifts.

The early morning rays highlighted the large wreaths of snow stretching out across the upper slopes. Big increase in depth and width to the cover across the mountain, several feet more depth on Old Mugs Alley and the Plateau Poma area - significantly more in the natural snowfields like the Main Basin.

The triangle of green runs on the Plateau served by the rope tow, Plateau Poma and the new Coire Pollach Tow are all in fantastic shape now. Old Mugs Alley off the Coire Pollach Tow is now a full width motorway between the Old Mugs Alley fence and the new tow and is proving very popular.

The early birds on Tuesday will catch the machine packed powder corduroy worm. A run or two to warm the legs up on Old Mugs Alley is well worth it.

Off the groomers it's a mix of windblown loose, wind packed, skier tracked and skier packed fresh, with just the occasional hard patch on exposed crests.

The full summit to moor vertical is possible via the low level Access Run, the Red is complete to carpark with the top 3/4 having good cover. Thin the last 1/4 but easily passable with skier packed snow. Lots of alternative lines possible on the top half of the front face from the top of the Access Chair to around 1500ft.
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