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Glencoe // Thursday 14th April 2016
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Easy ride on flat box, with flat-down box below in the Main Basin.

Nice soft spring snow corduroy on Old Mugs Alley early in the day. Still in good nick for snowplough turners despite it's low altitude.

Looking up the Canyon, Wall Crossover and Wall T-bar from the foot of the Cliffhanger Chair.

Rail in the Main Basin. Large kicker with varied take offs as well.

Spring Run was good in the afternoon after the surface loosened up, small bumps forming. Below Plateau Poma still going for access and run passable.

Good depth of snow still in Ski Tow Gully, though not 2014 levels!!

Preparing to make a turn on the Wall of the Canyon. A blast once it loosens up for experienced skiers and boarders.

Skier in the Happy Valley narrows, lovely groomer early, small bumps pm.

Main Basin T-bar doing it's thing on Thursday afternoon.

Launching into the Main Basin with Rannoch Moor below.

Strapping in at the top of the Main Basin, summit clear of cloud all day Thursday.

In the base of the Canyon, small bumps forming by the rock wall, the side wall is almost vertical in places.

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Visibility was much better on Thursday than Wednesday, but the snow was pretty hard and rattly off the groomers on the upper mountain through the morning. Main Basin though was good from the start having been freshly pisted in the morning and the Spring Run and Rannoch Glades came good late morning.

The Canyon, Thrombosis and the Wall continue to offer good sport for more advanced skiers and borders mid mountain. The Canyon was a blast with fast crunchy spring snow, ride the narrow gully by the rockwall or launch up onto the in places almost vertical sidewall.

If you find the Canyon's granite hugging potential rather too off-putting, then Thrombosis either skiers left of the gully or cutting right onto the High Road or Bunny Run offers a nice wee steep red shortcut to Mugs Alley off the Cliffhanger Chair.

Old Mugs Alley is the best of the Plateau green runs by some distance and retains a good cover of granular snow despite it's lowly elevation. Directly served by the Coire Pollach Tow or using the central fork from the Cliffhanger Chair. Top of Mugs Alley, section of Bunny Run then Old Mugs Alley back to the Cliffy provides a good longer and varied run for early intermediates comfortable with longer greens and easy blues.

Snow showers forecast Friday and Saturday, expected to be intermixed with Sunny Spells. Moderate winds will make it feel very cold for mid April, Munro Level temperatures of -4°c expected Friday into Saturday, so be prepared - wrap up well and hopefully there will be some fresh lines to be had.

Glencoe continues daily snowsports operations (weather permitting) through to and including Monday 2nd May. £25 for adults / £18 for juniors and £20 for Students mid-week.
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