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Glencoe // Sunday 11th April 2010
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Piste signage and behind the Traverse out of the Spring Run to the Main Basin T-bar.

Spring Run offering superb sport, magical spring snow. Plateau Poma still complete beyond.

Who said skiing was a winter sport? Come and get some of this, perfect spring snow and T-shirt skiing.

View across the Main Basin, still wide cover both sides of the T-bar.

Looking back to the Main Basin while heading out to Happy Valley.

A big wide expanse of great spring snow.

Picnic outside the Scottish Ski Club Hut, thermometers hit 16°c in the shade!

Looking down the upper leg of Mugs Alley, couple of thin bits near the coroner.

Lower end of Mugs Alley is offering adventure skiing! Beware of the Burn!

Heading up the Main Basin T-bar, bumps building.

Boarder strapping in at the top, Ben Nevis and the Nevis Range mountains in the distance.

Wide cover of snow skiers right of the Top Tows between Rannoch Glades and the Main Basin - much of the snow came from the East.

At the top of the Spring Run, Loch Ba beyond on Rannoch Moor.

A line on Rannoch Glades late in the afternoon.

Walkers heading down, skiers taking in the view on the Traverse out to Etive Glades.

Is this summer for 2010? View from the Log Cabin's Ossian Cafe.

Spring snow bumps starting to build in the Main Basin.

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A taste of summer snowsports on Meall a' Bhuiridh as Sunday lived up to it's name, with unbroken sunshine and temperatures on the mountain climbing into the mid-teens.

There is going to be plenty of red faces, arms and legs tonight! Classic Scottish T-Shirt skiing weather with a still wide and extensive cover on the upper mountain with all sorts of unusual and fun lines between Rannoch Glades and the Main Basin.

Snow slightly sticky lower down, Wall was good as the extra gradient overcame the stickier snow. However on the upper mountain the snow was sublime, perfect granular spring snow, with some bumps forming in the Main Basin. Spring Run was the pick of the day and the Traverse back to the Top Tows is in good shape. Still possible to ski back to the Cliffhanger via Mugs Alley as an alternative.

Mugs Alley is complete, but narrow, only the Burn Gully skiable lower down so not suitable for novices. Judicious route finding for suitably wet grass allowed the Wall T-bar to be reached from Mugs Alley with skis on.

Plateau Poma uptrack is holding up well, despite everyone riding down it at the end of the day so still no problem getting access to/from the main area on snow and the upper mountain is in simply beautiful shape with amazing spring snow. A reasonable turnout but no queues, so well worth heading up during the week.
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