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Glencoe // Wednesday 15th February 2012
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Flypaper, Ballies Gully and Radio Gully.

New (to Glencoe) Second Hand Piste Basher arrives.

Skier on the Flypaper.

Mugs Alley rather patchy, use the Low Road below the Cliffy Crag or Old Mugs Alley for a better run.

Top of the Wall, looking to the t-bar.

Haggis Trap has been tamed this season, silly depth of snow in this part of the Main Basin.

Meall a' Bhuiridh from the Plateau Poma. Upper and mid runs in good shape.

Main Basin offering great riding for intermediates up.

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Weather permitting Glencoe can offer all uplift (Top Button running when required by demand) and the vast majority of runs are in great shape with a cover of soft spring like snow.

The repeated storms of early winter mean the natural snowfields and gullies which form the majority of the runs are loaded with a deep consolidated base. The famous Haggis Trap in the Main Basin is barely noticeable, just a shallow dip in one side of a wide pisted run.

The slow thaw this week does mean there has been some snow loss and this is most noticeable on the Plateau area where the runs are patchy, but still mostly passable back to the top of the Access. The Plateau Poma track retains a robust cover and is available for accessing the main mountain area.

Mid Mountain the steep runs are in good shape, the Wall, Thrombosis and the Canyon were good fun in the soft snow mid-week. Mugs Alley is thin, narrow and getting a bit patchy, better riders should use the Low Road that hugs the foot of the Cliffy Crag to return to the mid-mountain lifts. Less experienced riders will find a gentler run via Old Mugs Alley that comes out just below the Plateau Cafe.

Plateau Rope Tow is open for beginners and there are some additional areas on the Plateau Poma run, but the best offerings are for intermediates upwards. A cool down is forecast for later Thursday with new snow Friday and Saturday. Sunday could be a great day on this evenings forecasts.
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