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Glencoe // Thursday 24th January 2013
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At the top of the Main Basin T-bar looking out on a snowy Rannoch Moor.

Looking up the through the Haggis Trap, some hard pack makes the entrance sporty!

Looking under the Cliffhanger Chairlift to the Plateau Poma and Runs below.

Boarder heads for the Cliffhanger from Old Mugs Alley, go skiers left of the Glencoe Ski Club Hut.

Heading up the Cliffhanger, it's called this for a reason!

Going up the Plateau Poma, Spring Run appears from the mist.

Plateau Poma was popular each time the light went flat higher up.

Some hill you see from the Access Chair on the way up.

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A few snow flurries are falling already this evening at base level at Glencoe, precipitation is supposed to gradually build overnight with the possibility of some moderate accumulations tonight. However the main action is forecast to be on Friday, with heavier frontal snow fall and blizzard conditions setting in as the Southerly winds increase to Severe Gale or Storm Force.

Thus hopefully this evenings photos will be historical information for the better by Saturday morning. As far as the weekend goes, some doubt about the timing of weather systems, and timing is critical! On Thursday evening the lulls between systems coincide with daytime over the weekend, but this could change - check the forecasts.

The unexpected heavy snow fall earlier the week means the Plateau, Mugs Alley, Old Mugs Alley and the Low Road are all easily skiable, though still somewhat early season style conditions on these. Plenty of people were lapping the Cliffhanger and Poma trying out different routes around the place in search of fresh tracks.

The main action on the upper mountain is in the Main Basin, which apart from a few scrapped hard patches at the top is riding well once in with skier packed and windblown powder. The Spring Run is good for advanced riders with tracked up fresh.

Happy Valley was becoming a bit more like unhappy valley this afternoon, the baseless bits are scratchy and the fresh has been knocked off the hard and at the top icy base. It was a bit of a come down after the Main Basin, but it could well improve significantly in the next 24-36 hours.

People were riding to the carpark, but though it's quite decent higher up, the lower half is classic Scottish combat riding. The Top Button uptrack is well filled in and it can run at the weekend, weather & demand permitting.
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