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Novices to early intermediates Glenshee for Tuesday. Everyone else to Glencoe Tuesday!

This Report for the Scottish Highlands was issued at
20.27hrs Monday 4th March 2024.
Quite incredibly now that there is skiable snow again CML decides to close CairnGorm mid-week for public snowsports. That leaves only Glenshee with the beginner area and short blue off the Plastic Slope Poma and Glencoe open on Tuesday.

If you have been out on the slopes please send us photos to snow24 at winterhighland dot info.

Limited options for a slide on Tuesday, Glenshee has seen no real change for better or worse for sometime now, and remains limited to just the beginner area served by the Dink Dink and Rope Tow, plus limited progression terrain with the short but reasonably steep blue off the Plastic Slope Poma. All have a good cover of machine made snow, that will start firm and grippy, but should loosen up.

With the inexplicable decision to close CairnGorm mid-week for public snowsports now the snow has returned, it once again leaves only Glencoe for anyone looking for more interesting terrain.

Some light snowfalls overnight through the weekend have improved some of the Plateau runs at Glencoe, with the Poma run and Old Mugs Alley in particular having improved, there are now some options for green run skiers, but the cover is still thin away from the natural snowfield of Old Mugs Alley at this level, so it is quite a step up from the manicured nursery slopes over at Glenshee.

Apart from the Wall, the mid mountain at Glencoe is primarily for access and Mugs Alley is not something you really want to be lapping at the moment. However there should be some snow showers tonight, and potentially a bit more drifting as a wedge of very strong SE winds catch the West Highlands. Generally SE winds do not hit Glencoe as hard as forecast, and conversely tend to hit Nevis Range harder than forecast, but there still should be some drifting across the Plateau fences.

Unfortunately the recent light snowfalls have not been enough to repair the damage from last Wednesdays rain on the other longer Plateau green runs, and there is currently no viable run off or to the Rannoch Chair, maybe just maybe that could change tonight.

The Rannoch Button uptrack should also gain with a SE wind and snow showers. The Main Basin, Spring Run and Happy Valley are providing pretty decent riding, but it is still fairly low tide coverage which means the underlying terrain makes for more variety in the terrain and some notably width constricted sections in rock gullies which are usually hidden out of sight. The Haggis Trap is passable meaning the full length of the Main Basin can be lapped directly, but it is not for the faint hearted at the moment!

On CairnGorm any turns will have to be earned over the next couple of days, to add insult to injury for season ticket holders, CML / HIEs belligerent behaviour towards the other ski areas in withdrawing from all the Ski Scotland agreements means there is no discount for CairnGorm pass holders at the other areas.

The one possible ray of good news is that strong SE winds should continue to move some additional snow off the Plateau areas into the likes of Coire Cas.

:: Club Fields
All four English Clubfields were open on Saturday, but with slightly milder conditions into the afternoon, there was some snow loss at Weardale and Allenheads, and these were closed on Sunday.

Those who headed up Raise on Sunday hit the jackpot, with mist clearing to leave bluebird skies after a decent overnight fall of snow.

Raise still has sufficient snow to operate and may run later in the week. Yad Moss and Weardale has something of a base now, but Weardale needs more snow and the bottom section of the Yad Moss Poma would be very marginal.

Please check club access rules / availability if not a club member / pass holder.

Weardale: https: //skiweardale.com/ .
http://ski-allenheads.co.uk/ .
Yad Moss: https: //yadmoss.co.uk/ .
Raise: https: //www.ldscsnowski.co.uk/ .

Lowther Hills Ski Club will not operate the Lowther Hill Tow this season, however the summit webcam is in operation and will allow prospective tourers to view snow conditions on the fenced runs near the summit and the wider hillside with views down to Wanlockhead in clear weather.
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:: Mountain Weather
At 6pm in the West at Glencoe it was +2.6°c at the bottom of the Access Chair (1200ft), with a SSE wind at 3 gusting 11mph.

Aonach Mor Met Office Summit Run AWS ( a short distance above the Goose T-bar) was at -3.1°c with a SSE wind at 28 gusting 48mph. Meanwhile in the East The Cairnwell AWS reported -2.0°c at 3061ft, with a South East wind at a mean of 36 gusting 54mph.

Get an early weather check with our webcams from around 6.30am.

:: Mountain Forecast Discussion
There will be some snow showers around tonight and model output has anything from a dusting to 5cm at Glencoe, with a strong SE wind there should be some drifting on Plateau runs. Even though this is not a direction that usually hits Glencoe with full force, a narrow wedge of very strong SE winds aloft will be over the West Highlands through the morning, so this could lead to very turbulent airflow with unpredictable gusts.

Overall the next few days look fairly non descript, there is likely to be a lot of cloud around, the exception being the North West Highlands with a generally SE airflow. Whether Glencoe falls to the more bright and broken cloud side of this divide or catches the edge of the milder, somewhat driech clagged conditions that will edge into the SW Highlands is marginal.

At present Tuesday looks more promising than Wednesday in that regard, with the freezing level staying close to the Plateau by day with some snow showers and brighter spells. Wednesday looks more likely to be overcast, milder and somewhat damp.

Gradually a slow accumulation of snow from light snow showers over the coming days at Glenshee, but doubt if the freezing level will be quite low enough mid-week to benefit the lower slopes away from the machine made snow base.

Generally moderate SE winds for Glenshee and Glencoe, much gustier SE winds for the core Northern Cairngorms and through the Nevis Range mountains.

Towards the end of the week and / or into the weekend the wind is likely to back more towards a straight Easterly, it is likely to brighten up again in the West Highlands and the freezing level should edge back down below the lower slopes. Overall the indications are that precipitation totals will be fairly low, Glenshee favoured out of the snowsports areas, with the West Highlands probably largely dry from mid-week, possibly through mid month from some forecast models.

:: Webcams and Weather Stations
Lowther Hill: Leadhills village camera at the Hopetoun Arms is online 24 hours a day. Lowther Hill Summit webcam is online from about 9am to dusk, but may go offline earlier on dull days as it is off the grid.

GLENCOE: All webcams are online and the first updated images will be from round 6.30am for an early weather check.

Glencoe // Mon 26 Feb 2024
Spectacular views towards Ben Nevis on the crossover from the Main Basin to Happy Valley.
Glencoe // Sat 24 Feb 2024
Looking up the Cliffhanger from the Cafe. Rannoch Button open giving the full on mountain vertical of 1400ft.
Glencoe // Fri 23 Feb 2024
Snow starting to fall to base this evening. White Corries cafe open late Fri and Sat with DJs for the Glencoe Gathering.
Glencoe // Fri 16 Feb 2024
Sun broke through early to give a fine dry Friday, but it all felt a bit too Spring like for mid-term!
Glencoe // Tue 13 Feb 2024
Wall T-bar made its season debut today. Terrain for all ability levels now available with all Plateau runs skiable.
Northern Cairngorms Outlook
Tuesday 5th March
FL: 2500ft.  Overcast
914m: -1°c SE 40 gust 70mph
Wednesday 6th March
FL: 3000ft.  Flurries
914m: 0°c SE 40 gust 60mph
  18.30hrs Mon 4th Mar
West Highlands Outlook
Tuesday 5th March
FL: 2500ft.  Snow Showers
914m: -1°c SE 25 gust 70mph
Wednesday 6th March
FL: >Tops.  Wintry Showers
914m: 2°c SE 30 gust 50mph
  18.29hrs Mon 4th Mar
Southern Cairngorms Outlook
Tuesday 5th March
FL: 3000ft.  Flurries
914m: 0°c SSE 30 gust 45mph
Wednesday 6th March
FL: 3000ft.  Flurries
914m: 0°c SE 20 gust 35mph
  18.31hrs Mon 4th Mar
Lowther Hill Outlook
Tuesday 5th March
FL: >Tops.  Showers
725m: 2°c South 30-50mph
Wednesday 6th March
FL: >Tops.  Part Cloudy
725m: 4°c SSE 15 gust 30mph
  18.33hrs Mon 4th Mar

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