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Join us for the 69th Warren Miller Ski Film Tour...

This Report for the Scottish Highlands was issued at
21.17hrs Sunday 11th November 2018.
We kick off the big screen celebration of winter on Mon 12th Nov at Eden Court Inverness, we'll finish off with the final chance to see FACE of WINTER on the big screen at Macrobert Mainhouse, Stirling on Sun 27 Jan. In between we'll be the length and breadth of the UK and over the sea to Ireland. Explore http://warrenmiller.co.uk for dates and tickets.

At dusk there was a dusting of snow on the higher elevations with wintry showers set to continue intermittently overnight into Monday. A pulse of milder air mid-week before it looks as if high pressure will build just to our East over the next week to 10 days and gradually ridge Northwards.

All eyes will be on exactly what this high does and whether it can ridge strongly enough Northwards to form a true Scandy Block, which would be a not bad scenario for late November going into December! So keep an eye on the forecast trends.

There has already been turns earned this season late October and at the beginning of November both on CairnGorm and the plateau, plus the Lecht and high up a few ventured out at Nevis Range though there had been a bit more early snow in the Northern Cairngorms. Indeed the first on new snow turns we know of where by H11lly on CairnGorm in September and despite the hottest Summer for many years she's managed to keep her remarkable run of skiing on natural snow every month since November 2009 going!

Last winter Glencoe kicked of the 2018 Scottish Snowsports Season back on a Tuesday in late November and it was Glencoe that wrapped up the season on the May Day Bank Holiday Monday, that was all on natural snow but this year a race is on between Glencoe and the Lecht to get open with a Technalplin Snowfactory running at both and several air/water fan guns as weather permits. So will Glencoe or the Lecht get the first lift served turns on machine made snow or will mother nature intervene and we?ll get the first turns on the natural stuff?

Often the first turns of the season are up top on CairnGorm or on the slopes of the Lecht, Glencoe getting open first last season was exceptional by historical standards. However this year it?s currently looking unlikely to be the Top Basin of CairnGorm for first lift served turns as the Funicular has officially been out of action since early October though it has barely run since the first week of September.

Given the widespread media and news coverage most skiers and snowboarders are likely aware, but the background is the Funicular is out of action due to safety concerns relating to the concrete structures that form the viaduct which carries the majority of the track. Engineers are doing detailed inspections and analysis of the structure, with a provisional assessment expected in December.

The Funicular will not operate before then and preparations are being made to operate CairnGorm Mountain without the Funicular in the 2018/19 winter season. HIE is investing ?1 million in additional snow making plant including a large Technoalpin Snowfactory and additional fan guns to maximise access through the lower slopes both up and down via the Carpark T-bar and Carpark Runs so that access to mid-mountain lifts is not dependent entirely on low level natural snow.

:: Warren Miller Film Tour
If winter puts a smile on your face, it?s something you had in common with the late, great Warren Miller. This season don?t miss Warren Miller?s Face of Winter , the 69th annual film from Warren Miller Entertainment. Visit some of Warren?s favorite locations, from Engleberg, Switzerland to Chamonix, British Columbia to Alaska, Chile, Iceland, New Zealand, Washington and more.

Watch world-class skiers like Jessie Diggins and catch big mountain athletes like Anna Segal, Dash Longe, Forrest Jillson, Amie Engerbretson, Seth Wescott, Jim Ryan, Marcus Caston and others as they carve down the faces of remote mountain ranges and come together to pay tribute to the man who started it all and celebrate a life lived in high places.

Fantastic intermission prizes to be won. Join us to continue the legacy this season and
explore warrenmiller.co.uk for more.

:: Mid Summer Slide at Glencoe
Glencoe held a mid-summer ski and ride day on the Saturday just after the Summer Solstice (23rd June). Check out the photos in the Pix from the Slopes.

:: Mountain Forecast Discussion
See above for outline weather situation. Forecast updates will start in early December or when lift served snowsports looks imminent.

:: Club Fields
All the club fields require new snow falls to operate again this spring. Allenheads is closed for the season as the field is back in agricultural use from 1st April.

Find out more:

www.yadmoss.co.uk 01228 561634
ski-allenheads.co.uk 0191 5974 174
www.skiweardale.com 01388 317767
www.ldscsnowski.co.uk

:: Webcams and Weather Stations
Lowther Hill: Off grid Summit Camera and Leadhills Village Camera online.

CAIRNGORM: Aviemore Cams online. Loch Morlich Cam online.

GLENCOE: All cams are online. There is some electrical work continuing this autumn which may cause short interruptions to some of the webcams.

NEVIS: Front of mountain cams online. No mobile data at present at the Braveheart Drive, but upgrades in progress on several networks so we expect a robust signal in Coire Dubh to be obtainable by early winter.

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Nevis Range // Fri 2nd Nov
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Early November tracks laid down from the Summit Runs. Front of mountain webcams now online.
Glencoe // Sat 23rd Jun
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Kicker action on the Main Basin for the mid summer slide.
Glencoe // Thu 21st Jun
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Andy laying out some solstice turns on the Spring Run. Mid Summer ski on Saturday, meet at the base cafe 9 to 9.30am.
Glencoe // Mon 7th May
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Closing day at Glencoe to round off the 2018 Scottish Season. Weather / snow permitting, mid summer slide on Saturday 23rd June!
Glencoe // Sun 6th May
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Come and get some of this! May Day Bank Holiday Monday is closing day for the 2018 season at Glencoe and last chance for lift served turns.
Glencoe // Sat 5th May
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Saturday was the Macavalanche mass start MTB race. A sign the seasons are changing and there are just 2 days of lift served riding left for the 2018 Scottish Season. Forecast set fair, so get up Sunday and/or Monday!
Glencoe // Wed 2nd May
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Looking like there will be some May freshies for the early birds on Thursday.
Glencoe // Mon 30th Apr
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Looking up Old Mugs Alley to the upper slopes of Meall a' Bhuiridh from the Coire Pollach Tow on the Plateau on the last day of April.
Northern Cairngorms Outlook
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Thursday 10th May
FL: 3500ft.  Snow Showers
914m: 1°c WSW 30 gust 45mph
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Friday 11th May
FL: >Tops.  Part Cloudy
914m: 4°c SE 50 gust 80mph
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  13.44hrs Wed 9th May
West Highlands Outlook
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Thursday 10th May
FL: 3000ft.  Snow Showers
914m: 0°c WSW 20 gust 40mph
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Friday 11th May
FL: 4500ft.  Overcast
914m: 3°c SE 40 gust 70mph
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  13.43hrs Wed 9th May
Southern Cairngorms Outlook
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Thursday 10th May
FL: 4500ft.  Part Cloudy
914m: 3°c WSW 20 gust 35mph
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Friday 11th May
FL: >Tops.  Overcast
914m: 3°c SE 40 gust 60mph
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  13.44hrs Wed 9th May
Lowther Hill Outlook
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Thursday 10th May
FL: >Tops.  Part Cloudy
725m: 6°c West 15-25mph
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Friday 11th May
FL: >Tops.  Overcast
725m: 7°c SE 30 gust 50mph
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  13.45hrs Wed 9th May