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The Nevis Range Mtns - Sat 2nd Feb 2013
Posted by: Winterhighland Member at 20.34hrs on Sat 2nd Feb 13

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:: Tour Route(s) or Location Skied/Ridden
An Chul Choire and Summit Gully, return visit (video and map of first trip here from last year: - http://www.steepscotland.info/aonach_mor.cfm)
Not quite as much snow as last year but gully still holds snow really well, careful not to go too far left as cliff band at the bottom.
:: Weather Conditions
Excellent clarity and lovely views. Warm in the sun with almost no wind. Wind picked up after 3pm and started to cloud over but still best day of season so far.
:: Snow Conditions and Distrubtion
Very variable, perfect powder low on summit gully and slopes below down to bottom of Braveheart. Pretty good powder in An Chul Choire and lovely ridge descent down to col above. Some areas of wind slab and/or ice especially at tops of slopes or on ridges.
:: Skiers/Riders
Lard, Chad and Sophie (to Aonach Mor/Beag col and back)
:: E-Mail Contact
chadharrison1 at yahoo dot co dot uk

The Nevis Range Mtns - Sun 29th Apr 2012
Posted by: Winterhighland Member at 02.38hrs on Tue 8th May 12

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:: Tour Route(s) or Location Skied/Ridden
Two night stay at the CIC hut situated underneath the North Face of Ben Nevis. Hiked up after a day's skiing at Nevis Range. Group split on the ascent from the CIC with the guys opting for Coire Leis while I favoured Observatory/Tower gully route. Headed en masse for Gully No 4 given the firmness of the headwalls. Skied No 4 and then hiked back up Coire Na Ciste to the narrows of No 3 for a bonus run : )
:: Weather Conditions
Blue skies, light winds, excellent visibility. FL 900n
:: Snow Conditions and Distrubtion
Gully headwalls very firm but lower down the snow was softer with excellent conditions in Coire Na Ciste.
:: Skiers/Riders
HighRustler, freeskiing, pablo, Simon and Monsieur Ricard

The Nevis Range Mtns - Mon 30th Apr 2012
Posted by: Winterhighland Member at 20.50hrs on Mon 7th May 12

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:: Tour Route(s) or Location Skied/Ridden
A two night trip into the North Face of Ben Nevis. Hiked in after a great day at Nevis Range. Two lines of ascent used - High Rustler up Tower Gully and the non alpinists up Coire Leis which turned into a mini-moment on the 'Slope of Doom'. Various descent lines inspected. No.4 went first followed by a re-hike up to the narrows of No.3. Two great descents. Weather turned overnight so we hiked out for a pint and burger at the Ben Nevis Inn. Classic weekend.
:: Weather Conditions
Superb! Except Monday morning which was wet and then turned out nice.
:: Snow Conditions and Distrubtion
Good snow cover above 800m. Firm on the headwalls but some great snow in the gullies/snow-fields below.
:: Skiers/Riders
Pablo, Freeskiing, Simon, Monsieur Ricard & High Rustler

The Nevis Range Mtns - Tue 24th Apr 2012
Posted by: Winterhighland Member at 09.44hrs on Fri 27th Apr 12

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:: Tour Route(s) or Location Skied/Ridden
Up Observatory gully into Tower Gully and then to the summit of Ben Nevis. Skied back down Tower gully to 804m and then booted it up onto the summit of Carn Mor Dearg from where we skied down the corrie immediately to the north. Walk out down the Allt Daim to the tree's and then picked our way down the bike tracks back to the North face car park
:: Weather Conditions
Brilliant to start and then quickly clouding over with heavy snow showers and thick cloud with some clearances. Freezing circa 900m
:: Snow Conditions and Distrubtion
Ben Nevis - Perfect powder until level with Tower Scoop from where there was significant avalanche debris and a hard crust to contend with before lower down it turned into fantastic spring snow.
Carn Mor Dearg - fantastic smooth powder turning into fantastic spring snow all the way from the summit to 800m
:: Skiers/Riders
Adrian Williams & Al Todd
:: E-Mail Contact
alistairtodd at tiscali dot co dot uk

The Nevis Range Mtns - Sat 14th Apr 2012
Posted by: Winterhighland Member at 19.56hrs on Thu 26th Apr 12

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:: Tour Route(s) or Location Skied/Ridden
Tower Gully - Ascent of Observatory gully up to Tower Scoop followed by a traverse into Tower Gully proper. Quick detour to the summit then descent via ascent route.
:: Weather Conditions
4 seasons in one day! Sun, blue skies, cloud and snow showers all came and went. Generally visibility was good with the exception of dropping in! FL 900m
:: Snow Conditions and Distrubtion
Consderable additional fresh snow from two weeks ago. Around a foot of fresh snow higher up. Snow was generally good with three distinct layers to the snowpack.
:: Skiers/Riders
HighRustler, Dave A and gavincarruthers

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