Rain in the cold = snow

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  • Premier Icon matt_outandabout
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    So the rain down south have been having has fallen on the hills up here as white stuff…

    This is the same pic from the carpark at Glencoe, two weeks ago and yesterday… ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

    http://saisglencoe.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/lots-of-snow-in-glen-coe.html?spref=fb

    peterfile
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    Funnily enough, I hiked up behind the guys yesterday and took a photo of them taking a photo at that exact spot (that’s someone’s head poking out) ๐Ÿ™‚

    First tracks were, well, amazing ๐Ÿ™‚

    Premier Icon zippykona
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    Makes a welcome change to looking at peoples flooded houses.
    More pics please.

    Premier Icon matt_outandabout
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    This the classic Hill snow though – little below about 4-500m, then suddenly BOOM, loads…

    Premier Icon Bunnyhop
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    Brilliant – more snow than the alps.

    Premier Icon Drac
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    Excellent!

    The Cheviots are still pretty white too but they’ll be no where that much of course.

    I dont want to be too pedantic but that is the Ski Patrol Hut at approx 860m, whereas the Carpark is at about 360m. I skied past it on friday and raised an eyebrow. you’d only know it was there if you knew it was there, if you know what I mean.

    Normally the floor of the hut is about head/chest height of the skiers queueing to get on the T-Bar. I have never seen accumulations like it at Glencoe.

    Premier Icon matt_outandabout
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    I thought it was the car park hut?

    Premier Icon rickmeister
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    Guess there is a certain amount of ironing with that lift and that amount of snow,,, guess it isnt running… same as perfect conditions on the hill but the ski road is closed…

    Premier Icon scotroutes
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    Not too shabby a day in the Cairngorms either.



    FunkyDunc
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    But is it just wind blown drifts or true depth across the hill?

    Give it a day or two and it will be all gone ๐Ÿ™

    peterfile
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    Give it a day or two and it will be all gone

    Lol. No ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’ve never seen the hills so loaded. I headed up to have a look at Rannoch Wall on the buachaille after I’d been skiing on Saturday. No idea how people are ticking routes off at the moment.

    There’s about 5 metres on glencoe and it’s still dumping a foot or sometimes substantially more each night.

    Premier Icon footflaps
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    Cairngorm elevated railway:

    passtherizla
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    My brother and his buddies are up there this weekend… He said it’s been amazing. Did his first front flip outside of the fridge. they stayed in one of the huts and were able to ride to the door. Hope it lasts until 8th march ๐Ÿ™

    Premier Icon Nobeerinthefridge
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    Give it a day or two and it will be all gone

    No chance, at this rate the Scottish ski resorts will be open into the Glasgow fair!.

    peterfile
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    passtherizla, trust me, it will last until 8 March.

    I’m struggling to work out how the higher peaks are going to rid themselves of all this snow before next winter (being serious here, particularly the Ben)….anyone know at what point things would tip towards having a permanent snow/ice cap at 1400m? There’s quite often year round patches in Point 5.

    passtherizla
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    Ah thanks Peter… Gives me hope. It was good a few weeks back I’ve ridden there in all sorts of conditions but this snowfall is immense.

    peterfile
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    Although it was great this weekend, it was slightly marred by the huge numbers of incredibly loud cockney families who couldn’t afford to go to Meribel for half term, so instead decide to CONSTANTLY SHOUT to each other ALL THE TIME in voices that sounded like someone grating a cat. Plus lots of middle aged dads wearing go pros and ski suits and SHOUTING orders at their kids up and down the lift queues and who didn’t quite work out the concept of doubling up when the t bar is busy ๐Ÿ™‚

    Premier Icon matt_outandabout
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    I have skied on summers solstice in Scotland – on back of Lawers three years ago. 8)
    The current build up will likely leave many patches this year.

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    It’s not proper scottish skiing if there’s full snow cover, how are today’s kids going to learn to dodge rocks?

    Premier Icon footflaps
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    I have a set of special Scottish skis, with the base completely worn away from skiing on a unique mix of heather, rocks and a dusting of snow.

    peterfile
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    I’m the same footflaps!

    To be fair, even with all this snow, scottish folk go hunting for heather and rocks ๐Ÿ™‚ I was doing laps of the approach chair and down to the car park because the drag lifts were busy. Lovely 45 degree powder for a few hundred metres and then progressively greener ๐Ÿ™‚ We never learn

    piemonster
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    I may have picked a reasonable year to learn to ski.

    alpin
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    was at 1800m yesterday in the Bavarian Alps… in places there was about 40cm of week old snow. otherwise it was pretty bare. more slush than snow…. oh, and it was 18ยฐC! crazy!

    passtherizla
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    Ha ha dodge rocks!?!? I have a board that is just for Scotland. I embrace the rocks. It’s Delammed,got a piece of missing edge and the base has canyons in it I have to fill with wax still rides like new though so I’m not retiring it until it snaps.

    nbt
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    Hmmm. we’re supposed to be going to North Wales for mayday week, but I might suggest a change of venue and head up to scotland – I’ve done 2* mayday ski weekends in recent years and I reckon there’ll be a third one on the cards this year

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    anyone know at what point things would tip towards having a permanent snow/ice cap at 1400m?

    I had heard that it would only take a 2 degree reduction in average temperature to result in permanent snow cover and some small glacier formation.

    Year round snow cover is not rare though is it? I went up to Scotland in late August a few years ago and there was snow on the Ben then.

    Premier Icon Bunnyhop
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    Ah yes the joy of skiing heather and rocks.
    nbt – I’m in ๐Ÿ™‚

    Premier Icon scotroutes
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    Cairngorm have had to suspend ticket sales today as they’ve reached maximum capacity. They”ve so been working to get the Ciste chair operational.

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