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The 2018 Scottish Season is over... : '(

This Report for the Scottish Highlands was issued at
19.56hrs Monday 7th May 2018.
That's all for snowsports lift operations for the 2018 Season! Still a decent amount of snow at Nevis Range and Glencoe for those with touring kit and willing to hike, both access lifts open daily weather permitting.

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. Have you managed to join the 7 month club of having ridden Glencoe every month of this fantastic season?

The weather didn?t read the script, around 10am as many were preparing to head up the Access Chair the heavens opened! Those up the hill could take shelter in the Plateau Cafe, those at the base stayed in their cars or the cafe, those who were unlucky had just got on the Access Chair!

Fortunately the rain did clear late morning and a fantastic dry afternoon was had to round of the 2018 Scottish Season with some perfect granular spring snow. From now on though any turns will have to be earned, but the Access Chair and Nevis Range gondola are open daily wind permitting, helping you get closer to the remaining spring snow fields.

Main Basin (blue) and Happy Valley (blue) are in good condition with fast crunchy granular spring snow, the Wall (red) and Flypaper (black) had perfect fast smooth granular true spring snow, the stuff that takes an entire season to come to it's best as the deeper consolidated snow comes to the surface in the warmer spring temperatures. Some nice bumps in the Canyon, not too big and not too tight just great fun, but more grass than snow on the final run out down Mugs Alley this afternoon!

A walk along the Summit path was required to reach the Spring Run (red) and Flypaper (black), but was very worth it. Ballies and Radio Gully also seeing some late season action.

Saturday saw the mass start Macavalanche mountain bike race, see the Pix from the Slopes for some photos of the mountain bikers in the snow and for a full report and photos from Sunday.

Remember no exit from the top of the Funicular at CairnGorm as the season is over and the Funicular will be unavailable even for downhill travel for most of June due to repair work.

:: Mid Summer Slide at Glencoe
Remaining snow permitting Glencoe plans to host a mid summer ski and ride day on the Saturday just after the Summer Solstice which is 23rd June. Details to be confirmed nearer the time but the plan is to allow people time for breakfast in the cafe prior to heading up the Access Chair, the Cliffhanger Chair will be open for a period in the morning to get people up nearer the snowline.

:: Mountain Forecast Discussion
Could be a touch of wintriness about some of the showers through the mid week period. As a whole after Monday looks rather unsettled with showers, or longer periods of precipitation as fronts come in off the Atlantic to Scotland as the ridge of high pressure slips back South.

:: 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 ADSL working normally at present.

GLENCOE: All but mid-mountain camera is online. Will attempt to restore this to it?s usual view looking over the Wall to Buachaille Etive Mor after conclusion of the snowsports season as there is a cable fault under significant snow depth!

NEVIS: Mountain cams online, but weak mobile reception is causing intermittent connectivity issues for some of the cams.

tricky
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.
Glencoe // Sun 29th Apr
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More of this on Monday, at dusk on Sunday not a cloud in the sky so don't forget the shades and high factor suncream!
Glencoe // Sat 28th Apr
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Come and get some of this on Sunday! Bluebird forecast for next 2 or 3 days and Glencoe is open daily weather permitting through and including Monday 7th May.
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
More... 
  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
More... 
  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
More... 
  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
More... 
  13.45hrs Wed 9th May