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Mild and Windy : (

This Report for the Scottish Highlands was issued at
18.47hrs Tuesday 19th February 2019.
Strong winds and mild temperatures return overnight. Limited lift served beginner areas at CairnGorm and the Lecht, but no tickets available for tomorrow at CairnGorm. Eagle did run Tue but unlikely to survive the night.

Nevis Range World Cup and Top Chief Downhill MTB tracks open Tuesday for lift served half term mountain biking!

Get an early weather check with our webcams, first images around 7am at this time of year.

Snow showers had been coming into the West over the past couple of days but the snow level was too high and the accumulations insufficient to allow even limited lift served snowsports to resume and milder windier conditions will return tonight. It did however manage an avalanche on the Flypaper today, almost as if to add insult to injury!

That means the only lift served snowsports was the nursery slopes at the Lecht, plus the Eagle Poma there though the run is very narrow and thin in places and is not likely to survive the night as milder temperatures return and the wind freshens up. Both Magic Carpets should run for the beginners area though with the snow factory continuing to produce snow.

On CairnGorm the beginner area by the Daylodge is available with the SnowBadger Rope Tow and Carpark T-bar to just beyond Tower 2, but strong winds might prevent the Carpark Tow so no more tickets are currently available for the beginner area on Wednesday. There is insufficient snow to allow access to the Top Basin though there remains snow at higher elevations.

The Access Chair did run at Glencoe with the lighter winds Tuesday and there is snowfactory snow for lessons and sledging adjacent to the Plateau Cafe (but not on the normal sledge park slope). Plateau Cafe open if the Chairlift is open and use of sledges at the cafe is free, please return to the wooden bunker. However check in the morning as stronger gustier winds are again forecast for Wednesday, Thursday looks slightly more promising on that score.

There is some scope for limited high elevation touring around, but cover is patchy and will become progressively more so and as the MWIS outlook states, virtually all remaining snow will melt given the outlook.

:: Terrain Parks
No park features available at this time.

:: CairnGorm Funicular Closure
The CairnGorm Funicular is closed indefinitely and will not run this winter or summer while its fate is considered in an 'all options appraisal' by Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

For snowsports that means that uplift is only available on surface tows on CairnGorm. Firstly access to the Top Basin (Ptarmigan and Ciste T-bars) and Ptarmigan Restaurant is only by advanced level, steep and fast auto-stacking pomas that are only suitable for experienced riders able to cope with red graded terrain.

Secondly it means the wind threshold for lift served snowsports and reliability of access to the more snow sure Top Basin will be significantly reduced. Keep this in mind when checking forecasts and planning a trip.

:: Mountain Forecast Discussion
Into the evening leading edge snow ahead of a warm front which will lift the Munro Level temperature back to +2°c after dusk in the West. Mon and Tuesday thus represent only a temporary break in a prolonged and sustained thaw that will ultimately leave very little and patchy snow cover on Highland mountains. The week as a whole being dominated by far above average temperatures and strong S to SW winds as was last week.

The only realistic expectation at this stage from the forecast data is that we will finish February as we did in 2012 with no lift served snowsports possible at any off the 5 Highland areas, except perhaps very limited novice terrain on machine made snow.

Of course both CairnGorm and the Lecht can come back from nothing not just in March, but in April and even in May too in cool to cold convective Northerlies, and with a very late Easter the season could still turn around spectacularly. But we need a March with big winter storms if the season is to be turned around for all the areas.

:: Club Fields
All the club fields require a return to cold and snowy weather to offer any snowsports.

Find out more:

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

:: Webcams and Weather Stations
Server and database transfers internally and to third party cloud service mean there has been some Domain Name Service (DNS) issues affecting access to the site. This is intermittently having an impact on webcam operations, if you are seeing out of date cam images, it could also be a cache issue so please try to force a reload or try again later.

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

CAIRNGORM: Aviemore Cams online. Loch Morlich Cam online.

GLENCOE: All cameras are online.

NEVIS: Front of mountain cams online. Awaiting suitable conditions to reach the Braveheart Chair to try new network setup with the now available in the area, vodafone LTE service.

The Lecht // Mon 11th Feb
Fresh snow overnight and Sunny Monday. Lecht probably best bet for Tuesday, but check the lift status in the morning due to strong winds.
CairnGorm Mtn // Mon 11th Feb
Sadly it won't be a repeat on Tuesday! High winds forecast so check uplift status AM next few days.
Nevis Range // Mon 11th Feb
A decent Monday at Nevis Range, but Gale Force SW winds forecast for the next 2 days. Check uplift AM before travelling.
Glencoe // Sun 10th Feb
At the top of the Main Basin T-bar as a snow shower came through. Get up Monday if you can!
CairnGorm Mtn // Thu 7th Feb
M1 Poma made it's season debut on Thursday. Storm Erik to blast the mountains Fri & Sat, hopefully lots of snow too!
Glencoe // Mon 4th Feb
Piste Basher approaching Coire Pollach Tow on return from Summit.
Glenshee // Sun 3rd Feb
Glenshee has limited lift served snowsports on the Cairnwell beginner areas plus Butchart's Access.
Glencoe // Sun 3rd Feb
Red Bull Revolutions in Sound at the Rail Jam on Old Mugs Alley.
Northern Cairngorms Outlook
Wednesday 20th February
FL: >Tops.  Showers
914m: 5°c SSW 45 gust 70mph
Thursday 21st February
FL: >Tops.  Part Cloudy
914m: 7°c South 30-50mph
  18.30hrs Tue 19th Feb
West Highlands Outlook
Wednesday 20th February
FL: >Tops.  Rain
914m: 4°c SSW 40 gust 60mph
Thursday 21st February
FL: >Tops.  Showers
914m: 5°c South 30-45mph
  18.30hrs Tue 19th Feb
Southern Cairngorms Outlook
Wednesday 20th February
FL: >Tops.  Showers
914m: 4°c SSW 35 gust 55mph
Thursday 21st February
FL: >Tops.  Overcast
914m: 6°c South 25-40mph
  18.31hrs Tue 19th Feb
Lowther Hill Outlook
Wednesday 20th February
FL: >Tops.  Showers
725m: 5°c SSW 30 gust 45mph
Thursday 21st February
FL: >Tops.  Overcast
725m: 6°c South 20-40mph
  18.32hrs Tue 19th Feb