The Lecht managed to reopen on Thursday despite overnight rain, there has been little further loss of snow and some runs remain skiable but check AM.
The Lecht reopened for snowsports on Thursday after several days of heavy convective snow showers streaming in off the Moray Firth. Unfortunately as has happened several times this season, overnight was milder and damper than expected with hours of rainfall resulting in reduced snow cover by Thursday. However some runs survived and there has been little further change in cover, so there will hopefully be the chance to take advantage of fairer weather for some late April sliding on Saturday. Bring a sense of humour and grab one last slide.
Friday has been a dry day and a dry day is expected on Saturday to the North of the Cairngorms, light SE wind will become moderate later in the afternoon. Strong winds and are forecast for Sunday, given the fairly limited snowcover it is a case of grab the opportunity while you can. Do check the official reports for updates in the morning though, just in case there is any further loss of snow overnight.
The best cover is on the North side of the Buzzard Poma, the Buzzard Return, the North side of the Eagle and the Snowy Owl. On the Buzzard side there is a fence depth in places. The Grouse runs are skiable but thin and narrow, with worn areas and bare patches. The Eagle Poma, Grouse Poma, Snowy Owl Chair, Buzzard Poma and Kestral Poma are able to run as of update.
CairnGorm was a mix of wind scoured areas and some big 2m plus drifts along fence lines that were across the NW and Northerly gales, however no effort was made to consolidate the snow until after the overnight rain and an effort to piste the route to mid-station in the mild drizzle on Thursday was abandoned. The Ciste Fairway looks more promising, but the hangers have been removed from the Ciste Tow in the past few days.
Far fewer snow showers reached the other areas, there are some higher snowfields for those willing to hike or with touring gear in the West and both West Coast Access lifts are open daily wind permitting. Moderately strong SE winds will strengthen later Saturday and through Sunday, wind is likely to be less around Glencoe and stronger in the Nevis Range due to topographic funnelling. At Nevis Range there are still some reasonable snowfields over the back, in Coire Dubh there are complete lines to the top of the Braveheart Chairlift, but it's a fair effort to get these lines in with a walk up from the top of the Gondola and a walk out from the top of the Braveheart
Further North in the Highlands there has been even more significant snow fall so some late season touring opportunities exist further North than the snowsports areas.
Saturday should be a fine day with Sunny Spells and moderate SE wind in the Northern Cairngorms. Initially 0 rising +2°c at Munro Level. More cloud towards the Southern Cairngorms and more of a risk of a wintry shower there.
Extensive Sunshine on Sunday to the North of the main ranges, but more cloud will come into the Southern Highlands and Southern Cairngorms. Strong perhaps Gale Force SE wind will be stronger over the Northern Cairngorms on and downslope of the Cairngorm Plateau and through the Nevis Range where gusts over 60mph are possible.
Early indications for the May Day Bank Holiday are for moderate SE winds and fairly extensive Sunny Spells away from immediate Eastern costal hills. Again stronger gusts over the Cairngorm Plateau and downslopes and through the Nevis Range, much less wind around Glencoe for example due to the SE direction.
Indications for through the mid-week period has the most Sunshine towards the West with light SE to East wind under high pressure to or just over the Northern Highlands / Islands.
Check the MWIS and Met Office Mountain forecasts for the latest detailed area mountain weather outlooks.
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We have added a new webcam in Leadhills in conjunction with the Hopetoun Arms Hotel and Lowther Hills Ski Club.
CAIRNGORM: SSC and Loch Morlich webcams are online. Loch Morlich AWS is back online for temperature.
AVIEMORE: Aviemore, Inverdruie and Loch Morlich cams online.
GLENCOE: All Cams are online.
NEVIS: Braveheart and base online. Front of mountain cameras currently not available.
Glencoe: 01855 851226 www.glencoemountain.co.uk
Nevis Range: 01397 705825 www.nevisrange.co.uk
Lecht: 01975 651440 www.lecht.co.uk
CairnGorm: 01479 861261 www.cairngormmountain.co.uk
Glenshee: 013397 41320 www.ski-glenshee.co.uk