Day 31: 2017/18

Glencoe Mountain Resort

Having had an epic powder day during the week, I didn’t feel too guilty about the slow start to Saturday at Glencoe Mountain. Having had a bit of a celebration on Friday, I didn’t leave Glasgow till after 10:00am. This meant I wan’t up the hill until the afternoon. This wasn’t a big deal since I planned to stay up for the weekend.

Cliffhanger chairlift
Top of the Cliffy

Spring Has Arrived

A grey bird day and the temperatures on the hill were much warmer than of late. Above zero, the snow was a bit heavy and sticky especially off the high traffic areas. I was using my Box Knife, and being a touch wider and shorter than my other board, I wondered if this was why I was sticking, but I think it would have happened regardless.

I used the slower speed to my advantage every now and then by practising riding switch. 

Visibility on the hill was fine with only the very summit hanging on to some mist.

The misty summit at Glencoe Mountain
The misty summit at Glencoe Mountain

Where is everybody?

There had been a rail jam in the park today, and the Atomic guys were on the hill today for ski demos so there was a lot going on. The car park was pretty busy, but as has been common this season, folk seemed to be well spread around the hill, so it was not crowded in the least. 

After trying a few of the steeper slopes to keep speed up, then realising it wasn’t working, I concentrated on the faster areas. Practicing some more switch riding and trying the odd tripod, filling my gloves with wet spring snow.

Looking towards the Haggis Trap
Skiing towards the Haggis Trap

Snow Cover

Despite the warmer temperatures on Saturday, the cover is still 100%. Sunday is looking to be brighter in the afternoon and hopefully the snow is drying out too.

The depth of snow will ensure the top runs have snow till well after the end of the season. So get up there and make the most of it before the lifts stop running. This snow should see is into May no problem. And it looks like the snow is turning to Spring snow across the mountain now that its warming up. Spring snow is fun snow!

Pagan man summons Ullr the snow god
Pagan man summons Ullr the snow god to Glencoe

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