Friday Freshies

A bright day was on the cards and reports told of a night of snowfall on the upper mountain at Glencoe.
Other than a slight delay with a roadworks convoy just before Rannoch Moor, the journey up was straight forward.

I arrived just after 9am and got straight onto the access lift.
The upper mountain came into view as the chair neared the plateau and it looked fantastic in the sunshine.

Plateau Poma

The Cliffy wasn’t running, so it was straight to the Wall T-bar, then to the Summit.
Main Basin had really nice wind packed snow, excellent for large radius sweeping turns. I got myself over to Spring Run too and other than a slightly form top portion, the lower section had the same wind packed softer snow, although it was a bit choppy by this point. Taking Mugs Alley back to the Wall T-bar, all runs on upper mountain are still connected.

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Top T-bar

Happy Vally was fun, but I did make the mistake of exploring Etive Glades, just in case the southerly wind had deputed anything in there. I was sadly mistaken and it was pure ice and felt like a cheese grater as I forced my turns before getting back onto the bottom of Happy Valley.

Ski Tow Gulley, usually a fun go-to for me was iced up, so I avoided this until it was time to leave, and I crossed here to get back down to the Plateau run.

Plenty of fresh snow
The upper mountain under the sun

The wind did die down through the day and the sunshine prevailed till the lifts stopped spinning. But the biggest surprise of the day was the lack of people. There were very few on the slopes which was a surprise to me as the snow and good weather was well publicised the day before. I can’t complain as this meant small lift lines.

Rannoch Moor beyond

Hopefully this won’t be the case next weekend when @TheMightyCoe Festival takes place.
There will be a festival village with food and entertainment plus line-up of big ski and snowsport brands exhibiting alongside a wide range of on-snow and social activity. It’s not to be missed, but you’ll need a ticket!
If you haven’t already, get your tickets here:

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Snow Pusher
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