devils staircase
Looking North towards the Devil’s Staircase
 Day 17 of Scottish season 15/16. Conditions today were a marked contrast to my last visit just a few days ago. Temperatures were high, 14° or so in the carpark with quite a bit of snow loss on the mountain, up to a foot according to the resort. 

The plateau still has cover, though thinning in places. From the Mugs Alley upwards there is still full cover with rocks poking through. Out in Etive Glades there is still snow, but very narrow as you reach the top of The Wall, which still has great riding. 

After having fun on Spring Run and Main Basin, which are both loaded, I gave Rannoch Glades a go. This runs directly down the centre of the mountain and I hadn’t tried it all season. Once the narrow rock lined path is negotiated, the steeper slope opens up above the Cliffhanger Chair and Mugs Alley, providing fun steep turns. I hope we get some new snow layer so I can spend a bit more time here. 

All runs are in good condition and are being well maintained. Off piste scalloped snow is consolidating into slushy Spring snow. The sky was very overcast, but cloud was high, along with freezing levels. It looks like high pressure will dominate most of the week, so hopefully no rain. I have a week off soon, hoping colder weather returns, allowing me to notch up more day. I won’t be travelling abroad this year, so I need to get my fill at home. 

Sunday was also host to the Glencoe Rail Jam. The event took place next to the new Corrie Polach tow, near the Cafe. I didn’t catch any of it unfortunately, but it’s great events like the are hosted at Glencoe. 

snow patterns
Winter Stripes