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Thought i would open a new thread for 2016, Old thread is here;

  Conditions are/will be improving over the coming weeks after a very mild/stormy start. 

This was the Caingorms yesterday with full winter conditions now with wind-slab forming a good base..

 

 

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The white on this particular webcam view mid-mountain at Glencoe is almost entirely hoar frost rather than snow. This might be broken down a bit by fairly heavy/wet snow for a time tonight and strong winds, but if it does persist higher up it would create a pretty dubious weakness that will persist at depth on mountains around the surrounding mountains where not much precipitation fell the last few days but everything was in thick cloud for days on end.

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There's certainly a big east-west contrast in snow at the moment, with the west looking very lean.   However, the heavy precipitation bringing the horrific flooding to Deeside and other parts of the North-East has deposited a lot of snow on the hills of the eastern Highlands as temperatures have dropped, after starting off as rain at all levels.  The photos below from the SAIS South Cairngorms blog shows a test pit with a depth of 180cm drifted snow.  I'd imagine the Lecht and Glenshee will be looking to open for snowsports this weekend, although the road situation doesn't help.  
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http://scairngormsblog.sais.gov.uk/2016/01/wintry-days/

Glenshee and the Lecht struggled for snow most of last winter as the Atlantic storms deposited phenomenal amounts of snow at altitude in the west, while leaving the east rather lean - very different at the moment!

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Summit temp -2.1 °C winds 23mph gusting 35mph S and snowing.

The current snowline is at 600m with snow falling to progressively lower levels through the day. The trend is for colder temps and more snow showers through into the weekend.

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A cracking bluebird day in the Caingorms/Glencoe with snow steadily building. Snowblowers are out today :D

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Photo from Stephen Watt on the summit on Friday. Nevis Range with Ben Nevis/Cairn Morg Dearg in the foreground. Snow building nicely.. Current temp -5c up there. 

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And Ben Nevis summit yesterday at the Mountain rescue used the R951 to get some big ropes up there ready for rescues during the winter climbing season.

 

 

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Glenshee groomers are out today with a view to opening uplift tomorrow. Glencoe likely to open too so all 5 centres should be up and running.

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Snow building nicely now with some lovely scenery on the webcams this morning.

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Some big snowfalls to come over the next 10 days for the Scottish mountains, This is the Back Corries at Nevis Range namely Aonach Beag this morning. Summit temp -3c Wind S/W.

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10 minutes ago, Polar Maritime said:

Some big snowfalls to come over the next 10 days for the Scottish mountains, This is the Back Corries at Nevis Range namely Aonach Beag this morning. Summit temp -3c Wind S/W.

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Great news we are heading to Pitlochry this coming Saturday so hopefully we can see plenty of the white stuff :-) and hopefully some skiing!!

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7 minutes ago, Snow Dayz said:

Great news we are heading to Pitlochry this coming Saturday so hopefully we can see plenty of the white stuff :-) and hopefully some skiing!!

I'm heading up to snowboard at Cairngorm tomorrow morning. Wednesday we're down at Glencoe mountain which seems to have caught the best of the recent snowfall (15cm on lower and middle runs). Glenshee remains a bit iffy but snow is forecast for the resort later in the week.

Nevis and Glencoe look like the best choices at present. 

 

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11 minutes ago, Norrona2015 said:

I'm heading up to snowboard at Cairngorm tomorrow morning. Wednesday we're down at Glencoe mountain which seems to have caught the best of the recent snowfall (15cm on lower and middle runs). Glenshee remains a bit iffy but snow is forecast for the resort later in the week.

Nevis and Glencoe look like the best choices at present. 

 

I will assess when we get there as form Pitlochry we can get to all the resorts within an hour and a half!

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Think i will head up there myself next week sometime. (Caingorm)

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Snow gates were closed at both sides of Glenshee yesterday, those on the hill had to leave sharpish.

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Bluebird at Glencoe :D

 

 

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21 minutes ago, Snow Dayz said:

It looks stunning! let hope it stay cold up there!!

Freezing or below/well below freezing all week. Easterly winds developing Thursday onwards with notable windchill. Friday/Saturday could be bluebird days. If the forecast holds then it looks like you've picked a cracking weekend for your trip.

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30 minutes ago, Norrona2015 said:

Freezing or below/well below freezing all week. Easterly winds developing Thursday onwards with notable windchill. Friday/Saturday could be bluebird days. If the forecast holds then it looks like you've picked a cracking weekend for your trip.

We are up all next week!  (Sat to Sat) what`s Glencoe like for beginners? as my youngest has only had one lesson? Glenshee is fab all round

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28 minutes ago, Snow Dayz said:

We are up all next week!  (Sat to Sat) what`s Glencoe like for beginners? as my youngest has only had one lesson? Glenshee is fab all round

Glencoe has the plateau piste which many would argue is the best beginners run in Scotland, long, wide and mellow - perfect for your youngest.

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2 hours ago, Norrona2015 said:

Glencoe has the plateau piste which many would argue is the best beginners run in Scotland, long, wide and mellow - perfect for your youngest.

Thanks for the tip, sounds great!

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4 hours ago, Snow Dayz said:

Thanks for the tip, sounds great!

No worries, heres a wee clip of the plateau run:

 

 

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