Apr 4, 2012555 Posts
After being forced to close early for the season in late-February when Scotland came within a few fractions of a degree from its warmest ever February, which was then followed by the warmest ever March, a 20 degree drop in temperatures for the start of April and the widely-reported fresh snow has allowed two areas to re-open.
The snow has come as a surprise for the ski areas themselves which had already moved on to summer operations, in Cairngorm's case starting their guided tours to the top of the mountain from the upper funicular station a month early on Sunday.
The Ski Scotland conditions web page for the Lecht's conditions page is only showing their summer activities however roads are open after overnight closure due to the snow with wind speed 9mph, and temp at 7.15 this morning –4.5°C The Buzzard, Robin, Wren, Magic Carpet/Travelator and Kestrel lifts are running.
At CairnGorm the Ciste Fairway which suits lower ability skiers and boarders is open along with the West Wall Poma from half-way. There's thin cover top to middle via 105 with other areas offering s thin, ungroomed and unpatrolled cover with rocks showing ("at your own risk!")
Elsewhere Nevis Range does not have enough new snow for snowsports although the dry slope for beginners has 60% snow cover and at Glenshee there was good snowfall but wind has stripped the slopes – they're waiting to see if there's more.
Glencoe was saying there were patches of snow and some longer runs if you didn't mind the hike from the access chair but now that option seems to have ended.
Apr 5, 2012221 Posts
Maybe it's just me, but nothing mentioned here sounds remotely appetising
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