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At the moment the snow is excellent (best I've seen it this early), was up on Christmas Eve and there was good skiing to be had (went to the Lecht). Just don't expect any park. Has snowed over the weekend since then as well so there was some great skiing to be had (read reports of waist deep powder at Glenshee although I'm not sure how believable that really is).
Snow looks to be staying for at least the next week according forecasts, I expect it will stay through January, so there should be good skiing to be had for most of Janaury.
The Lecht are normally quite good at making the most of the snow so I expect to see some rails set up shortly. Also started a jump at the top of the Falcon and half way down the Buzzard though looks like it still needs a good bit of snow.
I found the powder not to be waist deep at Glenshee on christmas eve atleast. Unfortunaly it took me to go through a couple feet of it onto a decent sized rock, snapped my ski, chipped my shin I reckon though doctor thinks it will be fine. Would've taken photos but didn't even want to look at my leg cause it was stupidly swollen.
Anyone selling any skis in UK? Just needing twin tips don't mind about condition around 165 - 175cm?
heres some sick photos from this week in scotland.
there are 5 resorts in scotland. lecht- http://www.lecht.co.uk/ glenshee- http://www.ski-glenshee.co.uk/ glencoe- (doesnt have a wesite that i could find) nevis range- http://www.nevisrange.co.uk/ and cairngorm- http://www.cairngormmountain.co.uk/
and yes cairngorm has had a vans park setup for the last couple of years. To my knowlodge none of the other resorts have parks.
for latest conditions- http://ski.visitscotland.com/conditions/
oh and the lecht has a pipe cutter, as the owner has a snowboarder son who really wanted a pipe to train on (or so ive heard) but i have never seen a pipe at the lecht.
Sorry for the double post.
I've seen a pipe at the lecht once before. This was ages ago when I was tiny. I remember skiing across it so it couldn't have been that big. Owners son does manage to create some nice jumps and there are a few nuts riders.
On the point about snow depth in Scotland its hard to measure this as most centres rely on drifting snow, hence the snow fence lining the hills. This season so far has been pretty calm so we've got consistant cover where as often its often just strips of snow between the fences.
no problem mate.
Maan its so worth it right now, as long as the snow stays as it is (fingers crossed)
Surface hoar forms on cold, clear nights with a clam or nearly clam conditions in the lower meter of air.
Surface hoar forms on the surface of the snowpack as a feathery crystal, that ranges from, less than a millimeter to over several centimeters in size.
The instability come from storms depositing new snow on top of surface hoar creating a weak layer. Witch them becomes buried surface hoar.
The conditions are pretty sketchy right now, with widespread instability by elevation and aspect. So careful route choice and low angle terrain would be the best option, right now.
I will be heading up to glenshee on monday for a short tour. But i'm not sure were i'll be heading yet. I'll be keeping an eye on the avalanche bulletin and weather for now. So I can plan my tour carefully.