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Snow report glossary
- Last snowed
- The date of the last snowfall.
- Fresh snow
- The depth of the last snowfall.
- Last 7 days
- The total snowfall reported over the last 7 days.
- Next 9 days
- The total amount of fresh snow predicted at mid-mountain level from our detailed 9 day forecast.
- Upper piste depth
- An indication of the snow depth on the upper prepared slopes.
- Lower piste depth
- An indication of the snow depth on the lower prepared slopes.
- Piste quality
- An indication of the general piste conditions on the open pistes.
- Resort runs
- An indication of the conditions on the lower, open runs back into the resort base.
- Off piste snow
- An indication of the general off piste conditions.
- Lifts open
- An indication of the number of lifts that are open out of the total number of lifts possible in this resort/ski area.
28 Jan 2015 12:57
|Hard base, light dusting of fresh snow|
|Last snowed||28 Jan 2015|
|Last 7 days||6cm|
|Next 9 days||22cm|
|Upper piste depth||80cm|
|Lower piste depth||50cm|
|Off piste snow||Limited|
|Lifts open||4 out of 13|
Weather forecast glossary
- The predicted weather for the afternoon period at mid-mountain level.
- Snow expected
- The predicted amount of snow.
- Maximum temperature
- The predicted maximum temperature for the afternoon period at mid-mountain level.
Snow & weather forecast
|A moderate fall of snow, heaviest on Thu night. Temperatures will be below freezing (max 0°C on Thu night, min -6°C on Wed night). Winds increasing (light winds from the W on Thu night, severe gales from the NNW by Sat morning).|
|Wednesday 28 January 2015
Lift operation affected by strong winds
|Thursday 29 January 2015|
4cm snow expected
-4°C max temp
|Friday 30 January 2015|
10cm snow expected
-2°C max temp
|Saturday 31 January 2015|
6cm snow expected
-5°C max temp
Snow overview for Scotland
There was a slight thaw in Scotland on Sunday, although very little damage has been done and very little base depth has been lost. The problem on Monday 26th January was the wind, which was affecting lift operations, especially at Cairngorm (50/80cm), Glencoe (50/120cm) and Nevis Range (45/100cm). The best sliding was therefore at The Lecht (50/70cm) and Glenshee (50/70cm) which are both slightly more sheltered from the winds.
A light dusting of snow was recorded at all five ski areas on Monday morning, but more significant snow is forecast for later this week. Some very cold air is set to dig in on Wednesday and some spells of heavy snow are forecast until the weekend.
Spent the last week of February in Aviemore attempting to ski on Cairngorm. Only managed two and a half days on the hill due to weather and funicular problems. The wind kept the mountain shut down for most of the time and the funicular only worked for a day and a half of the time I was there. The wind blows snow across the tracks and cables and stops it working. Because the funicular is in one section if the top is blocked the whole thing does not work, unlike the chairlifts which had a mid station so you could work the bottom half while the top was getting fixed. On some days the hill was closed at 10.00 because there were so few tows working and to keep the queues artificially low, but you still had to wait for at least half an hour to get up the few that were working. For example the Corrie Cas tow wire came off the rollers. The tow was fixed but then remained closed causing huge queues everywhere else. They said it was too windy, I have been skiing there for years and have seen that tow work in far worse conditions. Result was the run was closed while it had some of the best skiing conditions on it there have ever been. On Saturday they eventually got the top of the hill open and we were able to ski on the top part of Corrie na Ciste. The snow was excellent, 300cm+ deep and down the lower part of the Ciste there was truly great skiing. BUT there is only one lift out so the queues quickly built up and I baled out when they got to be over a half hour. On the front of the mountain the White Lady run, one of the best runs on the hill, was deserted because you can't get off the bottom of it without taking your skis off and walking back up to the M1 poma or making your way down the beginner slopes to the car park, waiting in a long queue and taking the funicular up again. Cairngorm has three times as much snow just now as most continental resorts, they just keep shooting themselves in the foot with poor service and abysmal customer relations and communication.
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