Strong winds are forecast for tomorrow Friday 30th December so no uplift is planned, cafe and accommodation open as normal.
The forecast is for the winds to moderate on Saturday morning so the Access Chairlift may be able to run on Saturday afternoon. However by that stage the forecast mild temperatures and rain mean that we expect ski runs to be broken so unlikely we will have any skiing or snowboarding available other than on the dry slope for complete beginners.
Colder weather with snow is forecast for the New Year and we now have a good base so hopefully not long now until we can get fully open.
Thanks to everyone who turned out over the last few days to enjoy some early season fun.
Cafe and accommodation will be open as normal over the New Year period and bar will be open until 11pm on Hogmanay..
Weather permitting Access Chair will run on New Years day.
On the Strength of various weather forecasts for tomorrow for High Wind, there will be no uplift. We will review on Saturday or when the weather allows access to the mountain. Cafe and accommodation open as normal.
A couple of pictures from what turned out to be a pretty decent first day of the season.
Tomorrow the Access Chair, Plateau Poma and Cliffhanger Chair are expected to run. This will provide skiing on the Plateau run, Coire Pollach, Mugs Alleys, The Wall and the Wall crossover. Ski hire and the ski school will be open as normal.
There is plenty of snow for sledging at the Plateau cafe but please if you plan to bring small children wrap them up warmly with plenty of layers and good footwear.
The Access Chair and Plateau Poma will run tomorrow for beginner and beginner plus skiers and boarders. The only complete run at present is the Plateau run but work will be carried out in the morning to push snow to link up the plateau cafe via Coire Pollach. The Plateau cafe, ski hire and ski school will all be open as normal. Pass prices will be beginners tickets £20 adults and £15 for children.
There is plenty of snow for sledging but please if you are bringing small children make sure they are warmly dressed with suitable footwear.
Our new snow plow was getting a great workout in the car park in the storm force winds and heavy snow today.
Thankfully the weather is due to calm down overnight leading to a more settled period of weather with moderate SW winds and staying mainly dry for the next couple of days. With storm force winds for the last 4 days staff haven't been able to make it up the mountain since the 22nd Dec. From the webcams we can see that some of the gullies have gained massively and a good base is building for the season, however we can also see that many areas have become wind-scoured and stripped of snow, particularly the plateau where winds have been too strong for the snow fences to work effectively.
The Access chair is expected to open tomorrow for sight-seeing, sledging and tourers but not for skiing or snowboarding. We expect a lot of storm recovery work and very little to be joined up with some massive snow drifts but also many areas stripped clear. We will be able to provide a full update tomorrow afternoon once we can get staff back on the mountain. For latest from webcams http://www.glencoemountain.co.uk/webcams/
Looks like the snow has stuck around in all the important places during the latest thaw cycle and heavy snow is falling again this evening to all levels. More heavy snow blown in on gale force winds is forecast tomorrow and the weather is then due to calm down for Tuesday.....