Making it work…

2nd February 2022

A very uninspiring day, with low cloud and light rain. Continuing wet tomorrow but with the winds ramping back up to Gale Force, touching severe Gale Force on the highest mountains. The freezing level is forecast to lower so the precipitation will gradually turn more to snow at the highest elevations.

Leaving for the hills via the Glenshee ski area, I was impressed by the continued effort they have made to ensure that there is something for people to have a go at skiing on. All around is green/brown bare ground and then there is a strip of white up the hillside. And the people who were skiing on it were having a good time – There was a lot of laughter to be heard.

The weather looks like it is going stay unsettled with a lot of fluctuating temperatures  – but definitely looking cooler over the next 48 hour period. Just as a bit of inspiration – I’ve thrown in a photo from the 1st of February last year – however I think that I might just have depressed rather than inspired myself!

Faking it! Glenshee Ski Centre Today…

Artificial ice pellets – much more resilient than a snow crystal

A group of young people having a great time – mostly sat ON the snow but there was a lot of laughing going on!

A strip of white in the sea of brown/green…

Loch Vrotachan at 750m with the old ice pushed up to the East end.

Throwback photo – 01/02/2021. You win some  – You lose some….

For those looking for some inspiration, there are still some reasonable snow slopes higher up, mainly in North to East facing corries. This video clip is from last Sundays training session of Braemar Mountain Rescue Team. The team Doctor makes his way up above the Dubh Lochan on Beinn a Bhuird. Thanks to Kenny of BMRT for the video.



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