Glencoe: Very cold at the mighty Coe today.

  Posted by Stuart on 02/02/2009 @ 20:59
Resort / Country: Glencoe, UK - Scotland | Visited 1761 times
With Mrs Skythedog baby sitting for us last night,Jill and I headed North to stay at the Isles of Glencoe Hotel in Ballachulish. The rain on Friday had wiped a fair bit of "cosmetic" snow from the hills but the mighty Glencoe now has a good base and decent snowcover over the main runs.
Got a good deal on accomodation and after a nice meal and a couple of beers in the village it was off to bed dreaming of a fine day on the hill the following morning.
We had prepaid our lift tickets on the new Glencoe website which offers massive discounts on the normal daily rate, these discounts get bigger as the season goes on. £20 for a day ticket is excellent value.
We arrived at the car park just after 9.30am to find only a handful of other vehicles already there and with good visibility, very little wind and a couple of cms of fresh snow on top of a solid base we were looking good.
Took the Access chair up to the plateau and then up the poma where snow cover was excellent.
The hill was pretty quiet and we had no waiting for any of the lifts. Spent a short while doing a couple of laps from the Cliffhanger chair before heading up the Main Basin T-bar, from the top the Main basin,Happy Valley and Etive Glades runs were hard but very enjoyable.The sun made brief appearances and the views across Rannoch Moor were as stunning as always. The air temp was very low and both of us found our hydration systems frozen up so it was soon time to head into the Plateau Cafe for a couple of cans of juice (£1.50 each) and a warm up. The huge breakfast at the Hotel this morning kept us going well past lunchtime so we decided to keep on riding and leave for home mid afternoon.The Flypaper and Spring Run were closed because they were very hard and Icy but the Rannoch Glades was good fun and it was here we had our final blasts of the day before heading back down to the Access chair via the Low road.
Had a drink in the Log Cabin restaurant then set off back down the road where we faced quite a bit of driving snow....lets hope the Coe benefits from this current cold snap.Click to view full imageClick to view full imageClick to view full imageClick to view full imageClick to view full imageClick to view full imageClick to view full imageClick to view full imageClick to view full imageClick to view full imageClick to view full image
Comments (3)  
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 tomw_n (13/02/2009 @ 21:28)
They've got to get rid of those fences and plant some trees :)
 mcboarder (10/02/2009 @ 20:30)
wow thats a very quiet car park.
 kmc (02/02/2009 @ 21:25)
Hey Stuart, great report and glad to see the mighty Coe is open for business.
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