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As the temperature drops there's snow in Scotland and Glencoe has become the first of the main ski areas to open. UPDATED

 

 

It snowed in Scotland over the weekend and the first of the five main ski areas announced it would open onTuesday.

Glencoe Mountain said on facebook on Monday afternoon: "Delighted to report that the Access Chair, Coire Pollach & the Plateau Poma will be running tomorrow.

"Runs have groomed up nicely but still early season conditions so expect some narrow sections," the resort said on Monday.

And these photos were taken on Tuesday morning as the lifts rolled:

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In other parts of Scotland there's also skiing to be had.

The little-known ski area of Lowther Hills has opened.

It's a small area that is for members only and it has a single tow lift - the first skiing started on Friday 24th November.

"The first spells of winter have reached Scotland's highest villages, so there we go: we'll start the 2017/18 ski season tonight at the nursery slope in Leadhills," said a statement from the Club on Friday.

"We should be up and running by 5pm and will keep a ski tow running until 7pm approximately for members only," it added.

Here is what it looked like on Friday morning:

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And some action on Friday evening...

The conditions were good on the nursery slope, "Excellent conditions at the Nursery slope tonight and beautiful night skiing under a starry sky."

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At Cairngorm Mountain there was a welcome return to wintry conditions, after a warm wet spell on Tuesday, that melted last week's accumulated snow.

There are cold temperatures with lighter snow showers expected across the weekend.

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No lifts are running so ski touring is an option.

The conditions certainly look good.

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At Glenshee, there is enough snow for sledging and building snowmen.

The access road however is not currently open.

Glenshee commented on facebook, "Hurrah things are building enough snow to sledge but not enough for skiing and snowsport yet. We will let you know ASAP A93 is open."

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It snowed at Glencoe on Thursday night and snow continued to fall into Friday morning.

Commenting on facebook on Friday, Glencoe stated, "Snow base beginning to build at all levels. Still not enough for lift assisted skiing and boarding but plenty for sledging and ski or snowboard touring. Access Chairlift open daily weather permitting."

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And enjoying the snow at Glencoe on Saturday morning.... and up top it's still snowing.

On Friday morning at the Nevis Range, conditions looked white and snowy at the Base Station.

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With the snow falling Ski-Scotland is promoting its all-area winter season ticket, which covers all five mountain resorts.

It also includes benefits at Scotland's sixth real-snow area.

A limited number are made available each winter.

Season ticket holders can decide not only which resort to visit and so follow the best snow and weather, they can also by-pass ticket office queues and be first on the pistes.

Ticket holders also get free slope time and discounts at Snow Factor, the indoor real snow ski and board centre as well as free access to all of Iceland's ski areas.

"At this time of year many of our skiers and boarders play a risky waiting game," said Andy Meldrum, the new Chair of Ski-Scotland.

"They want to wait to see what the weather might have in store for us before deciding to buy a season ticket. With just a limited number available, once they're all sold, that's it until next winter.

"However, already all the snowsports areas have had some snow, albeit not yet sufficient to operate.

"Also, three of our resorts will this winter operate snow factories to provide snow on some pistes, so this season, for the first time, Scotland can offer guaranteed snow."

Walkers and climbers  are being urged to be aware of the risks of avalanche on some of the mountains in Scotland.

The Scottish Avalanche Information Service (SAIS) said high ground in the north west Highlands was expected to have the greatest amounts of snow.

See here for further details from the BBC

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