SCOTLAND SKI SAFARI
19th March 2019 | Rod Frazer, The Highlands, Scotland
Last modified on November 13th, 2019
Our Scotland reporter takes in 3 resorts in a 3 day safari – Cairngorm, Glenshee and the Lecht as winter fianlly gets under way. UPDATED
Last week saw some colder weather and good build up of snow in all five Scottish ski resorts.
It’s been a challenging winter for the resorts, so this new snow is obviously very welcome for both the ski companies and local economies.
Firstly Cairngorm Mountain.
The hill had good snow cover on most of the main runs, with frequent heavy snow showers and drifting topping things up.
Considering it was the weekend, the lift queues were almost non existent; this is probably as a result of the misconception that the closure of the funicular railway means there’s no skiing available.
In reality, most of the main runs had great snow cover on Saturday.
Sunday saw us head off to Glenshee.
Great to ski the Cairnwell side of the hill almost fully open.
Amazing to see how Glenshee ski area can get up and running staffing ski hire, cafes and bars, lifts, ticket offices, ski patrol and ski school etc at short notice.
Great vibe on the hill and a can-do Scottish attitude, despite some brutal snow showers blowing through on a strong northerly.
However in between there were a lot of patches of blue skies and great riding to be had when the vis’ perked up.
We decided to grab some accommodation nearby as the forecast for Monday was looking excellent.
Woke up to blue skies and no wind.
Grabbed some porridge and then got on the first lift.
The groomers had been out early, so we skied plenty of fantastic courdouroy on piste, and a fair bit of windblown powder pockets to be had off the sides.
The Cairnwell chair provided a great turnaround on the unpisted Tiger (one of Glenshees black runs) and Butcharts Access took skiers up to some great cruisey motorway pistes.
Carn Aosda was in the process of opening up, but as this was a safari, we headed off on ‘The Snow Roads’ at lunchtime over to the Lecht.
The sun was still shining and we enjoyed some beautiful cruising on the blues.
With the usual abundant mountain hares and red grouse, wildlife spotting from the uplift is always part of the fun here.
Sadly the forecast is for warm airflows returning back to Scotland.
However Glencoe have had so much snow that they will be staging the annual Coe Cup freeride competition on the 23rd March, on the Flypaper which filled in nicely last week.
Keep an eye out for other events…
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