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Severe snowstorms have once again dumped it down in Scotland. Only a few runs are open at the resorts as they once again dig themselves out. It bodes well for the Easter holiday break. It's been quite a winter and it is not over yet.

All of Scotland's ski areas have received yet more snow, though it was accompanied by high winds.

Cairngorm now has limited skiing at the resort according to a statement on its web site.

"We are opening for limited snowsports at 11: 00. With the Fiacaill Ridge poma, Coire Cas t-bar and Car Park t-bar running. All other uplift is being dug out due to unprecedented amount of snowfall in the last 48 hours. Limited car parking spaces in the top car park only. Two way traffic on the down road."

Both Glencoe and Glenshee are open today, Thursday, and report that the runs that are open are in superb condition.

The Nevis Range was the only resort able to open on Wednesday, albeit partially.

Snow has affected the gondola at the top station at The Nevis Range and it was snowing in the car park at 100m with lots of drifting up on the hill.

"We've already started grooming today, nothing groomed yesterday as we were storm bound, so there will be many fresh tracks to be had,"  said Heather Negus, the marketing director of the Nevis Range.

Negus sent us the photo below from out of the office window. Snow is falling across the hill.

Wednesday afternoon at the Nevis RangeWednesday afternoon at the Nevis Range

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"You would not want to be out up there in those conditions with snow coming in at 60mph," says an email we  received at PlanetSKI from the Managing Director of The Lecht, Pieter du Pon.

"It's difficult getting information out as our internet connection goes via a satellite, which in a storm like this the dish gets buried as well. All good fun in running a ski centre!"

However the weather reports on the radio are saying the road from Cockbridge to Tomintoul is closed and local skiers/ boarders will know what that means.

There must be good snow falling.

The Lecht though remains closed, as it is still being hit by strong winds, and the access road is blocked by the snow.

The web camera pictures below are from the Glencoe web site and come courtesy of Winterhighland, a great web site about all things to do with skiing in Scotland.

It has the latest weather  information.

glencoe_1_400Bottom of access chair, 1,000ft

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top of access chair, 2,200ftTop of access chair, 2,200ft

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The severe weather had also brought chaos to some areas of Scotland and tragically a 17-year old girl has died in a coach accident according to this story on the BBC.

The winds across Scotland have died down and the resorts are hoping the weekend will be good.

The skiing in Scotland is most definitely not over yet.

Mickey, from The Nevis Range, has just sent us the photo below that was taken on Wednesday morning.

Note the snow inside the building.

Inside top station of Nevis gondola, note the snow insideInside top station of Nevis gondola

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We will bring you some more photos of the snow later today so do check back.

In the meantime check out some picture of the Scottish winter in The Photos of the week on the home page.

For a look at how the winter has been going in Scotland, with a video interview from the Lecht and a video about skiing in Cairngorm, see this related feature that we have just put up on PlanetSKI.

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