18/1/16: Had my first tour of the year on Sunday with Remy. We skied from Glenshee and did the classic Glas Maol, Cairn of Claise and Cairn a'Tuirc traverse. Visibility in the morning was very poor, but snow conditions good making for fast progress. We reached Carn a'Tuirc at midday just as the sun was beginning to peak through. The descent down was superb, though hard work on skinny nordic kit for the first day our this season. The weather continued to clear so we stopped for a bit to eat and then skinned back up for another run. Lots of other people on the hill, and met Andy Mac and Tom, which was great. Snow cover to the south of Glenshee was a bit disappointing with no cover from the Spittal up to half way up the road. Cover looked better to the North.
20/4/15: Alasdair, David and I are just back from a week ski touring in the Alps. We had fantastic weather, and Alasdair and I skied the Grand Paradiso in perfect late season conditions. I'll be writing and article about it later, but in the meantime, I've put some photos of the trip here.
13/2/15: I was originally planning to ski in the Monadhliath today, but when I got to the carpark it was obvious that it would be quite a carry to the snowline, so I headed up to Cairngorm instead to ski over to Lurcher's Gully. To make up for lost time I purchased a Ski Mountaineering ticket which allowed me to take two pomas to the top station - a good deal at £10. to save about an hour of skinning Unfortunately visibility was very poor - map and compass work until I was in Lurcher's Gully itself, with a small detour into the Lairig Ghru. Still, a decent amount of skiing (1464m overall).
12/2/15: David skied at Glenshee today, and reported firm snow and a lot of scouring of the ridges. However, the slopes to north of the estate road heading NW from the Spittal looked quite well covered.
2/2/15: Skied Coulter Fell in the Borders on Friday. Snow down to road level, though it was quite thin higher up and the only depth was on some east-facing aspects. Still, a great opportunity to ski so close to Edinburgh, and 850m of skiing.
20/1/15: Brian and Susan had a great bluebird day at Drummochtar over the weekend. From the SAIS and various other reports, it's clear that the storms have scoured the tops, and snow conditions are very variable depending on local aspect and altitude.
15/1/15: A lot of snow has fallen over the last couple of days, but there's also been a lot of wind, which looks set to continue over the weekend. Alasdair has been up North for the last couple of weeks on guide training. I'm hoping to get out on Friday to do some low-level skiing - going up high is going to be awfully windy.