Saturday 4th January 2014
The new year sadly doesn’t seem to have brought with it a change in the weather patterns – mountain forecasts are still showing us day after day of fiercely strong winds with only occasional brief calm spells every now and then. So even though the forecast for Saturday mentioned abysmal visibility, the absence of excessive winds meant we had to go and make the most of it…
Daniela, Katie, Hazel and myself met up at Glenshee equipped for either touring or downhill skiing but it seemed the forecast was right about the visibility so we opted to get lift passes and spend most of the day on the pistes.
The cloud base did lift slightly for a period so whilst we didn’t fancy going right up into the clag, we made the most of it by skiing down into Coire Fionn , feeling our way down through the mist, before skinning up into Glas Coire before heading back into the lift served area. (The Glas Maol and Coire Fionn lifts were closed to derailments and storm damage so we had this vast unbroken snowfield all to ourselves!)
Fingers crossed for more snow, less wind, and more settled weather soon!
- Jon Bowyer