If the weather forecast is right, it looks like we could have some snow at village level this weekend. We are currently getting ready the nursery slope and trying to ensure there'll be volunteers available to run the tows. Members will receive further updates before the weekend.
Happy new year from Scotland's highest villages. Here's a photo taken from the Southern Upland Way at Duntercleuch, showing a thin dusting of snow at Wanlockhead and a bit more on Lowther Hill, but still not enough to operate the tows.
Here's a picture of Lowther Hill today, 25th December, Christmas Day, with a thin dusting of snow. There has been very little significant snowfall in Scotland this season so far, with plenty of storms, rain, and very mild temperatures for this time of the year. Still, we thought you would like to see some of the snow we had in Scotland's highest villages up until now.
The snow is briefly back on Lowther Hill and now you can watch it online thanks to the webcams you paid for.
Wanlockhead and Lowther Hill this morning. The snow has been coming and going over the past week. More snow still needed to run the tows.
Throw Rig still has a 600 metre-long, c-shaped snow patch, but more snow is needed to run the tow.
There are still some large snow patches on Lowther Hill despite the rain and heavy thaw of the past week. Snow showers are forecast for the weekend but more is needed to run the tows.
A fantastic day on Lowther Hill today with plenty of sun and snow. Watch Lowther Hills Ski Club members Ross Dolder, Tim Mullens and Ed Forrest skiing the Throw Rig piste (710m - 585m). The weather is going to be mild and wet over the next days. We are not planning to run tows for the remainder of the week.
The great conditions we had during mid-week were followed by a heavy thaw, but the snow fencing we installed a couple of weeks ago allowed us to open the weekend (video by Des Reid). New snow is expected next week, members will receive an update by email on Monday.
Today, enjoying the sunny powder on Lowther Hill. Tomorrow Sunday: strong winds expected, we have decided not to run the tows. We'll assess conditions on Monday and may consider opening during the week if volunteers are available.
Steady thaw in the South of Scotland, most of the snow has gone from the villages and Lowther Hill. Facilities closed, waiting for more snow to arrive. Here is a video of conditions at the Shortcleuch Gully on Sunday 8th before the thaw:
Our dedicated volunteers have kept the Leadhills nursery area open since Thursday last week. There is no more snow forecast for this week, so make the most of the current conditions while they last! Here is a video showing the fantastic conditions we enjoyed at the nursery area last Sunday: