Similar to the same time last year, the last few days have brought snow and gale force winds. The difference? Last year we didn't have any snowfence on Lowther Hill, the wind scoured the snow off the slope and we were not able to open. Now, thanks to the first lines of basic snowfences that we built in the late Autumn 2016, we got enough snow to open Lowther Hill for our die-hard members. But running the tow in winds of up to 50mph with a windchill of -10°C is not for the fainthearted...
Lowther Hill has seen a mix of snow and rain over the past days but this week's forecast suggests that the weather is finally getting colder! A proper snowfall is still needed. Ski Club members will receive further updates as soon as we have enough snow to run the tows.
Here's a wee dusting of snow today in Scotland's highest villages, but more is needed to open the tows. Next week we will have some frost and light rain. Winter has not really reached Scotland this season yet; persistent blocking has stopped the Atlantic storms which usually fill the snow fences in January. In the meantime, let's keep an eye on the weather forecast and the webcams.
Better conditions than expected at the Nursery slope tonight, beautiful night skiing under a full moon sky. Ski Club members will receive further updates regarding opening times pending on snow conditions and availability of volunteers.
Here's a picture of Wanlockhead and Lowther Hill today, 26th December, under a thin dusting of snow. It looks like we have survived Storm Barbara and Storm Conor with no major weather damage. The weather forecast looks unsettled until the New Year, as it has been the case over the past two seasons (in 2015/16 we opened for the first time on Friday 8th January and in 2014/15 we opened on Sunday 11th January. Please remember to get your 2016/17 membership now before the snow arrives (bear in mind how busy our volunteers are when they are running the tows!)
Another late Autumn snowfall in Scotland's highest villages. Not enough to run the tows, but not long to go either!
Good morning from Scotland's highest villages. Here is the first snowfall of the 2016/17 season!
Light snowfalls have been coming and going over the past weeks as it usually happens at this time of the season. Here's possibly the last snowfall of the season on Lowther Hill. Thanks everybody for your support and we look forward to another successful season next winter!
It's been nice on the hill for hillwalkers on the Southern Upland Way, sunny and cold with a dusting over 600m / 1950ft, but not enough for skiing. There may be more snow touching the south of Scotland next week. Members will receive further updates if there is any prospect of running the tows.
Sleet, snow and rain forecast for the weekend. Only some snow patches left at present on the hills. Members will receive further updates as soon as the conditions improve.
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.
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