BLUEBIRD DAY IN SCOTLAND
15th March 2020 | Rod Frazer, Cairngorms
Last modified on April 15th, 2020
While European ski areas were in turmoil over Coronovirus last Friday, our Scotland reporter Rod Frazer who lives in the Cairngorm National Park was enjoying the spoils of fresh powder snow.
Before we hear about his day out on snow last week here’s an update.
He’s been on the slopes of Cairngorm with his partner, Diane:
So, what about last week…..
Scottish skiers were well excited all week about the forecast for Friday.
The forecast said midweek snow and bluebird on Friday, so we headed west, and were not disappointed!
First we went to Glencoe.
Blue skies, hardly a breath of wind and a truly massive accumulation of fresh snow!
We got plenty of wind-blown freshies all over the hill, the atmosphere was great with both locals and tourists – it’s the closest resort to Glasgow so plenty of folk taking a day off – having a blast.
It was hard to leave, but we wanted to hit Nevis Range too on the way home.
And we’re glad we did.
The snow here was also amazing, with massively wide open expanses to ski as so many of the snow fences were simply buried in snow and have completely disappeared!
It was really chilled – no lift queues, and a few very happy groups looping around the back corries.
With this accumulation of snow, even if it warms up a bit, it still bodes well for some good Easter skiing.
Yesterday again we were chatting to folk on the hill that were meant to be skiing in Europe this week.
We’ve met quite a few now and it’s great that they were able to enjoy such good conditions closer to home.
Although the west has had the heaviest snow falls, there is also excellent skiing to be had in the Cairngorms.
Cairngorm Mountain and Glenshee both reporting fantastic corduroy and a bit of fresh off the sides.
Glenshee are planning to open 17 lifts on today (Saturday) which should help cope with the undoubted demand from skiers heading north this weekend.
The Lecht is up and running as well, albeit with thinner snow cover in places – as always still a top choice for beginner skiers.
Forecast this week is for fluctuating temperatures, probably not much in the way of fresh snow, but equally not so warm as to lose too much of what we have on the hill.
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Scottish resorts were taking measures against the coronavirus, as well as the hand gel, there were a couple of other things we noticed
At Nevis Range it was credit cards only, no cash, to avoid unnecessary handling.
Cairngorm re-opened a couple of cafes for picnicking, and asked folk to stagger their picnic times, to reduce the number of people congregating indoors.
Dianne and Rod Frazer have built a selection of self catered properties with you in mind.
Plan your ideal getaway in the heart of the Cairngorm National Park, where stags roar! www.wherestagsroar.co.uk
All Photographs by Dianne Frazer.