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Blog for February 25th, 2017

February 25th, 2017
Winter Intro
Glencoe Mountain and Nevis Range

Saturday
High winds were forecast by the Met Office until midday and these would prevent the chair lift running so it was a leisurely 10:00 start in the cafe doing theory

By 11:30 the clients were ready to go and wanted to walk up rather than wait 30 minutes. As we were walking up the chair lift started so the forecast was accurate
Rainbow at Glencoe Ski Centre
Previous Day
Plenty of snow on Friday but overnight temperatures and heavy rainfall removed most of the snow
Empty ski runs and lots of snow on Friday
Looking down at ski runs on Saturday
Benji getting ready to entertain
Benji doing tricks at lunchtime
Large snow patches above ski area on Meall a' Bhuiridh
Approaching top of Meall a' Bhuiridh
Benji with 4 legs making it look easy on the descent
Blue skies behind Meall a' Bhuiridh
Wildlife
Ptarmigan and hare, both in their winter colours, spotted
Ptarmigan in winter plumage
Hill lacking snow below ski area
Sunday
Lighter winds on Sunday but a short delay before the gondola opened due to gusting. Another chance to start in a cafe and do some more theory

There was only one drag lift open so we went towards Aonach Mor where all the chair lifts were closed. As a result, we had the whole area to ourselves and only saw a couple of ski patrollers ski touring
Clients with whole of Nevis ski range to themselves