Clashindarroch Snow Report 5 Dec 2020

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Despite yesterday's optimism, there has been a significant thaw, with overnight rain, intermittent light rain during Saturday, and more in the forecast. The snow depth has reduced to around 5cm at all levels, and the burns and ditches have been running full of meltwater. Nonetheless, after a short walk in, it was possible to ski continuously today along the Main Drag with only occasional resort to the verge (e.g. the right-hand rushy verge of Telemark Twist), up Highland Fling, and back over the Haute Route to the top of Short Cut. Heading from there towards the phone mast, the cover was variable with some stretches having as much as 8cm and some unusually lacking in snow, due to the wind direction when the snow fell. With temperatures as high as 5 degrees, the skiing was slow due to the thaw conditions. This assisted a cautious descent of the upper part of Leids Leap with only an occasional scrape, but towards Deer Track it became a slushfest, this continuing down Deer Track itself. Among the trails which cannot be recommended because of the conditions are Range Way, Short Cut and the descent at the start of Normans Way. Unless there is an unexpected frost, the prospects for Sunday do not look ideal. Some snow should be available for those keen enough to look for it -- but not a day for new skis.

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