Weather conditions during the last few days on the Cairngorm Mountain Ski Area has been stunning and although there is not a huge amount of the white stuff ~ the higher pistes ~ Ptarmigan Bowl, Ciste Fairway and Coire Cas have a reasonable amount of good, well pisted snow.http://www.cairngormmountain.org.
The weather system affecting the British Isles for the last six says has been coming in from the east ~ overland from Russia, bringing a biting easterly wind but very little by way of precipitation. This high pressure area, with no blanket of cloud to stop the cold falling from outer space, has produced the heavy frosts but gifted us beautifully clear starry nights and, although bitterly cold, lovely, sunny blue-sky days.
Brisk north-easterly winds on Cairngorm brought temperatures on Wednesday down to minus 25 degrees ~ skiers and climbers were in definite need of many layers of thermals topped with warm, wind-proof jackets, hats and gloves! Thursday was a day of less wind ~ still blue skies and sunshine ~ described by some experienced skiers and mountaineers as 'positively Alpine'. Tomorrow I am back on Cairngorm working with a group of eight skiers on their three yearly Alpine Ski Leader (ASL) Refresher course, required to keep their Snowsport Scotland ASL award valid. http://www.snowsportscotland.org.
Over the weekend ~ I will be delivering a 2-day outdoor first aid course for a small group here at The Beeches Training studio. http://www.thebeechesnewtonmore.com. There are still places remaining on this course. However, course 8th & 9th March is now fully subscribed. Our first aid courses tailored for client needs, validate all outdoor NGB Awards and are suitable for the work-place. For further details of practical first aid training suitable for all log-on to http://www.outwardlymobile.com