It Just Keeps Snowing
Posted by on Wednesday, January 06, 2010
Normally around this time of year I'm watching the snow reports for whatever resort I'm planning on visiting. Right now, I'm watching the snow locally - it doesn't seem to want to stop.
I think I mentioned it back on the 20th December, last year. Since then, there's continually been snow on the ground. This rarely happens in the UK. I can't remember the last time there's been snow like this, ever.
It hasn't been piling up mind. Probably not more than 3" - 4" at anyone time. But the difference has been the temperature. It's been cold enough to keep the snow and ice hanging around. This morning I'm sure there was a good 4" of fresh snow.
Over Christmas and New Year we had quite a bit going on - not much spare time. But I'm starting to think now that I owe it to myself to get on my snowboard somewhere on UK soil.
I have shredded in Scotland once before. That's not really an option at the moment due to time and cash, and I'm still not certain I really want to go to one of their resorts again. That said, inspired by an article in Whitelines, I would like to try getting a guide and heading in to the backcountry, but that will be a future adventure I think.
There are some fairly local options. Hills that have rope lifts. Never been to one of those, but I'm sure they're fun, to a point. And fresh snow is almost always good :)
Just this evening, Mike sent me this link to Allenheads. They're reporting 60-70cm of new snow, and advising visitors to bring their own shovels to dig out a parking space! If I get a few things sorted, I'd like to try something this weekend, providing the weather's still good enough for snow, but not so good that we couldn't get there.
And that aside, I'm sure there are plenty of UK jibbbers looking for urban sessions. It's never been something I've really tried before, but I reckon I'd still have loads of fun finding a rail to slide...
I should have had my camera with me today; if the weather continues like this I'll take it with me and post some pictures. Driving to work this morning was like driving in a french resort. If only there'd been somewhere to stop for a decent pastry and a hot chocolate; Greggs just didn't seem like the real thing :)
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Make sure you get there early mate, last time they ran the tow 200-300 people turned up and it got a little ugly i think, 30 mins wait.
You could always hike!
Oh and go in from a69 then go via brampton both other access roads are closed.
Gavin Hope said:
Yeah that's a good point. That's the problem with snow in the UK - once we get some, everyone rushes to it!
Ah, jealous. It's only just started snowing again in BC and it's not dumping much before weekends anymore. Boo to working 9-5!
Gavin Hope said:
9-5 just doesn't seem right sometimes does it. Hope that snow starts getting in gear. I've got family and friends heading out to Whistler at the weekend, so hopefully they'll get plenty of fresh :)