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First snow of winter

First snow of winter

Well here it is, the beginning of December and the first snow has arrived, causing much excitement on Twitter and, and, well not much else. The gritters have been out and the Sunday morning traffic is moving normally. It is more like a normal winter, although we have just have the warmest November on record with hardly a sign of frost. As I write, I can see Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus) growing out of doors untouched by frost. All this is…

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Ski touring Arthur’s Seat

Ski touring Arthur’s Seat

Having previously taken a low level tour of Holyrood Park, we felt it was time to take a high level tour. It was mid afternoon before we set out, about 14:00 (the dark comes early at this time of year). Walking the skis to Holyrood Park and entering by the west gate, we crossed the road above the roundabout and put on the skis, then skied across to the now well pisted sledging area. From there we wanted to continue…

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Heavy Snow

Heavy Snow

The news on the BBC has been dominated by stories about “heavy snow” affecting England and Wales. Apparently snow fall of up to 15cm (yes a whole 15cm!!) have brought large parts of England to a grinding halt. Why? When I hear of “heavy snow” I think back to winters past. In February 2001 I got up one morning to find there had been a blizzard overnight and there was 1m of snow lying outside. At that time I was…

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Frustrated skier

Frustrated skier

If you go to the Austrian Tyrol in the middle of January for a spot of skiing, you kind of expect (or at least hope for) some snow, but not this year. As we flew in over the Alps on a clear sunny day, the view from the aircraft window was alarming, where was all the snow? It looked more like March than January, the north sides of the mountains only had patchy snow cover and the south faces were…

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Winter is here!

Winter is here!

This morning I got a sign that winters here, it wasn’t a frosty chill in the air (it is worryingly mild at present), it wasn’t the dark morning (I was a wee bit late in getting up), it was the arrival of the Braemar & Cairngorm Mountain Sports winter catalogue (well that and Ulli sending the first ski race results of the season)! At is the time of year when my mind turns to thoughts of the white stuff and…

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