How was it today folks? Thinking of heading along tomorrow but if the queues are terrible I may give it a miss. It looked extremely busy on the cams earlier but I would be interested to know what the wait times were like.
The queues were pretty bad, I think the average for me was 15-20 minutes, but there were a few occasions longer than that. It did start to ease a bit when the Cairnwell Chair opened at 3pm. The situation wasn't helped by a mid morning power failure on the Cairnwell side which stopped all lifts, which was swiftly followed by a further long stoppage of the Cairnwell T-bar because somebody because didn't hold on to the T-Bar at the top while it was retracting and it got tangled up in the top tower.
That said, the GS staff were doing a great job of managing the queues and they kept the lifts running till 4.45 so that people could get as many runs as possible. The snow on the runs that were open was excellent and I managed to get one very enjoyable run down the Tiger later afternoon.
A few other things:
- Piste bashers were working on the Carn Aosda blue this morning, but the lift is derailed in two places and hadn't been worked on by the end of the day.
- The Caenlochan is derailed at the top 2 towers, I saw a Piste Basher up there about 1.30pm, but I think they were just having a closer look.
- MO Poma up track looks a bit wind scoured near the top, but could run with a bit of work pushing snow about.
- Butcharts Access is off because the wind demolished the lift hut, which I gather contained the electrical systems. This was being worked on through out the day, the roof was going on the new hut when I passed it late on and I'm sure I saw electrical work being done as well.
- Glas Moal looks pretty wind scoured at the top.
- Butcharts T-Bar was scheduled, but didn't run, although the runs were pisted and ready to go.
Edit: Public report here: [www.winterhighland.info
] , you can see the extent of the queues in some of my pictures.
Edited 2 times. Last edit at 20.37hrs Sat 17 Jan 15 by tim1mw.