T-for-two in Glencoe

3rd February 2011, by Chris Gill

Single skiers and boarders are being encouraged to go ski dating for Valentine’s weekend, in a specially arranged “blind date” style event at Glencoe. And with snowfall looking a rather better prospect than parts of the Alps just now, that sounds like a good plan.

It’s not actually a blind date as such, but 13 February will see single hopefuls don their smartest ski attire and take to the T-Bars to find Mr or Miss Right. Everyone taking part will get a score card to complete when they have ridden the lift with their potential partner. Each pair takes the five-minute or so ride, then will ski or board together down the resort’s Main Basin run.

Lunch for two at Glencoe isn’t exactly going to be a suave and sophisticated offering: this is the wilds of the Highlands. But you could pack your box of Milk Tray in your rucksack … just in case.

Entry costs £10, which includes a free glass of bubbly. And places are limited to 50 people, so you’ll need to sign up soon. Visit: Glencoe Mountain’s website for more details.

Over in Nevis Range, couples can also enjoy a Valentine’s special. On 14 February, the resort will host a cocktail evening up at the Snowgoose Restaurant, at the top of the gondola. If it’s a clear night, you’ll get a magical view across the Munros and Fort William, out to the west coast.

If you and your partner are already well-established, you could head over to Cairngorm Mountain and remember the good old days on the slopes: the resort is holding a retro ski wear day on 13 February. Remember when we used to wear xxx, dear? It is a fun event in the form of a retro slalom, which will be open to all ages and abilities. The event will start at noon, until 3.30pm.

Snowfall in Scotland is proving its worth again right now, with showers piling in another 10-25cm fresh snow in Glencoe. The downside is a very stormy period of weather at present. While it may be snowing in the mountains, skiing and boarding has been severely limited due to high winds. Cairngorm is closed on Thursday 3 February, with winds gusting to 100mph on the summits. Snow is falling to valley level in Aviemore.

Nevis Range reports snow improving conditions at all levels, but there too the lifts are closing in increasingly windy conditions. All the upper runs are complete, and lower runs incomplete but improving. The heavy snow showers are expected to continue into Friday. We’d like to show you … but the webcams are covered in, er, snow!

Er … there is new snow out there, promise! This is Cairngorm in the midst of a storm.

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