The new chairlift on the Tiger is came along nicely at the start of the season but because we needed a day of flying stuff up on to the steep, things have got a bit behind schedule. The annual get together for a bit of pre season training and team bonding went ahead on Sunday 13th Dec with the usual mix of banter and reminder of things that need to be done. Jock our Australian patroller was going to return but had an offer from Val D’Isere at the last minute so that decision didnt take long !!!!
Glenshee had a very busy and productive half term with mixed weather and snow conditions and the busiest day of the season with Thursday 18th February seeing just under 3000 skiers on the hill. Injuries have fortunately been been quite low, with usual varied Shoulder, knee and a couple of lower back injuries. A couple of the old boy patrollers have injured themselves too…. keep stretching boys!! Variable snow conditions brought some very strong winds at times, with drifting snow as well as beautiful days. Piste management was essential to review day to day due to the changeable conditions under foot. Avalanche reviews were necessary on Glas Maol and our great relationship with Paul Noble from SAIS has kept us informed of conditions out of bounds areas as well as inbounds. The Conditions improved greatly considering we were shut at the end of January due to so much rain and warm weather… Glenshee was fully operational with every run on the hill having complete snow cover and open and every Ski Tow/Chairlift running with the exception of the New Tiger Chair (soon to be commissioned and operational), and Carn Aosda Tow that require greater maintenance after the season has finished)
A few rookies coming for shadowing work following this years Training at Glenmore Lodge, all of whom are putting their training in practice.
Written by Andy Cuthill and Kate Hunter.
Photos provided by Andy Cuthill