SkiBike Tour 2009-10 - Fresh Snow & Whiteout

Posted: Monday, 12 April 2010 by Mark Kinnon in Labels: , , ,

After days of fine weather the BBC weather site predicted that it would snow overnight, which seemed impossible as I had sat outside the hotel around 7pm the previous evening.
However it did snow, over breakfast I asked the hotel proprietor if there would be a problem getting to Arcalis. No problem, he replied, brother in law had salted the road! He also said that there would be 2" of snow, he was correct on both counts.

I arrived around 10 and spent a few hours revisiting the familiar runs but now totally transformed by the changed conditions.

Unfortunately visibility worsened in the early afternoon to the point were it was hard work seeing the piste markers. As ever one can but hope it improves your technique.

I noticed that there was quite a lot of play in the front ski, I returned to the car park to investigate further. A quick adjustment of the "bearing cups" sorted it; this was the first attention the skibike had needed in over 2 weeks on the snow. Hats off to Marin and Alpine Skibikes.

Late in the afternoon matters improved markedly enabling me to get in some slightly more enjoyable runs on fresh deep snow.