Powder ski days in Guadarrama..in late May?

Yes, believe it or not, powder has been skied on May 19-20..in Sierra de Guadarrama. Almost perfect conditions were to be found in La Hoya de Peñalara these last days, following several days of snowfall since Thursday the 16th.

Cotos, the train station on the 19th of May

Cotos, the train station on the 19th of May

Even though i knew that snow had fallen i was more than a little surprised on Sunday morning to find over 30cm in the Cotos area just above 1850m..

Just above Cotos, around 1900m..isn't this January?

Just above Cotos, around 1900m..isn’t this January?

..and above 2000m where the old snow still survives this new layer of cold dry snow has made for wonderful conditions for ski. Yes, even pow ski..

Powder turns in May

Powder turns in May, in La Hoya de Peñalara

It’s not really that unusual to get snow above 2000m in May, but normally you would expect minimal quantities with temps around 0º making for humid conditions..or even alternating snow and rain. Last weekend however, temps were low – according to Venta Marcelino in Cotos the minimum temperature Sunday-Monday at 1830m was -4.7ºC with maximums over the weekend not much above zero – which means that the snow fell cold and dry ..and stayed that way for a couple of days. Powder! (..and Cold Spring Days!)

Looking down along the morraine from near the top of Hermana Menor

Looking down along the morraine from near the top of Hermana Menor

While it’s phenomenal to be able to ski in such good conditions in May..there’s the rub – it’s phenomenal, extraordinary. This Winter has already been exceptional, and Spring seems to be keen to not be outdone.. weird weather once more methinks!

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Éireannach is ea mé, i mo chonaí insan Spáinn. Rugadh mé i lár na tuaithe, ar feadh blianta bhí mé ag teitheadh uaithi, i bhfad as an tuath, ach sa deireadh d'fhill mé, ar ais go dtí an tuath.. An Irishman am I, settled in Spain. Born was I in the middle of the country, for years I ran from it, far from the country, but in the end I returned, back to the country..
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One Response to Powder ski days in Guadarrama..in late May?

  1. marcos says:

    Definitely I should´ve been there that day. I was in Cercedilla but my snowboard equipment was in Madrid. I couldn´t imagine that so much snow was going to fall in the second half of May. It´s been a very good season in the end.

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