After almost two weeks of weather forecasts predicting seriously cold temperatures (-4º to -5ºC) in Cercedilla, the weather guys finally got it right (the crystal ball began to work?) and temps which had stubbornly remained at around 0ºC or -1º finally dropped..to -5.3º on Wednesday morning and around -4ºC the last couple of days. It has indeed been colder higher up thru these last two weeks, registering as low as -7º and -8ºC in Cotos, and most days around -5º. As a result of these low temps and the lack of new precipitation – a miserly 2cm the other day – snow conditions have not changed much in the mountains.
Curiously this means that the snow which fell almost two weeks ago has been conserved intact, even remaining stuck to the trees ten days on..and generally giving an appearance of deep Winter, and attracting lots of people to play on the white slopes, getting their sleds and even their skis out. Sadly, far from deep, the shallow cover left by the little snow that fell two weeks back – 20-25cm at most – is too minimal for any kind of serious skiing. Result is lots of peeps cleaning rocks with their ski bases. I too logged my first day of sliding around on boards this week but they were those very skinny boards used for Nordic ski, as there is just about enough snow on the Nordic circuit of La Pradera in Cotos.
Seems like Saturday might bring a little more snow, but i wouldn’t be expecting anything significant. Patience..i guess, as always in Guadarrama.