Sun and snow, beautiful days in the mountains

After weeks of wet weather the anticyclone has made a comeback and will continue to reign over most of Spain for at least ten days. That means clear skies or little cloud, and sunshine..lots of it. Early Spring, anyone?

Top of Hermana Menor the other day, view towards La Mujer Muerta

Top of Hermana Menor the other day, view towards La Mujer Muerta

Most days it will mean “spring” conditions for snow..also known as freeze-thaw conditions, where the snow freezes at night and presents a solid crust early in the morning but then softens up as the sun begins to hit and becomes corn..excellent for ski. I was out with my son the other day and we were lucky enough to find a super creamy surface layer of perfect corn in La Hoya de Peñalara skiing down from 2100m.

Big skier and little skier with Cabezas de Hierro in the distance

Big skier and little skier with Cabezas de Hierro in the distance

Despite the dreadful flood of rain that lacerated the Sierra last week there is still a pretty good quantity of snow for early March. It’s still possible to ski down to around 1700m in many areas, for example La Hoya del Toríl which lies below the Laguna de Peñalara trail.

El Toríl, 1785m, with up to a meter of snow in places

El Toríl, 1785m, with up to a meter of snow in places

And above 2000-2100m there are, this year once again thanks to extreme weather events, enormous accumulations of snow..much more than the norm of the last decade. The East faces of Peñalara are looking really splendid.

The South-East faces of Dos Hermanas-Peñalara

The South-East faces of Dos Hermanas-Peñalara

Freeze-thaw conditions can mean that getting out early to ski doesn’t make much sense..up to midday you will only find hard frozen snow. Staying out until later in the evening is the thing..with untrammelled sunshine you now have light till after 7. And as well as soft snow you get to enjoy the wonderful evening light as the sun edges downwards in the Western sky.

Looking once again towards La Mujer Muerta from Hermana Menor, after 6 in the evening

Looking once again towards La Mujer Muerta from near the top of Hermana Menor, after 6 in the evening

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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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