Valdemartín times three in the day

Day after day of bright sunshine in central Spain. Practically no significant precipitation since mid-December. We continue to have pretty weird snow conditions in the Sierra de Guadarrama. On the North-facing slopes it looks like a normal Winter scenario, as you can see in the photo below..

Heading for Valdemartín

Heading for Valdemartín

..but some areas facing South and East – where you would normally expect to find the biggest accumulations – have virtually no snow at all. The South and East faces of Peñalara for example. Or the SE slopes of Cabezas de Hierro as seen in the next shot..

Looking SE from the top of Escalerón, towards Sierra del Francés and La Pedriza.

Looking SE from the top of Escalerón, towards Sierra del Francés and La Pedriza..and, beyond, a wondrous sea of cloud.

I have skied down into this remote valley many times..but it’s totally dry for the moment. Maybe the amazing sea of cloud over the southern meseta was meant to compensate for the lack of snow?

Curiously the gentle slopes to the West have a modest cover of hard and compact snow and are quite skiable. Bringing us back to Cerro de Valdemartín once more, the mountain which sits between Cabezas de Hierro and Bola del Mundo..

The North of Valdemartín as seen from near Cotos. Beautiful mountain.

The North of Valdemartín as seen from near Cotos. Beautiful mountain.

..mountain which i have been up as many as three times in the day in recent weeks. Between ten and fifteen times in three weeks. A bit repetitious? Maybe.. beggars can’t be choosers i guess! At least we have some snow in some places. God knows we have seen worse in Guadarrama in mid-January..

Will the early Winter anticyclone finally back off and possibly let us have some quantity of new snow this weekend? Hope!

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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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