Severe oscillations in the weather over the last week..a deluge of rain last Friday – 107mm in Cercedilla in 24 hours – threatened to wipe out the snow right up to the tops of the mountains, but several days of snowfall in the wake of all that water have put a different face on the Sierra.
It has snowed persistently in recent days with relatively low temperatures, and the result is half a metre or more of cold dry powder in the forest above 1800m. So it was necessary – really necessary – to go and check it out..
This morning my friend Mariano and i headed for Puerto de Navacerrada, amid fairly extreme weather conditions. It was blowing a real blizzard in the car-park but fortunately it was partially cleared of snow and we were able to park. The road that links Navacerrada and Cotos was not passable. So we made for the North of Siete Picos..
A day for fat skis indeed..once among the pines the wind was much less violent – even close to calm at lower elevations – and we descended several times thru el bosque, the pine forest that covers the northern slopes of Siete Picos..in truly wonderful snow conditions.
Two years ago we also found perfect snow in this area, and it lasted for weeks. Back then i didn’t think we would be seeing such conditions again for years..but the low temps forecast for the coming days are likely to preserve the white stuff in its cold and dry state.
So the forests of Valsaín are calling once more to Madrid’s powder-hounds..here it is, come and get it! Who needs Canada..when you have the wonderful wild pine woods of Guadarrama full of pow?!