After the superdry Summer we had this year, October and November have thankfully been more normal in precipitations. With the drop in temperatures towards the end of November we even got a certain amount of snow. Nothing like the Alps or Pyrenees, where there has been record snowfall for November in some places, but up to 30-40cm fell in the mountains of Guadarrama..which is not bad at all if you compare to some recent years.
Of course people had their skis out barely had the first flakes settled on the floor. But the 10-15cm deposited on the ground at 1800-1900m didn’t exactly make for great skiing. In fact even much higher up on South and East facing slopes there wasn’t a lot of snow. The SouthEast winds driving the precipitation – known in the Peninsula as gota fria – left greater accumulations on North and West facing terrain, which is not very typical locally. Anyway my son got his boards out and had his first day of ‘skinning’ (walking uphill with climbing skins attached to the base of your ski).
Unfortunately, as so often in Guadarrama, this early snow was followed up by days of mild temps, pissing mist..and this last Sunday (04 Dec) a downpour of very liquid precip right up to the tops of the mountains.
Take it as it comes, i guess!