A drive , a walk and a Cross country ski at Glenmore.

I was offered a wander to the Cairngorms to have a walk and see how the snow had settled and even better a lift no driving for me. It was not an early start as the roads are fairly bad and we wanted the ploughs to do their stuff. I was going with my pal Natasha who promised she would wait for me on the hill if we got there. Natasha in her wisdom decided to go via Inverness as the Dava Moor would be wild and not gritted she was so right and never even scared me with her driving on the snowy roads with the essential snow tyres.. The Slocht summit at 405 metres was a bit interesting but it was the correct choice and we were soon in a snowy Aviemore. We may have seen an Eagle on the journey but I am a nervous passenger and just saw it to busy being worried about the roads but Natasha was a safe and able driver.

Stunning weather with so much snow and no wind a magical place.

Natasha and the stunning weather with so much snow and no wind a magical place.

It was pretty snowy and the hills were covered with mist yet there was no wind, time was moving on so we packed at a busy Glenmore and decided to go for a low-level walk round the forest and maybe meet up with a pal Bab’s who was cross-country skiing.  The cloud was still down and the for us the high tops with no views and deep snow was a simple decision. It was busy as expected around Glenmore but as soon as we moved away into the forest trails it was so quite and the trees were full of snow, what a scene. There was a dull light but everything looked so fresh and the snow made everything so beautiful.

The trees loaded with snow and no wind in the dull light but very specail.

The trees loaded with snow and no wind in the dull light but very special.

It was a short but fun walk and how I wished we had cross-country skis with us but we had a message from Babs and she would meet us for a coffee later in the visitor centre at Glenmore. There were few folk on the tracks and trails in the forest on our walk and a others on skis but it was so Canadian on the trails and soon time for coffee and meet Bab’s.

The girls at my ski school, lessons available.

The girls at my ski school, lessons available.

The cafe was busy and the service great and we were soon out as Bab’s had a spare pair of cross – country skis and boots so they went of the to busy Glenmore for a bit of fun. The boots were to small for me but I was envious of them. The place was busy and so many kids out it was a joy to see and the day was brightening up. The dull sky was gone and the sun was coming out the hills were clearing. There were families,sledges and snowmen all over and how I wished Lexi and Ellie Skye were here to enjoy it.  One day.


The girls had a sort out and some fun and I wish I had some cross-country skis I had a set and boots but “donated” then to the team before I left the RAF, maybe look at some new ones as what a way to spend a day in the snow when the high hills are out.  Looking for size 44 boots and skis for a midget? I hear they do a good deal at some of the shops in Aviemore?

It was an easy drive back across a cleared Dava Moor road looking great and the sun was out and good to be home before darkness. Thanks To Natasha and Bab’s for a fun but short day and great to be out in the hills again.

Sun comes out on the way home!

Sun comes out on the way home! Sorry for scratching the car Natasha with my ice axe! Old daftie.

About heavywhalley.MBE

After dinner speaker Lecturer and Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 36 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 4 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer and loves the wild places.
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4 Responses to A drive , a walk and a Cross country ski at Glenmore.

  1. John Macleod says:

    Looks like you had a ball Hevs. Jealous that you have such a winter wonderland on your door step. No snow down here in Fife 😦

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  2. Aye, I’ve been tempted with the cross-country skis myself – especially trying (and failing) to get out to Corrour on Saturday. Skis would have been the job.

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