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Snow Patches on Mediterranean islands
Date Posted: 21.35hrs on Sun 12 Apr 15
I was quite impressed to see two large patches in the large north-facing gully on Mallorca's highest peak, Puig Major. The peak is 1485m, the patches were at about 1300.

Any other unlikely snow patches spotted around the world this spring?

Mike_w


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Re: Snow Patches on Mediterranean islands
Date Posted: 11.27hrs on Tue 14 Apr 15
There are old caves up the 2nd highest summit that were used to store ice.

jelly2


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Re: Snow Patches on Mediterranean islands
Date Posted: 18.14hrs on Wed 15 Apr 15
Vaguely on-topic - while skiing in Italy last week :-)
there was a guy with a ski-etna jacket on. This med. island
seems to have more than a patch available for those that like
to ski volcanoes..
[www.funiviaetna.com]

jabuzzard


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Re: Snow Patches on Mediterranean islands
Date Posted: 15.27hrs on Thu 16 Apr 15

Crete I believe has a ski resort, and this picture from 9th May shows significant snow on Mount Ida.

[commons.wikimedia.org]tongue sticking out smileysiloritis3(js).jpg

Plenty of videos on ski touring in Crete on YouTube. Then there is Troodos in Cyprus, still showing plenty of snow on their webcam, though I guess the resort is closed for skiing.

[www.skicyprus.com]

edog2009


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Re: Snow Patches on Mediterranean islands
Date Posted: 18.39hrs on Sun 19 Apr 15
I will be climbing Mount Ida (Psiloritis) on Crete in a few weeks time, I'll be sure to look out for snowpatches.

For anyone interested in ice caves and snowpatches around the world, I wrote a couple of entrries on my blog about this a few years ago:

[www.edwardboyle.com]
[www.edwardboyle.com]

I didn't know about the ice caves and snowpatches on Mallorca!

edog2009


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Re: Snow Patches on Mediterranean islands
Date Posted: 16.35hrs on Sun 17 May 15
As per my last posting I visited Mount Psiloritis on Crete last week. I didn't manage to walk to the summit (2456m), as it turned out to be a more ambitious trip than I expected due to the remaining snow (and also the fairly serious drive to the mountain from the coast). I did walk up to an altitude of about 1500m on its eastern flanks though, to a feature called the Idaean cave.

I found it quite surprising to find so much snow on the mountain in mid-May given its low latitude of 35N (first photograph), and the size of the snowpatch I encountered at the mouth of the cave at the relatively low altitude of 1500m was unexpected (second photograph).

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Brozo


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Re: Snow Patches on Mediterranean islands
Date Posted: 03.43hrs on Mon 18 May 15


SussexSnow


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Re: Snow Patches on Mediterranean islands
Date Posted: 06.58hrs on Mon 18 May 15
I flew into Instabul's GOckin airport, on the Asian side. The route in goes past the mountain just south of Bursa. Plenty in the top basin. There is a small resort there, weekender type.
I guess it is slightly north of Crete

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