Scoured ridges and southern aspects mean running conditions are pretty fast underfoot in these areas but very icy... anywhere else that is not already trampled by walkers pretty slow going through drifts. Snow still not consolidated and no crust so the shins are ok :-)
Best options are tourist routes up snowdon with nice trampled paths from walkers - watch the ice on the bad step of the Llanberis path though! - the miners track from pen y pass is an absolute joy - even if just for a short blast up to Llyn Glaslyn. Moel Eilio is also a great run in the snow.
Haven't needed crampons just yet but did need my inov8 o-rocs and have defo needed the ice axe
In reply to Nomics4sale: yep - I use CAMP lightweight ski mountaineering axes - http://www.camp-usa.com/products/ice-axes/corsa.asp - I've had it for around 5 years now and its been one of my best buys - good enough for an arrest and to assist in getting up/over an easy grade obstacle - but not enough purchase to tackle hard ice though
suprisingly fast going for a run up (and very fast run down!) Moel Siabod - compact snow, little ice and only a short section of deep drifts just before the ridge and no hindrance to run down. Still no shin scraping :-)
In reply to skippyridgway:
Does anyone know what conditions are like over the Carneddau and the Glyders at the moment? I'm assuming there is still some snow around, but hopefully not enough to seriously impact upon running?
been amazing but challenging conditions running in Snowdonia this past week! Each area quite different with regard to snow/ice conditions - latest stuff on the blog (yesterday's run up Snowdon still to come...) - it's still sticking around above 700m: