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Winter conditions expected soon at Pico Veleta

The first snow at Pico Veleta is expected soon (and even hoped for by many people in Granada). After cancellation of the ski world championship in the Sierra Nevada in February 1995 (because of lack of snow), the skiing company is convinced that this winter we will see lots of snow (the world championship is now scheduled for February 1996). If we believe this, it could mean that during the transition period regular transport in time to the telescope may be difficult (as is the case every year), and during winter conditions the transport cannot be as flexible as during summer. We ask observers to take this into account when planning their trips to the 30m telescope, and allow for delay in the transport to and from the telescope. The following table gives the transport times when the ratrac is used (i.e. when the Sierra Nevada is covered by snow):

Transport to and from the 30m telescope: Winter schedule (typically Nov -- May, depending on snow conditions).

Person transport (morning hours) may be available after contact and agreement with IRAM Granada (Javier Lobato).

Wolfgang WILD