This year, we had a successful winter meet in Aviemore, that stretched over two weekends. Whilst winter conditions on the West coast are great when they get them, they are much more reliable on the East side, so I think it's a safer bet when looking for snow and ice.
I am planning to caravan at High Range, Aviemore with the kids for the week in Feb 2010, as it is half-term up here, so would be available to walk/climb both weekends, and also in the week. Folks can do as many days as they like this way.
Whilst the 'all in one place' format works well when there are facilities that can take us, I am yet to find anywhere sufficiently close to the town to be convenient. So I thought maybe we could follow last year's less organised format, where we arrange our own accommodation, but meet up for meals, evenings and walks/climbs?
Personally, I feel tent camping in Feb is only really doable for a couple of days, as your gear gets damp etc, and a warm, dry haven to get kit sorted makes it a more enjoyable experience. That said, I wouldn't mind a snow-holing or bothy trip for one night.......
Places to stay could be Aviemore SYHA, High Range chalets, Pinebank Chalets (excellent, have stayed twice, and reasonable if you fill them), Aviemore Bunkhouse etc. If you don't mind being out of town, there is plenty more, but it makes having a drink a pain.
I would be planning on walks or climbs of varying lengths/difficulties depending on who came, in the Cairngorms, the Monadhliath and Creag Meagaidh, as well as around Glenmore itself.
If we get lucky with the weather, it is a winter wonderland. If not, it's wild, raw Scottish conditions at their best.
What say you?
4429, that's my number.