Managed to fit in an early skate this morning at the Lower Manorburn. Was surprised to see the thickness of the ice since Saturday. Over 100mm right in Rush Cutters down to about 40-50mm on the other side of the main basin, thinning out to water as you head up to the neck. Surface was bumpy in places because of the snow but if you picked your spots some good skating was possible. Ice was hard and silent. Had fun just cruising the good bits and skated up towards the neck on a thick ice shelf - care needed to keep in the shady areas!
A bit of rubbish and broken on the ice from visitors and the wind. Forgot my ice stick so had to drill a bit more than usual.