Very cold with snow showers

16th January 2015

Summit temperatures as low as minus 9 today, improved visibility and a variable snowpack.

Poor visibility  in snow showers, strong winds on the ridges

Poor visibility in snow showers, strong winds on the ridges

Drifting snow

Very cold with drifting snow

Deep windslab in cross loaded areas

Deep windslab in cross loaded areas

Comments on this post

  • David J Elliott
    17th January 2015 5:36 am

    From Victoria BC Canada
    I enjoy your reports. I first Skied Cairngorm in 1959 when we walked up from the loch, the road was not open. I then skied annually so saw the first lifts open. I about February 1963 I recall walking from the zig zags on the old road up to the shieling in a blizzard with about 6 behind me, the road was under 15ft of snow. In 1965 I spent much of the later season working for Frith Finlayson at Ecosse Ski in the workshop and skiing/patrolling the hill. In 1966 I came to Canada and skied and patrolled here being in the Canadian Ski Patrol as a volunteer. So I learnt something about avalanches.
    I am a little amused at the very cold. its all relative, the coldest I have skied in is -25C and the coldest I have know was a night temperature of -45C in northern BC. However tis was without the wind. To go up the hill daily shows dedication, keep it up.

    • ncairngormsadmin
      4th March 2015 5:50 pm

      Thanks David for your post – its great to hear that you keep in touch with the Scottish hills through our blogs – Yes cold is all relative of course – and likewise I have experienced -45 in the arctic too – but here as you know its the wind so it all adds up – thanks for your support from Canada
      all the best
      mark

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