A clear morning

26th January 2021

Covid -19
The Scottish Avalanche Information Service issues information to support permitted activity under current Scottish Government guidance.
Please be aware of current mandatory travel restrictions in Local Authority areas within Scotland and respect local communities by referring to Scottish Government guidance and safe route choices for exercise. For further guidance please refer to the following information for hillwalkers and climbers and snowsports on ski and board.
This blog is intended to provide hazard and mountain condition information to help plan safer mountain trips.
A clear morning before hill fog from the South rolled in over the summits.  Light winds increased to moderate which lead to drifting snow above 600 metres.  Temperatures have remained cold; minus 5C on the summit of Cairngorm, at glen levels it was mostly subzero temperatures due to an inversion.
Little change from yesterdays hill conditions apart from better visibility.  On wind exposed slopes at higher levels if traveling by ski the sastrugi feels relentless; however some terrain is more forgiving with straightforward terrain ahead.  If your on foot there’s a mix of firm snow especially on wind exposed slopes and ridges, there are deep drifts in lee areas and the burdemson breakable crust is widespread.

Low cloud above the glen.

These strange looking objects are the footpath posts which lead to the summit of Cairngorm

The weather station on the summit of Cairngorm is covered in rime ice

Cornices are difficult to see when the mist rolls in…

The Ptarmigan building at 1100 metres

Coire an t-Sneachda

Looking West across the Cairngorms

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