Cold and Clear

15th 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.
Great views today in the Northern Cairngorms, and a pleasant change from the zero visibility of recent days. This allowed for a bit of a circuit around Coire an t-Sneachda where a number of recent avalanches were noted. There will be a change in the weather tomorrow with a front on the way, bringing precipitation and strong southerly winds.
Avalanche activity can be viewed via the map here and you can submit observations using the form here at report and avalanche.

Carn Etchachan, a distant prospect at the moment with the drifts visible in the foreground.


Fiacaill Buttress heavily coated in Rime Ice.


Sgor Gaoith and Sgoran Dubh Mor, the western side of the Northern Cairngorms forecasting area.


A view into Coire an t-Sneachda from the Fiacaill Ridge. Note the ‘Twin Ribs’ in the foreground which have been nearly covered with snow, demonstrating cross loading on east facing ridge flanks.


Meall a’ Bhuachaille catching the morning sun.

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