16th January 2021
The Scottish Avalanche Information Service issues information to support permitted activity under current Scottish Government guidance.
Please be aware of current mandatory travel restrictions inÂ Local AuthorityÂ areas within Scotland and respect local communities by referring toÂ Scottish Government guidanceÂ and safe route choices for exercise. For further guidance please refer to the following information forÂ hillwalkers and climbersÂ andÂ snowsports on ski and board.
This blog is intended to provide hazard and mountain condition information to help plan safer mountain trips.
Strong southerly winds over night have resulted in erosion of the existing snowpack on wind exposed slopes, with some icy patches in some places. Correspondingly windslab has been deposited, but any instabilities are generally confined to steep slopes above 1000 metres of a North, North-East and East aspect.
Fresh cornices are prone to collapse, as indicated by a small cornice triggered avalanche in Coire Cas overnight. Drifts and wind scoops at lower elevation also sport some localised cornicing, such as in the image below, taken just above a pisted track at approximately 850 metres.
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