Chalky and cheese

2nd March 2022

A pleasant day on the mountain. Early morning cloud gave way to a beautiful sunshine and light winds – a welcome change and good for an Avalanche Forecaster’s soul!

After yesterdays enjoyable spring snow conditions on the lower slopes, today was very different! The firm older snow gave some rattly skiing easier walking conditions but some very serious runouts on steep slopes and crag aprons. Some isolated windslab accumulations are present on East facing aspects and gave some enjoyable chalky skiing between the patches of hard older snow.

The high pressure will remain dominant bringing inversion conditions to the Northern Cairngorms. Although a nice sunny day is expected the South – Easterly winds will strengthen as they are squeezed by the inversion and the snowpack will remain firm despite the sunshine.

The morning cloud  burns off on the East face of Cairngorm, a mix of hard old snow and new isolated windslab

Raised Ptarmigan footprints in the new windslab accumulations.

South East aspects of CairngormShallow accumulations of windslab.

Surface cracks in the new accumulations of windslab.

Skiers “enjoying” the firm conditions on the South side of Cairngorm, we heard them before we spotted them.

Looking up a South West, wind scoured aspect

Looking up a wind loaded South East aspect

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