Candy for the Soul…
13th February 2023
The high pressure was still dominant today in Northern Cairngorms giving a beautiful cloudless sky, lots of sunshine and strong Southerly winds. A welcome change to the recent unsettled weather.
The snowpack had re-frozen overnight and was firm and icy. The sun managed to soften the surface of some of the snow patches but most remained hard, giving fast, rattly and ‘noisy’ skiing.
The greatest snow accumulations are on North through East to South- East aspects above 950 metres. The plateau areas across to Ben Macdui looked white and a cunning ski tourer would be able to link the snow patches together to give a rewarding journey.
It would be a very different story if you were looking for some steep skiing in these current conditions. Although the freezing level is remaining above the summits a temperature inversion is keeping the snowpack firm and icy, whether you are travelling on foot, board or ski: care will be required when the slopes get steeper.
Gale force winds forecast for tomorrow.
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