Storm Force Winds

8th February 2023

Gusts of over 100mph were recorded on the summit of Cairngorm today, making any progress in the mountains challenging. Southerly winds in the Cairngorms often means that the strongest wind speeds can be lower down the mountain, as the wind accelerates across the plateau and down into the coires.

The snowpack remained firm and icy in all locations and runs outs continue to be a significant hazard.

The wind strength will decrease tomorrow, but only marginally, still being at gale force throughout the day, again making progress in the mountains difficult. New snowfall will cause unstable windslab to build in wind sheltered locations. Read the avalanche report for full details.


View across Loch Morlich towards Coire Cas, Coire an t-Sneachda and Coire an Lochain. The ducks were choosing to stay out of the choppy water this morning.

Coire na Ciste.

Good conditions for spotting animals in the snow patches. What do you think it looks like?

Coire an Lochain and Lurcher’s Gully.

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