29th March 2023

Conditions were some what ‘sub-optimal’ in the Northern Cairngorms today.  Poor visibility, freezing level above the summits, gale force southerly winds and rainfall all stacked up for a soggy, dreich day on the hill.  However, there were still a few stalwart snow sports enthusiasts out and about.  The photo below illustrates conditions at an altitude of 1100m outside the Ptarmigan Building.

The snow cover has diminished significantly in the past 24 hours.  Photo below taken around 1000m in Coire Cas. The slope on the left of the photo is a west aspect and fairly stripped of snow cover.

Below the Cas Headwall we found recent slab avalanche debris, this likely released on the weak layer highlighted yesterday in our snow profile.  The photo below shows some of the blocky debris from the size 2 avalanche which extended approx 150m across the slope.

Visibility improved briefly for a view of the crag aprons in Coire an’t Snechda.  There was likely some more avalanche debris below the Trident Gullies area, but difficult to confirm 100% due to the flat light conditions.


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