Soft unconsolidated snow

9th March 2023

Another day of very cold temperatures.  Although the sunshine tried to break out a summit levels a thin band of cloud obscured the highest summits for most of the day.  Little change underfoot.  Soft unconsolidated snow lies on all aspects, Beneath the blanket of soft unconsolidated snow, is an underlying snowpack weakness at depth on all aspects, this is especially poor on steep and convex terrain, where it’s overlain by firm windslab.  Over the next 24 hours there will be variable wind directions with drifting snow at higher levels.  New windslab is expected to become more widespread, on a variety of aspects.

Approaching the summit of Cairngorm.

Heading down the West side of Cairngorm on a bearing.

A surprising depth of snow, once skis were removed.

Looking into Coire an t-Sneachda.

Walking towards the Fiachaill of Chais summit Cairn at 1141 metres.

Surface hoar on on a 3mm grid.

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