A springtime day

29th March 2024

A day for excellent views across the plateau and into the corries.   Winter is still here in the Cairngorms, although it felt very much like spring in the sunshine.

Checking for snowpack weakness at 1100m on a WNW aspect.

Large cornices overhang this NW aspect above Coire an t-Sneachda.

Rime ice on the Cairngorm summit weather station.

Views into Coire an t-Sneachda. Note the avalanche debris in the middle of the photo.

A closer look at the debris which was size 2 to 3. This avalanche occurred on Wednesday.  On Tuesday there was a soft blanket of snow on all aspects.  The  Wednesday the wind got up which caused significant drifting and the deposition of  firm windslab on top of the previous day’s soft weak layers of snow. This led to this avalanche activity.

Extensive snowfields on the plateau once away from wind scoured slopes. Quite a few ski tourers were spotted out and about today.  

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