Heavy Snow Showers.

16th January 2018

It was a cold winter day with strong winds and frequent heavy showers falling as snow to almost sea level. There was a fair bit of fresh snow above making for some pretty hard going where it has not been scoured. However, overall it will be improving winter conditions in Glen Coe.

Even from close to the road big plumes of spindrift could be seen at higher levels.

A couple of groups heading up the hill. Their instructors took the opportunity to teach their students trail breaking avoidance faff, an important skill which involves the ability to stop and faff and let a potential trail breaker (in this case myself) catch up, overtake, and then break trail for the rest of the way. 

There were some weak layers within the snowpack. Here two easy and clean shears are evident, the upper one being at 34cm and the lower one at 41cm.

Plenty of new snow in the bowl looking up to point 902 on Buachaille Etive Beag.

Looking over to Stob Coire nan Lochain between snow showers. It was not long before the next shower came rattling in and visibility dropped off again. 

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