Last Glen Coe blog for this winter season.

13th April 2019

Today was dry and sunny again but it felt rather chilly with moderate to fresh South-Easterly winds but spring is definitely here.

This is the thirtieth season that the SAIS has been producing avalanche information to the public. So, 30 years on….. we close another season (30th) with this blog. I hope you have found the service useful and beneficial over the years, we will return around mid December with more reports and blogs. Below are some photos through the glen today showing the remaining snow cover. The remaining snowpack is generally stable. Thanks, have a nice summer.

The southerly aspect of the Aonach Eagach Ridge, some snow patches still exist on the northerly side which is out of view.

Stob Coire nan Lochan.

Stob Coire Sgreamhach with the lost valley buttresses on its right.

Buachaille Etive Mor mostly bare of snow on this aspect.


Northerly aspect of Stob Dearg.

Southerly aspect of Buachaille Etive Mor.

Ben Nevis seen from Glen Coe.

Bidean nam Bian with Diamond and Church Door buttresses.

Meall a’ Bhuiridh the Glen Coe ski area. Many thanks to Glencoe Mountain staff for all their help this season. The centre is still open for skiing.


Comments on this post

  • Steve
    13th April 2019 5:02 pm

    Thanks for the blog…I used it a lot

    • glencoeadmin
      14th April 2019 9:01 am

      thats great, have a good summer
      glencoe forecasters

  • Glen Land
    4th July 2019 7:42 pm

    I am an American who, sadly, has never been to Scotland. I am writing a novel about the Christmas Truce in Flanders in 1914 that features the men of 1st Royal Scots Fusiliers. I have one of my main characters as a native of Glencoe. Consequently the book actually opens and closes in Glencoe. I’m looking for some background information about that region of the Scottish Highlands. A couple questions: (1) What is the average seasonal snowfall in Glencoe and how does that compare to the average snowfall on the summit of Bidean nam Bian? (2) What are the average first and last dates for snow on the summit? Thank you! Someday I hope to see the region for myself! – Glen Land

    • glencoeadmin
      28th November 2019 1:02 pm

      Sorry for late reply we only check mail from mid December through to mid April. We start this year 9th December so was checking all systems are working. Snow can fall on Bidean summit through the year when cold fronts move through but generally snow arrives in quantities mid November and will stay till May. Depths of snow vary but 3 feet is not uncommon around the summit. Continuous measurements in the winter months for total snow amount again vary 3-5 metres as an overall for snow fall.

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