Out on skis today

17th January 2020

The very strong winds which have been blowing all this week eased a bit today allowing a few ski lifts to run. There was a reasonable gain in snow at the start of the week but yesterday it rained to summit level. The temperature then dropped and the wet snow surface froze to give conditions that feel quite icy on skis but mostly breakable crust on foot. Some fresh snow overnight and today has left some pockets of windslab and soft snow where the skiing is good. The main area of avalanche hazard is on steep slopes where the windslab has accumulated to a significant depth.

The plateau area at Glencoe ski area.

Looking up towards the Spring Run.

No upper lifts running so walking or skinning needed to get to the summit of Meall a’ Bhuiridh today. This picture was taken just below the summit where conditions were quite scoured. Better snow cover lower down.

Stob Dearg.

Buachaille Etive Mor.

Looking towards Stob Coire nan Lochan with the summit in the cloud.

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