New Season in Torridon

11th December 2020

Welcome all to the SAIS forecasting 2020/21 season. I hope you had as good a summer as possible in these Covid restricted times.


The Scottish Avalanche Information Service would recommend that those wishing to enjoy the winter mountains refer to Mountaineering Scotland and Scottish Government advice regarding Covid-19 and outdoor activities.

It was a lovely day in Torridon to start the season; great views but little snow I’m afraid. The snow that remains fell at the beginning of the month and has been subjected to freeze thaw cycles since. Most snow remains above 750m on East to South aspects and is shallow and stable, crusty at summit levels and icy in places.

Runnels of snow remain on SE aspect below the Beinn Eighe ridge between Sgurr nan Fhir Duibhe and Creag Dhubh.

Lovely cloudscape to the east looking out of Coire an Laoigh, Beinn Eighe. Lenticular clouds and wave bars are obvious – usually indicative of strong winds high up.

The main ridge of Beinn Eighe, looking east from the summit of Spidean Coire nan Clach. Good walking conditions and did feel wintry with a strong windchill. The old snow is icy in places.


No snow visible on the Northerly aspects of Maol Chean-dearg and Beinn Damh in the south Torridon hills.

Comments on this post

  • John Dalton
    11th December 2020 5:37 pm

    That’s a wonderful shot of Liathach! Brings some joy on a dark, gloomy and wet Aberdeen day.

    • torridonadmin
      12th December 2020 1:14 pm

      Hi John. Pleased to improve your day.

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