2nd February 2021

Covid -19

The Scottish Avalanche Information Service issues information to support permitted activity under current Scottish Government guidance.

Please be aware of current mandatory travel restrictions in Local Authority areas within Scotland and respect local communities by referring to Scottish Government guidance and safe route choices for exercise. For further guidance please refer to the following information for hillwalkers and climbers and snowsports on ski and board.

This blog is intended to provide hazard and mountain condition information to help plan safer mountain trips.

Gale force Easterly winds combined with freezing temperatures led to a significant windchill in the Fannaichs today. As a result, I struggled to get much above 500 metres altitude. There are obvious areas of windslab building in sheltered locations as unconsolidated surface snow is drifting in the strong winds.

(Above) Even from a distance, spindrift was visible blowing off Beinn Liath Mhor Fannaich and Sgurr Mor.

(Above) It remains hard going breaking trail through breakable crust and deeper drifts, even with snowshoes.

(Above) Although most of the drifting snow is being blown to lower levels in the strong winds and onto lower angle terrain, fresh unstable windslab is building in steep sheltered areas at higher elevations, mainly on South-West to North-West aspects. Windward (Easterly) aspects have good stability and are scoured in exposed locations.

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