Cold, crisp and clear.

11th April 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.

Woke up to frozen car windscreens and it felt cold in the glen this morning. Then a bright crisp and clear day followed with only occasional summit cloud. There were not as many snow showers as expected. Winds were very light so it was a nice day to be on the hill. A surface crust is forming  especially on sun exposed slopes where solar radiation has softened the snow surface during the day then the snow has refrozen overnight. This surface crust is not weight bearing yet so trail breaking away from established paths is still quite hard going. Localised unstable wind slab remains on steeper wind sheltered terrain on North-East through South to South-West aspects  generally on higher ground above 800 metres.

Frosted gorse blossom and snowy Sgur Dubh and Slioch (980m) in the distance.

 

Blue skies above Creag Dhubh today.

 

 

 

 

 

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