Sunday, April 13, 2008

Blyth's Angels

"Blyth's Angels" ventured out once again into freezing temperatures and white out conditions to collect the final snowpit data this season for our loyal audience. Sadly this is the last day for this season but we will be back again next December for some more avalanche and blog action.
Eat your heart out Charlie.
Kathy Michelle and Nicky

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Pea Soup

Visibility was none existent in the Cairngorms making ski travel quite challenging.
The photo above is looking up towards the summit of Cairngorm, and below looking out across the plateau towards Beinn MacDuibh.

Friday, April 11, 2008

So much snow!

The Cairgorms have an amazing cover of snow. This is how Coire an t-Sneachda looked today. Steep and convex slopes are loaded with soft weakly bonded snow although it is beginning to stabilise at lower altitudes. Looking up towards the summit of Cairngorm; Off piste skiing is excellent above 1000 metres with fresh powder sitting on a slightly firm base.

An authentic signpost from Cairngorm Mountain.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Great Snow cover

Ascending Cairngorm N Ridge on Ski - Strath Nethy below.

Snowpack remains deep but is gradually consolidating

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Warm going in the clouds ! -Deep Snow

Looking At Alladdins Buttress in Coire an t Sneachda

An incredible amount of snow covers the hills.
Our records indicate the most snow at this time of year for 15 years !
A time for snow shoes and skis' - Walking is hard graft !

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Windy and very Cold

On the South side of Cairngorm
Deep snow accumulations on E to SW aspects and very hard where it has been scoured by the wind - A return to cold wintry conditions

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Ptarmigan days

Poor me... It's a hard life being a Ptarmigan! No sooner do I change my plumage and it starts to snow again. I wish the weather would make its mind up!

Friday, April 04, 2008

Colder temperatures

After yesterdays thaw it has turned a little cooler. There was a little fresh snow along with hail which is shown in the photo (quite painful in a strong wind). The snowpack hasn't re-frozen yet but by tomorrow it should as we are expecting much colder temperatures along with significant snow.

Looking towards Beinn Mheadhoin.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Very warm with Soft snow at Summits

Looking into Coire an t Sneachda
Wet snow at all evels with debris from cornice collapse below the Trident gullies and below Jacobs ladder. Colder conditions on friday should solidify the snowpack.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Damp and windy

Looking To Coire an t Sneachda from Cairngorm West face

Progressively wetter during the day and dissapating snow. Warm and windy again tomorrow