Monday, December 31, 2012

Rain then Snow on the Tops

The snowpack has depleted in the thaw, but temperatures dropped in the afternoon and it should all re-freeze. New snow with strong winds will produce some tricky avalanche conditions for the next day or so !

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Blizzard conditions

Bleak weather with occasional clear spells

Snow fall for most of the day gusts of over 100mph on the tops

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Freezing again by midday

Large Cornices above the crags -  Sneachda

Reports of good climbing conditions in the Corries, especially since the snowpack has re-frozen
Coire an Lochain

Friday, December 28, 2012

Wild and windy

Very strong winds with new snowfall which led to deep widespread accumulations of new snow in sheltered areas on Northerly aspects.  Now thawing at all levels with some rain but cold weather expected to return tomorrow

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Cold and Icy

'Iced up" Northern Corries

Cornices above Northerly aspects - note collapse and avalanche release.
Great conditions continue with hard icy snow-ice throughout - firm for skiing with some good bits here and there ! - Serious run outs . minus 8 degrees C on the tops !

strong winds for next few days., but we will get off lightest in Northern Cairngorms regarding rainfall at all levels. Colder with snow on Saturday - very windy throughout.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Clear Sunny and Calm- a rarity!

Cairngorms morning reflection on Loch Morlich

Looking toward Aviemore Coire Chais Ski lift below

Hells Lum crag

Ski Tourers ascending Cairn Lochain

Climbers Fiachaill of Sneachda ridge

Cairngorm plateau

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

A White Christmas ! - here anyway

The Frosted Cliffs of Coire an Lochain

A Christmas Fly By by the RAF Rescue

Aladdins Buttress Coire an t Sneachda - with contemplating Ptarmigan

Breaching the cornice of Jacobs Ladder
Good firm conditions, snow-ice - chattering conditions on ski's ! - less crusty than previous days  but with icy paths. Hope you are all having a good Christmas, best wishes from the SAIS.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Less Windy at last ! - Good snow cover

Coire an t Sneachda
Ski Tourer heading into Coire Lochain
The snowcover is good - some hellish crust which gets firmer and stronger the higher you get. Pretty icy on steep ground with some serious runouts !! Conditions looking good for climbing.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Friday, December 21, 2012

Heavy snowfall and drifting

Difficult walking conditions in the strong winds
Significant snowfall over the past 24 hours has led to heavy drifting and poor visibility

Bad Weather Thursday

Field observations Cairngorm - photo M Austin
Carrying out field observations on Cairngorm thursday at around 1000m - similar conditions will continue for the next few days with resultant significant avalanche hazard.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Good today - Bad tomorrow

Descending from Cairngorm with great light on the North West Highlands .
Conditions are very good for walking and climbing - firm and icy for skiing and touring - serious runouts for tumblers ! Really bad weather forecast from tomorrow with severely strong winds.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Saturdays Avalanche debris

The Debris

This is on the East side of  Fiacaill a Choire Chais ridge.  Windslab was rapidly building on this slope yesterday, a large crack developed at around midday and the slope was trigger by a skier not long afterwards.  Crown wall is a metre in height, stretching to around 150m  in length
Great conditions in the Cairngorms
Good cover on the plateau, a mix of boiler plate and wind slab

Friday, December 14, 2012

Very windy with drifting and snowfall

Stormy conditions 

Todays pit on a NW aspect at 855m
Spindrift and cornices at 750 metres

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Bad Weather arriving

Good weather at first today  but worsening as the day progressed - poor viz and flat light.
Good snow cover for all travel modes and good climbing too - All change tomorrow with storm force winds and heavy snow above 700 metres.

Looking North from Coire an t Sneachda - bad weather arriving

Saturday, December 08, 2012

Windy and Wet

A day of strong winds on the tops - but  rain also at all levels - good snowcover throughout the area even though it is a thin cover.
The snowpack has moistened and so will refreeze as it gets colder from Sunday and into next week. This should create some good climbing conditions and firm up the snowpack even further.

Climber abseiling off Aladdins Buttress Sneachda

Surface wet avalanche from Fluted Buttress Sneachda