Snow on light winds

13th January 2013

Well we’ve had light snowfall down to valley level today. Generally it is falling onto the ground and will need much more depth before it becomes useful. In some locations at higher elevations it has accumulated over firm snow-ice, and it is these locations that you need to avoid right now. The cold, dry deposits are shearing easily and stability will become an issue as the depth increases. Getting knocked off your feet by a release has huge potential for injury at present due to the firmness of the old snow – (you will slide fast), and the likelihood of hitting a boulder – (you will stop abruptly!)

Sorry no photos today – there was no visibility above 800 metres – and the map and compass did come out!

Forecast is for snow overnight and tomorrow on gentle winds, so the general cover should start to improve. If you come across any depth of new snow – treat it as suspect!

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