A perfect Spring day.

3rd March 2017

Today I was joined by Heather who was checking out conditions for the Braemar Mountain Festival hill skill sessions. Most of the snow was firm at this level but in the shaded areas snow was surprising cold and facets developing under the crust. Not so much a problem for the moment, the areas of windslab above 950  metres are a greater hazard.

Heather and Ice enjoying the Spring! Glad Maol and The White Mounth in the background still have touring possibilities.

 

From around 900 metres, snow was often very firm and icy. There was a strong temperature gradient within the snow in shaded areas.

 

Surface snow cracking in shaded locations. Unstable snow crystals had developed under the crust.

 

Facets (sometimes referred to as sugar snow) from just under the surface crust.

 

Glas Tulaichean still looking white. Good cover the higher you get.

The Cairnwell. Hopefully it’ll see some decent snowfall soon!

 

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