Blue Skies…

19th March 2018

Blue skies and a view (at last!) – And what a view…!

A stunning if bitterly cold day with a significant wind chill – the strong NNE winds were still redistributing deposits above about 700 metres.

The cover is fantastic with skis going on at the roadside – there are some icy areas, so a bit of thought and route planning is helpful in avoiding the worst sections and ensuring that you get the best descent.

Consolidation is occurring  – but quite slowly in the cold temperatures – with a multi-layered, cold, dry snowpack present. There are quite a lot of large cornices around – and in unusual locations (we aren’t used to having such prolonged Easterly winds.) Dry weather again tomorrow but possibly not a stunning blue sky day – then it looks like the freezing level will rise above the summits on Wednesday.

 

Very good cover on the South-West and West aspects of Cairn an Tuirc

 

Stunning views to the North. East aspects somewhat wind scoured.

 

Redistribution occurring in the strong NNE winds. Nothing on RHS of shot as I am blocking the snow with my body!

 

Skis going on at the roadside!

 

Even the vegetation is encased in hard water-ice

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