White to Blue

9th March 2018

From incredibly poor visibility this morning  – when you couldn’t tell if you were going up, down or across the slope on skis, and snow balls were being thrown in front to find the corrie edge ….the cloud eventually cleared to blue sky, sunshine and an absolutely beautiful day. Back down in Braemar it felt like Spring…but with full snow cover! The Oyster Catchers are starting to arrive (a sure sign that Spring is around the corner) and they seem confused to find deep white snow everywhere….

The recent snow continues to consolidate but localised areas (steep, wind sheltered ones) are hanging on to both poorly and moderately to poorly bonded snow with touchy failures in the surface layers and reactive failures at nearly 50cm down.

Slightly complicated weather forecast for tomorrow with some light snow, strengthening winds and a rising freezing level. Try and catch the evening weather forecast if you are thinking of getting out.

Cloud just lifting over The Cairnwell & Carn nan Sac with Glas Tulaichean in the distance.


Blue sky breaking through the cloud. Looking North from Glas Maol.


A couple of ski tourers enjoying the great conditions. Sron na Gaoithe in the background.


Great cover. Carn an Tuirc & the northern slopes of Cairn of Claise.


Two aspects (SSE & WSW) – completely different cover.



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