Ski Sunday…

16th February 2020

Overnight snow provided improved cover for the skiers today, and those with local knowledge found some good conditions. The winds have been storm force and therefore many areas are stripped of snow and are scoured and icy. The opposite side of this is that constant heavy drifting has accumulated deep drifts in wind sheltered locations. Often these two situations are only metres apart. The winds were seriously strong in exposed locations, making progress very difficult at times today. The forecast for the next 48 hours predicts further snow showers and strong winds, meaning that windslab and cornices will continue to develop. Remaining cold until Wednesday evening when the freezing level is forecast to go over the summits. Thanks to Kenny and Dr. Steve from Braemar MRT for the ‘action shots’…

Dramatic conditions captured by Steve of Braemar MRT. Note the constantly drifting deposits.

 

An enjoyable ski tour on Carn an t-Sagairt Beag. The Allt a’Choire Dhuibh providing a cracking descent. Thanks to Kenny from Braemar MRT for the photo.

Skiers skinning uphill around the developing cornice of Coire Fionn, Glas Maol.

Difficult walking conditions with storm force winds and icy footpaths.

Sastrugi caused by strong winds eroding the snow.

Skiers and a walker on Glas Maol. Note stripped exposed slope and deposition zone.

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