More of the same….

3rd January 2021

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With high pressure dominating to the North, conditions are set to remain mainly dry for the next 24 hour period with generally North-Easterly winds and cold conditions  – 450 to 500 metre freezing level.
Having tried operating on foot, using snow shoes and on ski over the past three days, I have to say that the most efficient method of moving around the hills is on ski – Note I didn’t say that the skiing is great – just that using skis is preferable to wading through deep soft snow on foot!
It would seem that most hill goers have also come to that conclusion as ski touring was a popular activity today in the hills accessed from North and South of The Glenshee Ski Centre. Due to the prolonged cold temperatures the snow remains generally soft and dry with some wind scoured features. Descents can be hard work so a bit of prior route planning is useful.

Skis proved to be the most efficient mode of travel in the hills today. Many thanks to Steve from Braemar MRT for this photo. Note the deeper snow around the corrie rim.

 

Deeper drifts are present at lower elevations – These wind features are at 780m.

 

Variable cloud base throughout the day. Photo credit – Steve from Braemar MRT.

 

Carn nan Sac and Carn a’Gheoidh were popular destinations today.

Occasional break in the cloud gave views across to Carn nan Sac

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