Day 1: 2018-19 winter season.
14th December 2018
A cold, bright and very dry start to the winter season here at Creag Meagaidh on Friday. The hills looked relatively brown and bare apart from a few wreaths of older snow above 900m.
(Above) The top end of Coire Ardair this morning. L to R: Raeburn’s Gully, Pinnacle buttress and the Post Face. Ice developing in some places but looking generally very lean. Had a quick wee squint at Beinn a Chaorainn on the way home and it looks even more devoid of snow.
Snowfall at all levels will make an appearance later in the afternoon on Saturday. Whilst stability will be good everywhere during daylight hours new snow instability is expected to develop on W to N aspects from dusk onwards and continue to decline into the next forecast period.
SAIS off-season news. A few of our number attended the week long and bienniel International Snow Science Workshop in Innsbruck back in early October.
(Above) A very well attended event with speakers and delegates from all parts of the world. The conference is about the ‘merging of theory with practice’. Not surprisingly presentations were varied, ranging from those with countless PowerPoint pages of equations right through to quite arresting ones from baseball cap-wearing speakers outlining some weird and wonderful avalanche phenomenon common in their part of the world. Definitely an eclectic mix of speakers and subject matter.
(Above) This particular presentation formed part of the SAIS’s pre-season briefing and training earlier this week. A fascinating insight into the difficulties of attaining (and assessing) accuracy in avalanche forecasting. A very useful and enlightening presentation. (FYI. SAIS’s performance compares favourably to the Canadian raw stats.)
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