Flat white. Revisited.

1st March 2020

(Above) The staff car park at Aberarder this morning. About an hour of heavy snowfall, composed of large fluffy flakes here at 270m, put 5-6cms of new snow down on the ground at 400m really quite quickly. Had been snowing for most of the night, too.


(Above) 450m on the main Coire Ardair path. We have complete snow cover above the juvenile birch trees in Coire Ardair. 20-30cms of undrifted snow and deeper where drifted. Access on foot away from the path is slow and arduous but a little better on windward slopes.


(Above) Upper Coire Ardair is somewhere there beyond the mature birch trees. Visibility was very poor all day at all levels.


(Above) It rained below 600m on the return to Aberarder although the sun did make a momentary feeble appearance.

Quite a fewer skiers bailed early in the day after the onset of the heavy snowfall. Two skinned up Coire Ardair but abandoned their plan when they lost the course of the path about 2.5km from Aberarder Farmhouse, and felt unhappy about the avalanche hazard.

No let up in poor stability overnight and into Monday. More snowfall in prospect, drifting and the potential for avalanche activity; one or two of the events may be quite large, too. Period of poorest stability expected to be overnight but remaining poor on recent lee slopes during the day as well.

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