Snow ablation

16th February 2021

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(Above) More mist again today. The flat light always make photography a bit challenging to say nothing of the gusty wind. The upper part of Coire Choile Rais pictured. Quite significant snow loss at lower elevations, that is below 800m. Last week this coire would have had wall to wall coverage at this altitude – photo taken at 650m. Wet soft snow in the bottom of the glen here which was a bit sub optimal for skiing though skinning in was much easier than the Shanks’s pony alternative. Incidentally, the usual parking spots for access to this coire was busy with forestry contractor traffic today. You might need to park somewhere else for the foreseeable future if Coire Choile Rais is the chosen venue for your exercise.
(Above) Lochan Coire Choile Rais at exactly 800m. Much better snow coverage everywhere above this altitude. Though still moist, snow is consolidating everywhere at the moment. Some snow showers on Wednesday are likely to result in new windslab above about 900m on N to E aspects. A return to more typically Scottish weather and winter conditions compared to what we’ve had for the last month, I think.

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