Last day of the 2020/21 winter season.
17th April 2021
(Above) Looking west to left to right the summits of Puist Coire Ardair, Sron a Ghoire, and the Post Face of Coire Ardair. Snow distribution on the final day of the SAIS forecasting season. Best above 850m on N to SE aspects with more extensive patches on plateau areas near summits. Some N to E facing gullies have snow as low as 700m.
(Above) NE-facing snow holding side of Coire nan Gamhna with its wee lochan in the foreground. The lochan is at 830m and the col on the left sky line is 980m. Classic spring (or corn) snow conditions here at midday: thin, moist surface layer with firmer snow beneath. The W and NW aspects in the coire are almost snow-free.
Cooler overnight Saturday into Sunday then milder again with the possibility of some very light precip. This will make very little change to the pre-existing moist and stable snowpack. A bit of a proviso though for minor full depth avalanche activity on the Post Face (see yesterday’s blog posting), as well as for remaining cornices. Still one or two cornices in the environs of Coire Ardair but larger ones seem to be confined to Beinn a Chaorainn – also mentioned yesterday.
(Above) The view across to the Post Face of Coire Ardair, the Inner Coire and The Window. Mild when the sun was out but cool all day in the shade. The measured shaded air temperature here was +3 degrees C. just after midday.
(Above) Met and had a chat with a group of equestrians (under instruction) making their way up the Coire Ardair path to visit the lochan. The main path was quite busy with other hill-goers, mainly hill walkers, as well. Was a beautiful day to be out and about in the hills whether on 2 or 4 legs.
Well that’s your lot for this season, folks It’s been a strange winter, of course, with the mountains being empty apart from a few locals enjoying often quite good conditions for winter sport. I hope we’ve been able to give those of you deprived of your winter climbing/walking/ski-touring at least a small flavour of what it’s been like here over the past 4 months.
Until next winter!
The SAIS Creag Meagaidh guys.
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