A ‘skiff’

7th April 2022


The perfect word to describe the snowfall situation at Creag Meagaidh today!


(Above) SE aspects and the rocky tower in Coire Chriochairein viewed from high on the backwall at around noon. I’ve turned the contrast up to show the very thin layer (skiff?) of snow lying on the concrete-grey old snow-ice. Just a few isolated pockets of slightly deeper windslab near the coire rim but you’d have to go out of your way to find one!


(Above) Looking out towards Coire nan Gamhna, the hanging cirque carved into the northern flank of Sron a Ghoire. A much better representation of the distribution snow at Creag Meagaidh. Very patchy older snowpack now confined to locations above 850m but as low as 700m in some favoured gullies and east aspects like here in Coire Chriochairein.


(Above) Upper Coire Ardair and the Post Face. Seemed to be more snow drifting and accumulating down low – like here on the main Coire Ardair footpath at 600m – than at higher altitudes where it seemed to get airborne then just disappear.

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