11th April 2023
(Above) Looking out from the Inner Coire of Coire Ardair towards Lochan a Choire and the N-facing crags of Coire Ardair. Cover of fresh snow down to 750m today which persisted on shaded aspects but melted quickly where sun exposed. About 3cm here in the Inner Coire but with more at higher altitudes.
(Above) Bellevue Buttress – a steep ENE facing aspect high above Coire Ardair. Some minor avalanche activity here today – left of centre of the photo. Drifting at plateau level continued periodically in and out of showers during the morning. The appearance of the sun between showers may have triggered the larger loose snow avalanche shown above. Plenty of single-point slides here and there too.
(Above) Profile shot of Bellevue Buttress. Instability was shallow and limited to steeper lee slopes above 950m. Elsewhere and at lower altitudes the snowpack remains very patchy.
(Above) 1030m. The top of Easy Gully, Coire Ardair. A ski-mountaineer boot-packed his way up this popular gully. The sunlit and shaded ground centre left and bottom of the photo is where shallow new windslab blew in today during and between showers.
(Above) It begins. In the previous shot, the ski-mountaineer disappeared over the skyline for a time no doubt to gear up for his descent.
(Above) Approaching the location of ‘Last Post’, one of Creag Meagaidh’s signature ice climbing routes. Yep, it was a watery cascade today. Once past the steeper section of the gully he was able to link his turns, finishing with a loud whoop of joy close to where the snow peters out!
We have S N O W in the forecast for overnight and throughout Wednesday. The good people at the Met Office reckon 15-25cms could fall out of the sky on Creag Meagaidh in that time. The usual suspects (NW through N to E aspects) will see the bulk of the new windslab development which will be weak wherever it accumulates over the old snowpack. New cornice growth also expected here. Winter returns!
A blast from the past:-
(Above) Was archiving some of my photos the other day when I happened upon this shot of Sron a Ghoire, Coire Ardair, Carn Liath et al. The photo was taken on the 4th April 2020 from Croidh-la (640m) above Glen Tromie nr Kingussie during the early part of the first COVID lockdown. I was out getting my government-sanctioned daily dose of exercise on this wee hillock when the sun broke through the clouds to illuminate the ‘Meggie range some 35km away. Good snow cover!
Let’s see what tomorrow brings!
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13th April 2023 2:12 pm
Hey, I was out skiing Easy Gully that day – some good pictures you got of me. Would you mind sending them over to me please?
13th April 2023 2:31 pm
Matt. You have incoming mail.