Rinse & repeat.

20th December 2023

Some overnight snowfall again but followed by much milder and wetter conditions from the morning onwards. We had fresh snow down to 700m but again little indication of significant drifting on lee slopes. What drifted snow I did find consisted of a few isolated pockets 9-10cm deep and lying on bare ground above 920m. With more rain and mild temps overnight a lot of this fresh snow will melt, taking us back to Square One or at least close to it.

Colder conditions and some snow showers are expected later on Thursday morning but projected snowfall amounts are again quite modest and not enough to warrant an avalanche forecast.

A few pics from today and yesterday for you to compare & contrast:

(Above) Approach slopes to The Window (an east-facing lee slope) today.


(Above) Same place yesterday, Tuesday.


(Above) Today. The NE-facing crags of the Inner Coire, with the wide corner where ‘The Pumpkin’ normally forms.


(Above) …and yesterday


(Above) Easy Gully and the Post Face of Coire Ardair today. Some thin fresh snow has accumulated in the bottom Easy Gully just enough to disguise the rocks and gravel where it becomes narrower.


(Above) The lower reaches of Coire Ardair. This was the best landscape-type shot I managed to capture today. Strong winds, low cloud and rain made photography very challenging. Much of the snow on display is expected to succumb to the overnight wet and mild weather.

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