Fresh snow (on crust)

26th March 2024

The widespread crust is now hidden underneath a thin covering of soft fresh snow, but it is quickly identifiable if you happen to break through it. Mostly it was supporting the weight of a person, but not always.

The dynamic weather situation continues and once again there is uncertainty in the forecast snow amounts. Unstable windslab will build mainly on South-West through West to North aspects above 800 metres. This is expected to be localised but may become more widespread if the snow quantity that arrives is greater than forecast.

“The Window” is just right of the centre.


Looking down towards Loch Laggan on the way up Carn Liath. This photo was taken around 800 metres and gives a good indication of the snow cover below this level. Although it looked very white when glancing up at the hills this morning, the fresh snow is mostly a thin covering.


Coire Ardair and Coire a’Chriochairein. The fresh snow line is distinctive at around 600 metres. One side of the line felt like winter, the other side felt like spring.


While descending, some old avalanche debris in “Balloon Gully” was encountered. No avalanches have been reported in this location this season, so it’s hard to identify when this will have been from. Historically, many avalanches have been reported here and have been known to cross to Coire Ardair path.

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