Sunday, February 07, 2010

NW and Cairngorm conditions

There was a thaw in the west on Thurs which made an appearance over Inverness side on Friday. This has helped stabilise the snow which was wet all the way up the hills in the thaw. The freeze started slowly on Saturday and came with more precip (probably snow up high but i was in the valley in the rain on Sat). The weather was calmer, dryer and quite a bit nicer today. I was in the Cairngorms ski touring this morning. We hoped that we might be lucky with the cloud level but our optimism for an attempt at the 4 big tops was miss placed and the cloud level was at around 950m all day. We turned back at the Summit of Macdui but the snow on the plateaux was really good even if it was total white out adventure skiing.
Sneachda was very busy with over a hundred folk. A lot less folk in Lochain mind!
The snow in the Cairngorms has obviously also thawed all the way up the hill and refrozen as it was pretty bomber and would be great in the gullies. There was a bit of fresh snow being blown around so exiting gullies could well not be on bomber safe neve.

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