Deteriorating after a good start

18th December 2019

Clear skies this morning but the wind soon picked up from the South-East and then the cloud arrived. There is quite a lot of soft snow about and it was being redistributed by the wind onto West to North aspects.

Blue skies first thing this morning. This is looking up Warrens ski run at Nevis Range.

Stob Coire a’ Chearcaill in the sun this morning. The snow line is around 450 metres.

Nevis Range only had the gondola running today but this gives access to the snow and there were plenty of ski tourers making the most of it. Other ski lifts are due to open from tomorrow (weather permitting).

Looking down Aonach an Nid. The snow was blowing from right to left.

This soft windslab, triggered by a single skier (me), only moved about 10 centimetres but the crack propagated across the slope for around 20metres. The slab was around 15 centimetres thick and was on a North-West aspect at 800 metres.

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