Sunny Day.

20th March 2020

Covid-19 – SAIS general advice regarding mountain activities.
In its daily blogs SAIS forecasters illustrate the mountain landscape with the objective of providing information regarding snow cover and mountain hazards. This information is intended to enable enjoyment of the winter mountains with knowledge and safety and aid decision making and route choice for those planning to visit Scotland’s hills and mountains.
During the current situation with Covid-19 we would encourage all those going outdoors to be mindful of unintended consequences of their actions and the potential impact on medical and rescue personnel. Consider your objectives carefully in relation to current conditions and BE SAFE!
For further information regarding Covid-19 please follow the information provided by Mountaineering Scotland  the British Mountaineering Council  and the  UK Government in respect of understanding your health and potential impact on others.
With grateful thanks the SAIS team
There is pretty extensive snow cover above about 600 metres in Lochaber at the moment. The snow surface is quite variable in consistency at the moment, with some soft dry areas, some really hard and icy area and, particularly on  Southerly aspects , soft and wet snow. Large cornices exist at the tops of many slopes and gullies.

Coire an Lochan this morning.


Ben Nevis and Carn Mor Dearg

A cornice triggered avalanche on a Easterly aspect.

Looking back to Aonach Beag and Aonach Mor

The Mamores with the Glen Coe hills beyonds.

Comments on this post

  • Rory Gibson
    21st March 2020 11:26 am

    Thanks for your great blogs. Thinking of ski touring tomorrow. Is the snow transforming to spring snow or is it still too cold?

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