Sunshine and showers

24th March 2024

It was mainly dry today with a couple of light snow showers. Light winds made it a pleasant day.

The snowpack is slowly consolidating but instabilities are still present in deeper accumulations of recent windslab. Debris was observed from a small avalanche which was probably cornice triggered yesterday. There was also quite a lot of roller ball activity as snow fell from rocks that were heating up in the sun. Areas of exposed old snow are firm.

Cornices remain an issue. The older ones are reasonably frozen and stable but newer ones are fragile. I some places it’s difficult to tell especially from above as newer cornices have formed on top of older ones.

Photos from Aonach Mor.

Looking down Easy Gully.


Looking down the Goose during a snow flurry.


Significant snow deposits in the shelter of the snow fence.


Coire Dubh. Some avalanche debris from yesterday and some sloughing from snow on rocks in the sun today.


Coire Dubh and Climbers Col.


Some large cornices are present.


Cornice above Coire an Lochan.

This cornice has collapsed but remains in a precarious looking position.


Carn Mor Dearg and Ben Nevis.

Thanks to an off-duty forecaster for the photo below.

Number 3 Gully area, Ben Nevis.

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