Highlands & Islands

Evidence of huge avalanche recorded in Cairngorms

The largest avalanche recorded by the Sportscotland Avalanche Information Service so far this season has been discovered in the Southern Cairngorms.

A member of staff at Glenshee Ski Centre alerted SAIS to the slide on Glas Tulaichean, a 3,448ft (1,051m) Munro.

SAIS Southern Cairngorms said the full depth avalanche was filled with mud, rocks and large blocks of snow.

Another large slide was recorded at Creag Meagaidh in February.

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Image caption The avalanche on Glas Tulaichean
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Image caption SAIS said the slide was the largest it has recorded so far this season
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Image caption A clean block of snow amid the mud and rocks in the avalanche debris
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Image caption Debris from the avalanche
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Image caption Snow in a gully on the Munro shows the depth snow gathered to before the avalanche

The Sportscotland Avalanche Information Service (SAIS) provides avalanche hazard information reports for walkers, climbers and skiers from December to early April.

The service covers hills and mountains in Lochaber, Glencoe, Creag Meagaidh, Southern Cairngorms, Northern Cairngorms and Torridon.

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