Highlands & Islands

Scottish avalanche service to wind down latest season

Cairngorm Plateau Image copyright SAIS Northern Cairngorms
Image caption Walkers on the Cairngorm Plateau earlier this year

The Scottish Avalanche Information Service (SAIS) is to issue its last daily reports of its latest season this weekend.

Every winter, SAIS assesses avalanche hazards in six mountain areas.

They are Lochaber, Glen Coe, Creag Meagaidh, Southern Cairngorms, Northern Cairngorms and Torridon.

Southern Cairngorms Image copyright SAIS Southern Cairngorms
Image caption Hillwalkers, climbers and skiers use information provided by SAIS
Corrie Fionn Image copyright SAIS Southern Cairngorms
Image caption Avalanche debris in the Southern Cairngorms

SAIS provides daily information on the stability of snowpack in the six areas from December until mid-April.

Hillwalkers, climbers and skiers use the information to help them plan trips into some of Scotland's highest hills and mountains.

The latest season began on 15 December and the last daily reports are to be issued on Sunday.

Glen Coe Image copyright SAIS Glencoe
Image caption Glen Coe is one of the six mountain areas monitored by the service
Avalanche debris at Lochnagar Image copyright SAIS Southern Cairngorms
Image caption Avalanche debris at Lochnagar

After that, SAIS plans to provide general advice on potential avalanche risk until there is no longer deemed to be a likelihood of the snow slides.

More than 210 avalanches have been recorded by SAIS so far this season.

A total of 90 avalanches were recorded by last season, SAIS' lowest number of recorded avalanches in almost 10 years.

Boarder in Southern Cairngorms Image copyright SAIS Southern Cairngorms
Image caption A snowboarder in the Southern Cairngorms

All images are copyright of SAIS.

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