Highlands & Islands

Snowy start to new Scottish avalanche season

Lochnagar Image copyright SAIS Southern Cairngorms
Image caption Lochnagar in the Southern Cairngorms on Saturday morning

The Scottish Avalanche Information Service (SAIS) kick off its latest forecasting season with a snowy start last Friday.

Every winter, its teams assess avalanche hazards in six areas.

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

Lochaber Image copyright SAIS Lochaber
Image caption A scene in Lochaber, one of the six mountain areas SAIS assesses
Coire a Chriocharein Image copyright SAIS Creag Meagaidh
Image caption Sunlight strikes Coire a Chriocharein in SAIS Creag Meagaidh's beat
Northern Cairngorms Image copyright SAIS Northern Cairngorms
Image caption Walkers in deep snow in the Northern Cairngorms
Southern Cairngorms Image copyright SAIS Southern Cairngorms
Image caption A wintry scene in the Southern Cairngorms

SAIS provides daily information via a website and a free app on the stability of snowpack on the mountains from December until mid-April.

The start of the latest season saw teams encounter deep snow.

Over the weekend, higher temperatures triggered a thaw, before freezing again, in most of the areas covered by the service.

Four avalanches have been recorded so far this season.

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

Lochnagar Image copyright SAIS Southern Cairngorms
Image caption The main corrie of Lochnagar on Saturday
Southern Cairngorms Image copyright SAIS Southern Cairngorms
Image caption SAIS forecasters will provide daily updates on potential avalanche hazards until about mid-April
Glen Coe Image copyright SAIS Glencoe
Image caption A snowy Glen Coe
Torridon Image copyright SAIS Torridon
Image caption The south Torridon mountains on Friday

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