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Friday, 19 December 2008

Wild and wintry

STOP PRESS: Friday 19 December WEATHER WARNING Winds gusting to storm force, 70-85mph, are expected in Northern Scotland and the Northern Isles. Northeast England likely to experience 55 to 65mph gusts for a time. Valid until 0600GMT

Fresh snow this morning in Aviemore and very stormy weather throughout today. The ski road was closed today due to drifting snow. There's a high Cat 4 avalanche risk forecast for Saturday. See http://www.sais.gov.uk/page_northern%20cairngorms.asp
The winds are doing a good job at the moment so fingers crossed that they blow all the snow into the right places for continued skiing and climbing over the Christmas and New Year holidays...!
Despite the financial doom and gloom our festive Winter Mountaineering skills courses based in Aviemore are still proving very popular. We now have the best start to the winter season in December for over thirty years - or so I am told..! So don't miss out on this winter bonanza.
We have now added several extra Wnter Skills places and an additional New Year (Hogmanay) Winter Mountaineering course. Places are filling up as I type...! See the BBC report and video at http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7791250.stm
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