A thaw refreeze - just what the doctor ordered!
It's been fairly mild over the past few days stripping back the low level cover and revealing all the tree and property damage caused by the heavy deep snow over the past six weeks.
Up on Cairngorm Mountain the ski area staff have been busy clearing the link road cutting through the impressive two to three metre plus drifts. The Coire Ciste and Coire Cas ski runs now have absolutely superb cover on the lower mountain with the Ciste Gully back to the carpark and down to Glenmore looking the best for two decades or more!
Coire an t-Sneachda was again very busy today with all the winter skills and climbing courses that are now into full swing.
The complete snow cover has now melted back a bit to reveal some excellent ice in the Northern Corries and especially over the plateau in the Loch Avon basin.
Climbing condition are possibly the best for over a decade with many routes being in good well banked out nick and a lot easier than normal - assuming you can find the belays. Hopefully the belays and runners are starting to be uncovered and dug out by the local G Lodge guides and instructors!
The forecast for the next few days is for colder temperatures, wind and even more snow and very icy conditions underfoot where wind scoured!!! Check out the latest SAIS avalanche forecasts.