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Thursday, 25 February 2010

High avalanche risk and snowed in!

A lot of snow has fallen in the past 24 hours blocking many roads throughout the Highlands. The Cairngorm ski area was stormbound today with the access roads and the funicular buried. Travel on foot is arduous with knee, thigh and waist deep snow. Journey times on foot (even with snowshoes and skis!) are taking about four times as long in the lower tracks of the Cairngorm and Glenmore areas due to the deep soft snow. If you can reach them the avalanche risk in the Cairngorms is very very high due to the stormy conditions and the amount of fresh snow that has fallen onto the now buried surface hoar. See the Cairngorm SAIS avalanche reports here
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