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Friday, 26 February 2010

Lots of digging required!





Lots of digging to get food supplies by people, birds and animals... It's also worth noting that some commodities are low in the shops as the lorries haven't been able to resupply due to the blocked roads.
The A9 has now reopened though the strong winds will no doubt continue to cause problems with drifting. Please check the latest road and ski area reports before travelling.
If you can get to the hills it will be hard work floundering through the thigh and waist deep drifts. The avalanche risk will be very high too so please check the SAIS website. The Cairngorm Ski Area will NOT open tomorrow according to the notice on their website, see below.

"MOUNTAIN CLOSED FRIDAY- STORMBOUND.
WE WILL NOT BE OPEN SATURDAY AS WE HAVE A MAJOR OPERATION TO CLEAR OUR ROADS, CARPARKS, BUILDINGS AND SEVERE DRIFTING ON THE MOUNTAIN.


Most of the highlands was cut off yesterday and emails wondering why we are not open should not expect a response. The team will continue to work flat out in order to open uplift as soon as it is both safe and feasible to do so. Please do not travel to the mountain without checking the website or listening to MFR for updates.
There has been very heavy snowfall over the last couple of days, up to 2 metres. Strong winds and severe drifting are still preventing us access above Car Park level..."

Check Cairngorm Mountains website for future updates here

The good news is the forest ski trails will be fantastic once trail broken and the mountain pistes awesome once the ski area is dug out. There is also a fair bit of thick ice forming in places too.

See also Fi's blog here for conditions in Aviemore and from the last few days up in the Cairngorms.

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