Nettle and I were out for a ski tour in the hills above Glen Feshie yesterday. From the parking before Auchlean we carried our skis up to about 850m. There was good cover on the plateau and once on the skis stayed on except to nip a few metres to the odd scoured summit. Our tour took in the tops of Meall Dubhag, Mullach Clach a’Bhlair, Tom Dubh, Monadh Mor and Carn Ban Mor before a delightful descent of Coire Gorm down to around 600m. The descent of Coire Gorm was paid for by some trackless heather bashing to regain the path, but was well worth it.
It was a general light thaw with sunshine to begin, then cloud, mostly above the tops, and a little rain/sleet towards the end of the day. The snow underfoot was damp and soft with skis definitely aiding travel on the plateau. There will still be some snow instabilities on steep slopes and there are large cornices around, which need to be considered in the thawing conditions.