Out today with Nettle, Jacqueline, David, Paul, Lorna, Janet and Merrin doing a winter skills day in the Drumochter area.
The weather was stunning with cold air temperatures, but wall to wall sunshine and feeling pretty warm in the sun. Sun cream and shades a must today.
Old snow below 800m was firm and well consolidated with an amazing layer of surface hoar crystals circa 10cm thick, as a result of the prolonged cold weather over the last few days. Only small amounts of recent wind transfer of snow at these levels so just the odd pocket of very thin wind slab on top of the surface hoar, but this layer will be worth thinking about if there’s any fresh snow or wind transport. Below freezing all day at all levels in the shade. Some softening of the surface hoar on slopes in the sun during the day. Hardly any noticeable wind.