Avalanche Information for the Scottish Mountains

DAILY Avalanche forecasts end for the 2015/16 winter season

Weekend avalanche forecasts will be issued for Lochaber and the Northern Cairngorms on friday 6th and 7th May. We recommend that mountain goers venturing into the hills continue to observe weather forecasts prior to their excursions, and visual observations of conditions during their trip. This information is important in making good plans and allowing for flexible decision making when in the mountains and hills. Late winter snow conditions above 1000m on North through East to South facing slopes in the Cairngorms and Ben Nevis/ Aonach Mor areas may present a hazard, additionally, isolated snow fields remain on North to East aspects above 750 m in most areas and will continue to present a slipping and falling hazard if firm and icy. Cornices are a hazard on some slopes, these are unpredictable and prone to collapse if newly formed. The potential for full depth avalanches due to snow creep producing Glide cracks in deeper accumulations on steep East facing slopes also present an unpredictable hazard. We would like to thank you for your support over the winter and wish you an enjoyable summer. With thanks from the SAIS forecaster team.

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General Information

We publish daily reports of observed and forecast, avalanche, snow, and mountain conditions at the 5 most popular areas of Scotland during the season. With a continuing pilot period for the Torridon area.

You can find out more about Avalanches or, about Forecasts or, about the SAIS by clicking on the relevant index link on this page.

We keep an archive of all forecasts since 1993 which is browse-able and download-able.

Reporting an avalanche, especially if witnessed,  provides valuable stability information which can be used to help all mountain users with their decision making process and, which also provides essential data for avalanche research. We encourage anyone who sees an avalanche to help the SAIS by Reporting an Avalanche using our on-line form.

Please feel free to send us your Comments or Questions.

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