Avalanche Information for the Scottish Mountains

DAILY Avalanche forecasts end for the 2016/17 winter season

Avalanche forecasts and Mountain information has ended for this winter. However we recommend that mountain goers currently 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. Please Note: Current cold conditions and new snow may present localised instabilities and hazard, especially in steep wind sheltered places where accumulations become deeper on South-East to South-West facing slopes above 900m. Northerly mountain ranges will be most affected. Late winter firm snow conditions will persist above 1000m on North to East facing slopes mostly in the Cairngorms and Ben Nevis/ Aonach Mor, these areas may present a hazard and will continue to present a slipping and falling hazard if firm and icy. Cornices may also be a hazard on some slopes with collapse possible during warm spring conditions. 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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Recorded Avalanche Activity

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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