Avalanche Information for the Scottish Mountains


Be Alert to Early Winter Snowpack Instabilities

Issued Thursday 6 December. Mild then becoming colder in the next days. Very strong winds and frequent snow showers, sometimes heavy, will affect all highland mountain areas. Mostly the snow cover will be thin, and wind exposed slopes will be scoured and bare. However, accumulations of fresh snow will continue to develop due to heavy drifting, gradually deepening in wind sheltered locations at higher elevations. Above 900m, all Northerly to Easterly facing slopes will increasingly be affected as winds veer. Where deposits are deep, snow pack instabilities can be expected with the potential for avalanche release from human activity possible. Daily Avalanche Information Reports for the 6 operational areas of Lochaber, Glencoe, Creag Meagaidh, Southern Cairngorms , Northern Cairngorms and Torridon area will be issued from Friday 14th Dec 2018.

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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.

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