Avalanche Information for the Scottish Mountains
Start of Season 2023/24 - Be Alert to Early Winter Snowpack Instabilities
A standby avalanche forecast service will be provided mostly for the Northern Cairngorms, Torridon and Lochaber regions during the months of November and early December. In collaboration with Met Office meteorologists, future weather patterns will be monitored. When significant blanket snow cover is likely to be present in the mountains SAIS avalanche forecasters will carry out field observations and produce public avalanche hazard reports. Lochaber reports will be a good reference for the western highland ranges and Northern Cairngorms/ Torridon reports for the north and eastern highland ranges. Daily Avalanche Information Reports for the 6 operational areas of Lochaber, Glencoe, Creag Meagaidh, Southern Cairngorms, Northern Cairngorms and Torridon regions will be issued from Thursday 14th Dec 2023.
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Considerable - Natural avalanches may occur, in some cases large, in isolated cases very large are possible. A single person load is likely to trigger an avalanche on some steep slopes. Good hazard evaluation, visibility and route selection important especially in steep locations as indicated. Careful group management and good spacing is vital. Use mountain features (ridges and scoured slopes etc) to travel safely.