History of the Service
The Scottish Avalanche Information Service (SAIS) brings you daily forecasts of the avalanche hazard for the 6 most popular areas of Scotland during the most popular period of the winter season.
History of the Web Site:
The Scottish Avalanche Project began in 1988 as an avalanche forecasting service funded by the Scottish Sports Council and operating in 2 areas, Glencoe and the North Cairngorms. This ran for 2 winters, with the addition in 1989-90 of Lochaber and a weekend pilot scheme on Lochnagar. After this the Project was permanently adopted by the Scottish Sports Council and became the Scottish Avalanche Information Service.
The website was continued and with the addition of South Cairngorms and Creag Meagaidh in winter 1996-7 and the re-naming of the Scottish Sports Council, the operation became the sportscotland Avalanche Information Service. In 2014 Torridon and its surrounding region became a forecast area bring the total number to 6. The website has grown to become the main source of dissemination of the Snow and Avalanche Reports, with over 3,000 visits on a busy winter’s day.