New avalanche forecasts tested in Highlands

Torridon resized. Credit David Batty TMS
The Scottish Avalanche Information Service (SAIS) are set to trial a new avalanche forecast for Torridon in the Northwest Highlands this winter.

Forecasts will run intermittently from December to February, giving climbers and winter hillwalkers warnings of avalanches north of the Great Glen, in an attempt to make winter walking even safer. Currently, the SAIS provide daily winter avalanche forecasts for nearby regions including Glen Coe, Lochaber, Creag Meagaidh, and the Northern and Southern Cairngorms, but this is the first time the service will cover the Torridon area, chosen due to its high concentration of winter climbers.

The SAIS commented: ”We would also recommend [that] avalanche hazard considerations should always be part of any winter hill goers daily plans and we would recommend that climbers, walkers and off-piste skiers currently venturing into the hills, continue to note snow and weather conditions in respect of any potential avalanche hazard. Be prepared to modify your plans accordingly.”

As of December 24 the service will run for limited periods, with dates of coverage including 24 – 29 Dec, 1 – 5 Jan, 10 – 12 Jan, 31 Jan – 2 Feb, and 14 – 22 Feb. Forecasts for nearby regions will begin on December 12 this year.


Photo Credit: David Batty, The Munro Society

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