There are various ways to enjoy the hills safely in winter, nowadays we are very lucky to have so many ways to educate us. Every year we enjoy such easy access to information and education by the internet and various courses.
There are still a few still do not take advantage of these hard-fought for resources. The Avalanche forecast starts soon on the 11 December and I advise all lovers of the winter wild places to check this information before going out and keeping an eye on conditions throughout the winter. The Scottish Avalanche Information Service is made up of some of our most skilled mountaineers and skiers who carry out mainly daily observations to advise us on the snow conditions. Please use this service and why not attend an Avalanche Course and learn about the conditions and how to travel safely in the mountains. Many now climb, walk ski and snowboard in wild winter terrain where help is a long way off. Do you carry and any Avalanche safety gear and would you know what to do if it all goes wrong? If it does happen and you are a survivor it may be up to you and your actions the outcome of your avalanched or buried friends. We spend hundreds of pounds on our gear what about a bit of training or education in Avalanche awareness there are many great people about who can help however experienced you think you are. We owe this to those who wait at home.
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.
General Information – http://www.sais.gov.uk/
We publish the daily forecasts of the avalanche, snow, and mountain conditions at the 5 most popular areas of Scotland during the season.
Avalanche risk forecasts for Scotland’s highest mountains will resume later this month.
The Sportscotland Avalanche Information Service (SAIS) provides the forecasts for walkers, climbers and skiers from December to early April.
It will begin the service for
Lochaber, Glencoe, Creag Meagaidh, Southern Cairngorms and Northern Cairngorms on 11 December.
Forecasts for Torridon will start on 24 December.
There were 350 avalanches recorded last winter.
Of this number, 325 of the snow slides occurred naturally and 25 were incidents triggered by people. There were no avalanche-related deaths.
During the winter of 2012-13, eight people died because of avalanches. It was the highest number of deaths in five seasons of SAIS forecasts.
Maybe an idea for a Christmas present for that avid winter hill lover some winter training in Avalanche awareness or this book ?