Saturday, 18 December 2010
It has been snowing on and off for the last 36 hours in Fort William which has left about 4-5inches of snow at sea level. I went up onto Nevis Range this morning with a few friends to get the first boarding of the season. There is a good early season cover up there for skiing but you still have to dodge a few boulders. There are ares of loosely bonded windslab deposited on all of the expected places. The snow fell with very little wind but today at the summit there was a lot of snow being shifted about on a variable wind direction. I had a quick look over at the East face which didn't look as white as i was expecting but some soft cornices were starting to form. I did see one team heading round to the West face but that was it. Probably better going for the lower level ice for the next few days unless you're willing to break trail the whole way.