I'm working a course at Outward Bound this week so no climbing for me but when they said they wanted to walk up to the snow it gave me an opportunity to have a look at conditions. So things seem to be shaping up nicely at the moment, the steeper mixed lines on the Ben are in good condition at the moment with routes being climbed on South Trident Buttress, Creag Coire na Ciste and No.3 Gully Buttress. The ridges look to be in good condition too but there is still some unconsolidated snow around so there might be a bit more digging involved and slightly slower going. Guy and Donald were up climbing today and I'm sure Guy's blog will have some more info soon.
Looking into Observatory gully.
The Combe and No.3 Gully Buttress.
Creag Coire na Ciste.
As for the future, some of the big ice lines are either complete or very close to at the moment but I wouldn't think the climbing would be to much fun at the moment, maybe after a couple more freeze/thaw cycles. The cold weather looks like it should be with us for the next week or so and with some more snow forecast to come our way but that is still a few days away so may well change.