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Avalanche service starts limited forecasts due to early snow

In view of the current snow cover and weather forecast the Scottish Avalanche Information Service (SAIS) will be providing weekend Avalanche Hazard reports for the Lochaber and Northern Cairngorms areas until the full service starts on the 16th December 2010.

View the current forecasts for Northern Cairngorms and Lochaber at the SAIS website. There is heavy snowfall in these areas, particularly the Northern Cairngorms, and the avalanche risk should be assessed before planning a route. An early avalanche in the Cairngorms was captured on film and posted on the Walkhighlands forum ealier in November, the footage can be viewed here.

The SAIS website has a wealth of useful information on avalanche risk and how to read the forecasts to pick the best routes and know which ones to avoid. From 16 December the SAIS will issue avalanche hazard forecasts for the five main climbing areas of Scotland.

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