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Last avalanche forecast issued for season

Avalanche (Photo: MCofS)

Avalanche (Photo: MCofS)

The final avalanche forecast from the Scottish Avalanche Information Service has now been issued.

The forecasts usually run from December to the middle of April, dependent on the snow conditions and funding arrangements and cover five areas – Creag Meagaidh, Glencoe, Lochaber, Northern Cairngorms and Southern Cairngorms. This winter forecasts for Torridon were provided on a trail basis. The service is funded by SportScotland.

Although the 20013-14 winter saw the highest number of recorded avalanches, there were no deaths caused by them in the Scottish mountains this year.

Whilst the forecasts have ended for another year, there is still substantial snow and ice cover in places and the danger of cornice collapse is ongoing in places – full winter mountaineering equipment including crampons and ice axes will still be needed on some routes.

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