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Scottish Avalanche Forecasts start for winter 20/21

Avalanche hazard warnings will be produced daily for all Scottish mountain areas from today Friday 11 December.

Forecasts will be provided by the Scottish Avalanche Information Service (SAIS) for the following areas: Lochaber, Glen Coe, Creag Meagaidh, Southern Cairngorms, Northern Cairngorms and Torridon until mid April.

As well as providing detailed daily forecasts which hillwalkers can use in combination with weather reports to plan their routes, the SAIS builds up a record of avalanche activity across Scotland. Last season there were 241 avalanches, 27 of them human triggered and one fatality; the previous year there were three deaths.

Hillwalkers and climbers are asked to report any avalanches they witness to the SAIS via the website where the daily reports can also be viewed, or download the Be Avalanche Aware app which has lots of avalanche information for hillwalkers as well as the forecasts.

Recently SAIS co-ordinator Mark Diggins answered questions on avalanches posed by Walkhighlands users – read it here.

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