Ski cen­tres open amid avalanche fears

The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) - - News -

Scot­land’s win­ter sports cen­tres are all hop­ing to be open for skiers and snow­board­ers this week­end

Ex­perts, how­ever, warned of a “con­sid­er­able” risk of avalanche at all but one of Scot­land’s mon­i­tored moun­tain ar­eas.

The num­ber of avalanches in the High­lands dropped last sea­son – but there were still five deaths linked to them.

The vi­tal warn­ing ser­vice run by the Scot­tish Avalanche In­for­ma­tion Ser­vice pro­vides climbers and hill­walk­ers with the avalanche risk on Scot­land’s moun­tains.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion is­sues daily re­ports for Lochaber, Glen­coe, Creag Mea­gaidh, the Cairn­gorms and Tor­ri­don.

Only Tor­ri­don in the north-west High­lands es­caped yes­ter­day’s avalanche warn­ing.

SAIS fore­cast­ers recorded fewer avalanches last year than the pre­vi­ous win­ter, 205 com­pared with 237.

But more than 100 walk­ers and climbers were in­volved in avalanche in­ci­dents.

Three peo­ple died in avalanches dur­ing a 10day pe­riod last Fe­bru­ary.

SAIS said 159 avalanches were nat­u­ral while 46 in­ci­dents were trig­gered by peo­ple.

SNOW FUN: Peter and Mon­ica Kra­lik from Bris­tol en­joy­ing the snow in Drum­nadro­chit

A jack­knifed lorry on the A9 near the Dru­mochter Pass yes­ter­day

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