Ski centres open amid avalanche fears
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