Lean conditions but still snow to go at, just. #winterskills #skitouring #winterclimbing

3rd February 2020

There's no getting away from how fickle and lean conditions have been so far this season. The general pattern has been for cold snaps followed by warm weather that has stripped away lots of snow. The effect of this is the base of snow that normally forms is massively reduced in size and the freezing level is higher than usual.

We've been lucky when the weather has turned cold just in time and has brought in snow when we've needed it. Equally though, we've been unfortunate and had to cancel some ski touring and climbing courses as there just hasn't been enough winter. 

When conditions are tough like this, the two things that make delivering good quality training possible are having experienced guides with local knowledge and clients who understand the challenges. Already this winter we've had over 100 clients out on about 40 different cousres, and we've had very positive feedback. 

It's cold at the moment but will warm towards the weekend, the pattern continues.....

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