Highlands & Islands

Dates set for Scottish avalanche information reports

Cornice Image copyright SAIS lochaber
Image caption Forecasts for Lochaber, Glencoe, Creag Meagaidh, and Cairngorms will start next week

Avalanche hazard information reports for Scotland's highest mountains will resume later this month.

The Sportscotland Avalanche Information Service (SAIS) provides the forecasts for walkers, climbers and skiers from December to early April.

It will begin the service for Lochaber, Glencoe, Creag Meagaidh, Southern Cairngorms and Northern Cairngorms on 11 December.

Forecasts for Torridon will start on 24 December.

There were 350 avalanches recorded last winter.

Of this number, 325 of the snow slides occurred naturally and 25 were incidents triggered by people. There were no avalanche-related deaths.

During the winter of 2012-13, eight people died because of avalanches. It was the highest number of deaths in five seasons of SAIS forecasts.

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