New avalanche reports season starts to little snow
The Scottish Avalanche Information Service (SAIS) has begun its latest season.
However, its teams have so far only encountered snow at higher levels in the six mountain areas checked for avalanche hazards.
The start to SAIS' previous season, 2015/16, also saw mild conditions before later periods of wintry weather and avalanches.
Last winter, a total of 109 people were involved in avalanche incidents.
Three people died following avalanches that occurred in a 10-day period in February.
SAIS also believes that two other fatalities during the winter of 2015/16 may also have involved avalanche activity.
Every winter, SAIS assesses avalanche hazards in Torridon, Lochaber, Glen Coe, Creag Meagaidh, Southern Cairngorms and Northern Cairngorms.
It provides information on the stability of snowpack on the mountains from December until mid-April.
Hillwalkers and climbers use the SAIS' reports alongside mountain weather forecasts when planning trips into Scotland's hills.
On the first day of the new season, the SAIS Glencoe team described the conditions in its patch as "mild" and "moist".