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Date set for Scottish avalanche reporting season

image copyrightSAIS Southern Cairngorms
image captionAvalanche debris in the Southern Cairngorms last winter

The new Scottish Avalanche Information Service (SAIS) season is to start on 14 December.

Every winter, SAIS assesses avalanche hazards and provides daily information on the stability of snowpack in the six mountain areas.

The areas are Lochaber, Glen Coe, Creag Meagaidh, Southern Cairngorms, Northern Cairngorms and Torridon.

Hillwalkers, climbers and skiers use the information to help them plan trips.

image copyrightSAIS Northern Cairngorms
image captionWalkers on the Cairngorm Plateau last winter

SAIS said weekend reports could be issued for two of the highest mountain areas, Northern Cairngorms and Lochaber, before 14 December if the conditions require that.

More than 210 avalanches were recorded by SAIS last season.

A total of 90 avalanches were recorded in 2016-17, SAIS' lowest number of recorded avalanches in almost 10 years.

image copyrightSAIS Glencoe
image captionGlen Coe is one of the six mountain areas monitored by the service

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