What an amazing weekend we just had, and especially today. Full on sunshine all day with nearly no wind, great snow cover, good ice climbing and skiing and lots of people out enjoying themselves. I was at Nevis Range skiing with my children where we enjoyed a couple of brilliant runs down the back corries. It seemed like most people skiing there today were doing laps of the back corries and back country runs from the summit. The front of the hill was great for skiing on as well.
Over on Ben Nevis Tamara and Connor enjoyed the sunshine on the CMD Arete and found a good trail in the snow all the way around the ridge. Louisa and Jonathan also found a good trail on Ledge Route on Ben Nevis and a great slide down the Red Burn on the descent! A few big classic ice climbs were enjoyed such as Orion Direct, Hadrian's Wall Direct and Point Five Gully. Tower Ridge was busy and there were a lot of other climbs being enjoyed. The snow stability is better with a couple of days of calm weather and it seems like the approach slopes are OK now in general. What a wonderful weekend in the Outdoor Capital of the UK!
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