/ Fort William
I'm afraid it is completely a how long is a piece of string type question!!
I have climbed Tower Ridge in February with barely any snow on it at all, and been on the Ben at the start of May ice climbing...
I think you will often find a lot of snow left on Tower Ridge at the start of April though, and many of the higher ice routes are great at that time (ignoring the last 2 years here).
If you need a definitive answer then my bold prediction is that we are going to have one of the best late seasons for years, with Point 5 being climbed on Star Wars Day. This is based on nothing other than sheer optimism.
What the man said above. I did Gardyloo the first week in May this year, with complete cover from just below Obs Ridge, but you could be rock climbing!
Couple of blog entries from 2010 here:
It's the old crystal ball question ha ha , will take all kit when we go and suck and see. Looking forward to cairngorms next month. I'm sure there will be snow and ice with clear blue skies and zero wind the week I go.
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