/ Snowline on Ben Nevis
Skiing Tower Gully?
I wouldn't need snow all the way down for that.
Do you know where the snowline is, though?
Took two seconds with Google for you
Ah, the cloud's lifted a bit. The reason I asked the question because there was nothing visible on there.
It would still be useful if someone could actually tell me what height the snowline is on Ben Nevis.
So... er... <cough> does anyone happen to know what height the snowline is on Ben Nevis?
<tumbleweed blowing leftwards>
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If it's any use, on Weds, it was down to the CIC hut on that side and where the Red Burn meets the path on t'other (not withstanding that the Ben has more than two sides, but those are the two I was on).
Mind, none of that would be very pleasant to ski as was all denture-loosening neve.
ooh look! Someone's actually answered the question!
The webcam just got a clear shot of Aonach Mor: the snowline is at about 650-700m. It's a fairly thin dusting of new snow, though: skiable cover will be more patchy.
I think it's pretty clear that my Project isn't on tomorrow, anyway.
Out of curiosity, what was/is this "Project"? Shrouds of secrecy respected if it's something new, but guessing that's unlikely given the location.
It was just to ski the Ben from the top to the bottom. "Bottom" meaning sea-level, or as close as I can manage.
Which isn't on tomorrow, because clearly I'll get nowhere near sea-level.
What route would you take (snow conditions/cover being equal)? Red burn, then down into Glen Nevis near the tourist path, or skin up to the North of Meall an t-Suidhe and descend behind the aluminium plant? Or something else entirely?
Yes to Red Burn, then, if there was snow everywhere, I think (without having looked closely at all the actual terrain except on a map) I might try and go left all the way round Meall an t-Suidhe from the Halfway Lochan, perhaps ending up near the Ben Nevis Inn. But as I say that's speculative--it depends how feasible a long descending contour round Meall an t-Suidhe would be.
A different project altogether would be to ski down the back--descend towards the CMD arete then use the long slope down to Glen Nevis. Or indeed go up CMD and ski more or less to the Aonach Mor gondola...
I can't see that ever being skiable: it's steep, rocky and cut by stream gullies. Going right at the lochan and heading for the road behind the distillery might work, though.
Yes, I thought it might be non-viable. It's hard to tell from the map, but from memory and photos I thought it might not work.
Going behind the distillery would get you into the forests and bogs of the old Allt a'Mhuillin path...
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