It has been a little while since a conditions update was posted – sorry we’ve been away climbing.
There has been a surprising amount of unsettled weather the last 3 weeks. Very unusual for this time of year. A fair amount of snow fell in the Cordillera Real accompanied by strong westerly/north westerly winds over this period. This has improved base snow conditions in some ways – preventing the usual late season Nieve penitente formation somewhat, in some cases improving glacier travel by filling/covering crevasses and sending locals out to ski and snowboard spots that had got a bit icy to be pleasant. On eastern aspects the new snow generally compacted and iced up fairly quickly while on southern aspects this has happened quite unevenly, with firm cramponing interspersed with annoying wind crust and occasional deep drifts of powder.