Winter Climbing Conditions

Mountain Weather UK Mobile App

MWUK provides 5-day regional and specific mountain weather forecasts, observations, warnings and synoptic weather maps for all UK mountain areas.

Get 5-day forecasts for all UK mountain regions providing daily forecast summaries, 3 hourly forecasts, freezing levels, high and low level temperatures, wind speed, wind direction, visibility, hill fog and mountain hazards.

View weather forecasts maps and synoptic charts for Rain, Cloud, Temperature and Pressure for the next 3 days so you can assess the weather conditions before you head out.

Analyse observation data from mountain area weather stations over the last 24 hours, including temperature, wind speed, gusts & direction, visibility and pressure.

MWUK also provides easy access website links to essential mountain services such as the Mountain Weather Information Service (MWIS) and the Scottish Avalanche Information Service (SAIS).

All these are an essential part of assessing mountain weather conditions in the UK. Always check the Mountain Weather UK app before you head out on the hills.

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SAIS Avalanche Forecast

Run by those hardy guys who go out every day to check out the avalanche risk in all the major climbing areas, this is an excellent source of information to us all.

They publish the daily forecasts of the avalanche, snow, and climbing conditions at 5 climbing areas of Scotland during the season. Not only giving avalanche risk but also providing comments on the climbing conditions and ice build-up in all the major climbing areas. Always come here before you go out there.

SAIS Blogs

The SAIS teams have also run blogs for each of the climbing areas. Here you will find regular reports from each team together with photos of the latest conditions. Below are links to each of these blogs

SAIS Lochaber Blog

SAIS Glencoe Blog

SAIS Northern Cairngorms Blog

SAIS Southern Cairngorms Blog

SAIS Creag Meagaidh Blog

SAIS Torridon Blog

Mountain Weather Information Service (MWIS)

Regarded as probably the most accurate 3 day mountain forecast available.

Providing forecasts for 8 different mountain areas of the UK you should always read it the night before you set out.

The West Highlands

The East Highlands

Northwest Highlands

Lake District


Lakes Weatherline

Probably the best source for the latest lakes weather and fell conditions. Each winter, usually from December to March, the Fell top assessors walk up Helvellyn to check conditions and take photos.

Talisman Mountain Diary Blog

Since 1998 seasoned Mountain Instructor Ron Walker has been providing reliable and popular winter climbing conditions reports and photos. Formally available at Winternet-Scotland Ron now post his reports on the Talisman Mountain Diary Blog which also includes regular video footage.

West Coast Mountain Guides Conditions Blog

For 25 years Alan Kimber ran West Coast Mountain Guides until April 2013 when he handled over to instructor and guide Bruce Poll. The Blog provides one of the best winter conditions reports available. The climbing guides are out on a regular basis through the season in the Lochaber area and other locations to the West. For up to date reports on venues like Ben Nevis and Aonach Mor these reports are excellent.

Abacus Mountaineering Winter Conditions Reports

Mike Prescot runs a similar service from Abacus Mountaineering providing up to date reports on The Ben, Aonach Mor and beyond. Check his reports for the very latest conditions in these areas.

ScottishWinter Conditions Reports

Simon Richardson runs this excellent blog which he's says celebrates the wild and whacky world of Scottish winter climbing. He posts details about significant and exciting ascents through the season – mainly new routes and repeats.

Martin Moran's Blog

Martin Moran is one of Britain's most experienced Mountain Guides. Martin regularly teams up with talented climber Pete Macpherson and together they are renowned for putting up many first winter ascents. Here you will find Martins account of climbs on his blog.

Mountain Motion Condition Reports Blog 

Mountain Motion is a small independent mountaineering company based in Fort William run by Richard Bentley. Richard is now providing two blogs, one for general winter conditions and another specifically for Ben Nevis.

Richard Bentley's Ben Nevis Winter Conditions Blog

UKClimbing Winter climbing forum

The Winter Conditions forum from UKClimbing.

UKC Winter Conditions Logbook Reports

This Winter Conditions page gives a summary of what is being climbed at the moment, what is 'in' nick and what the prospects are. All the winter climbs done by users in their UKC climbing logbooks over the past 5 days are shown - click on the route name to find details of all the recent ascents, the map shows the locations of the crags where routes are being done.

Winterhighland General Situation

A great source of information for both climbing and skiing the 'General Situation', providing one of the best local knowledge reports for current and forecast conditions in areas around Scotland.

Winterhighland UK Ice Climbing Server

This excellent service allows climbers to share useful information on winter climbing conditions by posting reports of your routes together with photos.

Glencoe Mountaineer

Originally started by Alex Roddie his brother James Roddie now contributes regularly to this blog. James is based in the Cairngorms so most of the reports are in the East.

Alpha Mountaineering Conditions Page

Alpha Mountaineering are out climbing on a regular basis and provide up to date reports of local conditions.

Alan Halewood's Blog

Alan Halewood is an active freelance Mountaineering Instructor based in Fort William working for Glenmore Lodge. This is his blog.

Guy Steven's Blog

Guy Steven is a full time Mountaineering Instructor. This is his own personal climbing blog.

James Thacker - Mountaineering Reports Blog

James Thacker Mountaineering are based in the Peak District offering all aspects of rock climbing, mountaineering instruction and guiding. James posts regular climbing reports on his blog, providing useful information on climbing conditions both summer and winter.

James Edwards - High Mountaineering Blog

James Edwards provides regular reports on his High Mountaineering blog throughout the season.

Andy Turner Climbing Blog

Andy Turner is one of the UK's best winter climbers and has many first ascents to his name along with a host of second ascents of the hardest mixed lines in the UK. This is his own personal blog.

Hunter Mountaineering Blog

Based in Fort William Mountain instructor Max Hunter provides this regular climbing blog.

Kirkhope Mountaineering Blog

Kirkhope Mountaineering are also based in Fort William. This is their climbing blog.

Apple Mountaineering Blog

Apple Mountaineering are another Fort William based Mountain Guides company with their own blog.

Dan Goodwin's Blog

Dan works in the Highlands providing mountaineering guiding and instruction. This is his blog.

Ecosse Mountains Winter Climbing Conditions

Ecosse Mountains, based in Aviemore, provide winter conditions reports for the Cairngorms and regular images of the Northern Corries.

Skye Guides Blog

Makes Lates Sky Guides Blog. Everything you need to know for winter climbing conditions in The Cullins on The Isle of Skye.

Lakeland Ascents Blog

Lakeland Ascents is owned by Si Withington, an instructor based in the South Lakes. This is his blog providing regular updates on winter climbing conditions in the Lakes and reports from Scotland.

ClimbNow - Winter Climbing Conditions Reports

Paul Warnock and Euan Whittaker are experienced Mountain Instructors based in central Scotland. Their website ClimbNow provides regular winter climbing conditions reports throughout the season.

Mountain Active - Winter Climbing Conditions Blog

Mountain Active is run by Davy Virdee and Andrew Briggs based in Edinburgh and they provide a Winter Climbing Conditions blog on their website.

Hughes Mountaineering - Climbing Blog

Adam Hughes and Matt Stygall's climbing blog for Hughes Mountaineering

Sandy Peterson's Mountaineering Blog

Mountain Instructor Sandy Peterson provides this very useful blog on his website where he reports winter climbing conditions throughout the season.

Focus Mountaineering Blog

Mountain Instructor Andy Wardle provides this very useful blog where he reports winter climbing conditions throughout the season.

TeamAscent Blog

Allan Sandy is a qualified International Mountain Guide based in Newtonmore. This is his regular blog on conditions and climbing activities.

Ian Parnell's Blog

Climber and Photographer Ian Parnell's Blog.

Chicks Unleashed Blog

Chicks Unleashed was set up in 2003 by Rosie Goolden to support & encourage women in their passion for the mountains. Rosie provides regular winter climbing reports on her Clicks Unleashed Blog.

Real Adventure's Winter Conditions Blog

Real Adventure's is an outdoor adventure company based in the Lakes run by Dan Robinson and Co. This is their blog.

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