Scotland’s best backcountry skiers take on Lawers of Gravity
Heavy snow is falling on the slopes of Meall nan Tarmachan, on the north shore of Loch Tay. Five minutes ago the mountain was bathed in warm spring sunshine, as were the nearby peaks of Ben Lawers and Beinn Ghlas, but now wet flakes the size of 10p pieces are swirling in on a brisk nor-westerly, and it’s hard to see more than a hundred metres in any direction. Looking back down the hill, I can no longer make out the loch, or even the thin squiggle of the single-track road that brought us here. All I can see is a long line of skiers and snowboarders, heads bowed, gear strapped to their backs, slowly slogging upwards into the blizzard.

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