The snow has retreated up the fellsides but there's still deep drifts. It was colder on Suday when we climbed Ullscarf from Thirlmere via Harrop Tarn and Ullscarf Gill. I love the walk across the Thirlmere flank with the stream for company . As we gained altitude it disappeared beneath the snow, choked with drifts. Lower down the snow would not support our weight and we sank to our knees at every step. Further up the snow was firmer. We arrived at the deserted summit in thick mist with a light snow falling. Careful navigation was needed to avoid Standing Crag (above) and drop down into the Blea Water basin. It was then a simple matter to reach the col and drop down to the other side of Harrop Tarn.
Climbing steel Fell on Sunday. The snow was still deep in places but was very wet. We were going to come back down the valley but it looked to be full of slushy deep snow so we came back down the ridge.
On one of the coldest days this year we went to the ski run on Raise. After a few runs we skiied down into Keppel Cove. From there we managed to ski all the way back to the car which was parked at Glennridding.