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SAFOS’ board members represent a diverse range of organisations with interests and expertise related to snow and avalanches in Scotland. The board typically meets twice a year, and is available to give advice as needed. 

Current Members

  • Scott Armstrong, VisitScotland
  • Jane Blackford, University of Edinburgh
  • Philip Ebert, University of Stirling
  • Mark Diggins, Scottish Avalanche Information Service
  • Richard Essery, University of Edinburgh
  • Shaun Roberts, Principal, Glenmore Lodge
  • Kenneth Lawson, Mountain Rescue Committee of Scotland
  • George McEwan, Mountain Training Scotland
  • John Mackenzie, Mountaineer
  • Heather Morning, Mountaineering Council of Scotland
  • Olly Stephenson (Chair)
  • Desmond Smith, emeritus Heriot-Watt University
  • Tim Walker, British Mountain Guides
  • Richard Orrell, Met. Office

News & Events


A new online avalanche awareness training initiative has been launched by The Snow and Avalanche Foundation of Scotland (SAFOS), with development support from member organisations Mountain Training Scotland and Glenmore Lodge. Aimed at individuals making critical decisions in the winter mountains, this free digital version of the ‘Be Avalanche Aware’ planning tool will enable hillwalkers, […]

Reports into 2013 Chalamain Gap Avalanche

Reports into 2013 Chalamain Gap Avalanche The following reports were produced by sportscotland following the 2013 avalanche incidents which involved sportscotland National Centre, Glenmore Lodge and the RAF Mountaineering Association (RAFMA).  The first and tragically fatal incident occurred in the Chalamain Gap on 14th February 2013, involving both teams. The second avalanche occurred in Chais […]