Visiting Snowdonia

Cader Idris from Foel Caerynwch


Snowdonia Ground Conditions

This report is completed on a regular basis through the winter months by Snowdonia National Park Wardens and gives indicative information on snow/ice conditions underfoot in the Snowdonia area as a whole.

Remember, mountaineering is an activity with inherent risks, when out on the hills you should be aware of and accept these risks and take responsibility for your own decisions, prepare well and enjoy the adventure!

Walking in the uplands during the winter can require additional equipment and skills and it is important that you are prepared for this in order to enjoy hill walking safely. More details can be found at

Latest Report - 18 January 2019 11.00am


Area - Snowdon

Date - 18 January 2019
Time - 11.00am
Snow Above - 400 metres
Report By - Snowdon Warden

Route Taken

PYG and Miners track


  • Heavy frost cover on rocks and vegitation.
  • Depth of snow increases with altitude.
  • Snow drifts in areas.
  • Paths difficult to follow.
  • Major paths obscured making navigation difficult.
  • Ice lying under fresh snow along paths from lower levels up.

Kit Advice

The following is a list of additional kit required based on the current conditions.

  • Ice axe and crampons essential.
  • Wear crampon compatible boots.
  • Ski goggles for strong winds and blowing snow.
  • Take waterproofs, hat, gloves and spare warm layers.
  • Ice axe, crampons and knowledge of how to use them essential. Good map reading skills essential.

Additional Information

Challenging conditions to navigate in. Paths difficult to follow.

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