We had hoped to try out snow shoes, but the stores had instructions to keep some back as they were possibly needed in case of a search party being sent out for an overdue team of lodge students still on the hill.
It was also clear that the chances of getting home later today were close to nil as the cars were buried, the lodge track almost impassable and the A9 south closed. So we resigned ourselves to doing something constructive.
The view from our room after the first day of snow.
Mark, Willy and Bill outside Ryvoan Bothy, where we came across the Lake District Search and Mountain Rescue Association folks out training with their dogs. See SARDALAKES for more information.
Note the two Labradors sitting patiently in their shelter.
The Bothty got a bit crowded with us, the dogs and their handlers.
The two labs, still waiting patiently.
When we got back to the lodge, it was time to dig some of the snow out to make it easier for Friday if we got the chance to leave. Here the JCB has shoved some of the snow to on end of the carpark, however there is a car just to the right of the pile of snow.
Unsurprisingly, we didn't get out till friday afternoon, after a nightmare journey via Aberdeen and endless confusing reports of road closures and openings.