Ysbyty Gwynedd Emergency Department have issued a safety warning to mountaineers, who are planning to venture into the mountains of Snowdonia during the cold weather this winter: ‘Stay below snow-line unless you’re equipped & trained to handle winter mountaineering.’

Millions of visitors flock to Snowdonia National Park each year to participate in outdoor activities, unfortunately mountain pursuits are not without risk.

Ysbyty Gwynedd Emergency Department treats around 120 patients per year from the mountains and on average there are 6-8 fatalities each year.

The Department issued the statement this evening which read: “The mountains have gone white. This means if you don’t want to meet us in some state in the injured-dead spectrum, please, please, stay below snow-line unless you’re equipped & trained to handle winter mountaineering. If you are, of course, have a fab time, but be careful!

“We have entered our relatives’ room and delivered devastating news to families of winter mountain victims too many times. We’d love for 2017/18 to be noted as the one where nobody died from injuries sustained in the mountains.”

Dr Linda Dykes‏, Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Ysbyty Gwynedd, said: “Snowy mountains look beautiful but are deadly without an ice axe, crampons, navigation skills, good kit and experience. Honestly, we are not exaggerating, we see the results when this advice is ignored.”