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Avalanche Risk (MSC)
Issued: 28/07/2017 6:26pm. Valid to 30/07/2017 6pm
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HIGH ALPINE
(Above 2000m)
MODERATE
Heightened avalanche conditions on specific terrain features.
ALPINE
(1000m - 2000m)
MODERATE
Heightened avalanche conditions on specific terrain features.
SUB ALPINE
(Below 1000m)
LOW
Generally safe, watch for unstable snow on isolated terrain features.
Mountain Conditions
General Conditions (Updated 1230hrs Fri 28th July, 2017):
Arthur's Pass: OUT OF CONDITION! The previous day's storm-cycle delivered about 20-30cm of fresh snow to the Main Range above 1500m from both NW & SW (it did lower to 800m however making lower ridge/valley travel tedious). This was after rain fell to quite high levels (2000m at times). The snow-pack is "complex", it may still contain older reactive wind-slab, faceted snow and crusts, particularly above 1800m, and new wind-slab is likely on lee to south aspects (ie. northern half). Currently strong south winds are redistributing snow to north half slopes creating soft-slab and deeper drifts. There has also been some obvious cornice growth & degradation during the storm - random at best. The weekend's freeze/thaw can only assist. Do not enter onto any slope without assessing its stability first - dig some holes!

Craigieburn / Torlesse Ranges: There is a very CONSIDERABLE danger for a skier/rider/climber to trigger a persistent slab avalanche at upper and middle elevations. Avoid steep (>30 deg) terrain on all SW through NE aspects. Be very wary on all upper elevation terrain and middle elevation terrain. The persistent slab problem exists anywhere older snow remains from earlier in the winter.

Visit avalanche.net.nz for further detail, and have a good read of Brad's report!
  • Blue Hill (1946m) - Porters ski field(New) 25/07/2017
    Blue Hill (1946m) - Porters ski field
  • Castle Hill Peak (1998m)(New) 25/07/2017
    Castle Hill Peak (1998m)
  • Mt Cloudesley (2107m)(New) 25/07/2017
    Mt Cloudesley (2107m)
  • Mt Enys (2194m)(New) 25/07/2017
    Mt Enys (2194m)
  • Mt Torlesse (1961m)(New) 25/07/2017
    Mt Torlesse (1961m)
  • Red Peak (1853m)(New) 25/07/2017
    Red Peak (1853m)
  • Avalanche Peak (1833m)(New) 23/07/2017
    Avalanche Peak (1833m)
  • Lyell Peak (1828m)(New) 23/07/2017
    Lyell Peak (1828m)
  • Mt Aicken (1858m)(New) 23/07/2017
    Mt Aicken (1858m)
  • Mt Bealey (1836m)(New) 23/07/2017
    Mt Bealey (1836m)
  • Mt Cassidy (1850m)(New) 23/07/2017
    Mt Cassidy (1850m)
  • Mt Oates (2041m)(New) 23/07/2017
    Mt Oates (2041m)
  • Mt Philistine - Philistine Bluffs (1967m)(New) 23/07/2017
    Mt Philistine - Philistine Bluffs (1967m)
  • Mt Philistine - Warnocks Bluff (1967m)(New) 23/07/2017
    Mt Philistine - Warnocks Bluff (1967m)
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Bealey Face(New) 23/07/2017
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Bealey Face
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Rome Ridge(New) 23/07/2017
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Rome Ridge
  • Mt Temple (1913m)(New) 23/07/2017
    Mt Temple (1913m)
  • Phipps Peak (1965m) - South Face(New) 23/07/2017
    Phipps Peak (1965m) - South Face
  • Black Range (1800m)19/07/2017
    Black Range (1800m)
  • Mt Binser (1860m) - Low, middle, high19/07/2017
    Mt Binser (1860m) - Low, middle, high
  • Mt Bruce (1630m) - NE Aspect19/07/2017
    Mt Bruce (1630m) - NE Aspect
  • Mt Foweraker (1804m)19/07/2017
    Mt Foweraker (1804m)
  • Mt Manson (1859m)19/07/2017
    Mt Manson (1859m)
  • Mt Wall (1874m)19/07/2017
    Mt Wall (1874m)
  • The Dome (1938m)19/07/2017
    The Dome (1938m)
  • The Pyramid (1608m)19/07/2017
    The Pyramid (1608m)
  • Blimit (1921m)18/07/2017
    Blimit (1921m)
  • Mt Philistine (1967m)18/07/2017
    Mt Philistine (1967m)
  • Mt Philistine - Philistine Ramp (1967m)18/07/2017
    Mt Philistine - Philistine Ramp (1967m)
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Goldney Ridge18/07/2017
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Goldney Ridge
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Otira Face18/07/2017
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Otira Face
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Otira Slide18/07/2017
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Otira Slide
  • Mt Stuart (1906m)18/07/2017
    Mt Stuart (1906m)
  • Phipps Peak (1965m) - West Ridge18/07/2017
    Phipps Peak (1965m) - West Ridge
  • Kellys Range - Kelly Hill (1408m)15/07/2017
    Kellys Range - Kelly Hill (1408m)
  • Mt Barron (1730m)15/07/2017
    Mt Barron (1730m)
  • Philistine Traverse15/07/2017
    Philistine Traverse
  • Mt Alexander (1958m) - West Ridge05/07/2017
    Mt Alexander (1958m) - West Ridge
  • Goat Hill (1656m)20/06/2017
    Goat Hill (1656m)
  • Hills Peak (1640m)20/06/2017
    Hills Peak (1640m)
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Weather Information
SEVERE WEATHER POSSIBLE IN NEXT 5 DAYS!
Friday
28 Jul

-9 / 2ºC
Saturday
29 Jul

-7 / 0ºC
Sunday
30 Jul

-4 / 1ºC
Monday
31 Jul

1 / 4ºC
Tuesday
1 Aug

-2 / 4ºC
Wednesday
2 Aug

-3 / 3ºC
Thursday
3 Aug

-2 / 3ºC
Friday
4 Aug

-2 / 4ºC
Saturday
5 Aug

-1 / 4ºC
Sunday
6 Aug

0 / 6ºC
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Update:28/07/17 20:30hrs
 
LATEST DAILY READINGS
Update: 28/7/17 22:28hrs NZST
Sunrise: 7:51hrs
Sunset: 17:33hrs
Temperature: -3.4ºC  (Falling)
Temperature (Low): -3.4ºC
Temperature (High): 1.8ºC
Wind Chill: -3.4ºC
Humidity: 86%  (Rising)
Barometer: 1019.62mb (Rising)
Wind Speed: 0km/h
Wind Direction: S
Wind Gust: 26km/h (15:19hrs)
Cloud Base: Frost likely
980m ASL
Freezing Level: 507m
Daily Rainfall: Frozen
24 Hour Rain: 0.25mm

SNOW MODEL
Last Update: 28/07/2017 22:04
Location: Mt Rolleston (Goldney Ridge) 1800m
Alt. Temp: -10.1ºC
Alt. Windspeed: 0.0kmph
Alt. Av. Windspeed: 1.8kmph
Alt. Max. Windspeed: 12.1kmph
Alt. Wind Chill: N/A
Alt. 3 Day Rainfall: 12.8mm (Today: 0.0mm)
Last Snowfall: 1 days ago
7 Day Snowfall: 56.7cm
Snowpack Depth: 140.9cm
Windslab N: 55.7cm
Windslab S: 8.1cm
Windslab E: 4.7cm
Surface Stability (@ 35º): Very Poor (Warning: Slab present!)
Avalanche Chance: 72%
REMOTE WEATHER STATIONS
 
Location
UpdatedToday's
Rainfall
2 Day
Rainfall
3 Day
Rainfall
Carrington Hut28/07/2017 - 20:05hrs3.5mm25mm60mm
Mid Poulter River28/07/2017 - 20:30hrs0.5mm29mm31mm
Grasmere Stn28/07/2017 - 20:05hrs0.0mm13.5mm13.5mm
Mt Cheeseman28/07/2017 - 20:05hrs0.0mm13.5mm13.5mm

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