Arthur's Pass Visitor Centre Moved
The Visitor Centre in Arthur's Pass Village has been moved into a new portable premises until further notice. This is located opposite the original site in the Avalanche Creek camp-site.

Thieves breaking into vehicles
Thieves have been breaking into cars and motor-homes at various car-parks and some camp-sites along SH.73 on a regular basis (day & night). They have been stealing passports, credit cards, money, electronic devices and recreation equipment. Take your absolute valuables with you on the walks, and don't leave other valuable items in plain sight in your vehicle. Report any suspicious activity to Police '111', and note down registration plates of vehicles!

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Avalanche Risk (Local)
17/11/2019 07:18hrs
(Above 1800m)
Dangerous conditions, conservative decision making essential!
(1200m - 1800m)
Dangerous conditions, conservative decision making essential!
(Below 1200m)
Heightened avalanche conditions on specific terrain features.
Mountain Conditions
General Conditions (Updated 0712hrs Monday 18th November, 2019):

Snowing currently 1200m+ from the west. Supposed to be heavier rain this morning, however may not evolve given the low freezing level. Poor/dangerous climbing conditions. Tomorrow may bring heavy rain and further low level snowfall (?). Rivers are now very reactive to rainfall and could flash flood.

Previous Update (16/11/2019): Further heavy rain to fall for the remainder of Saturday, with possible snow flurries to 1600m at times. Rivers have already gone into flood again. The snow-pack is loaded with water, and is degrading very rapidly now; beware of suspended snow sheets atop areas of water run-off. Poor/dangerous climbing conditions. A temporary lull on Sunday, but gales across the tops persist; rain back on Monday with snow possible to 1200m.

Previous Update (14/11/2019): Heavy rain about & west of the Divide overnight (60 - 140mm); some light snowfall now to 1600m and lowering. Weather is forecast to remain unstable, with heavy NW rainfall to develop again on Saturday. The remaining snow-pack is saturated to base, and there have been multiple instances of wet surface sluffs to Class 2 about the Main Range and high summits slightly SE of the range, particularly on the more loaded southern aspects. Climbing conditions remain poor/dangerous.

Previous Update (11/11/2019): The storm has eased (temporarily), it delivered about 960mm of rainfall to the spine of the Alps (400mm in the Village). Currently lightly snowing down to 1200m. This very unstable weather pattern continues, and heavy rain and gales will return for a time from Wednesday afternoon. Tuesday is the only "fining day" in the forecast. A considerable amount of snow-pack has been demolished by this weather event; the snow-pack has been saturated to high altitude by the rainfall and continues to drain - it will be unstable. Climbing conditions remain poor / dangerous.

Previous Update (08/11/2019): Extreme weather has been upon since Wednesday this week, and is set to continue into the weekend with further heavy rain and gales. The snow-pack that remains is super-saturated. Avalanche activity about the high alps has been rife, particularly about the southern half. Climbing conditions are currently dangerous about the Main Range!

Previous Update (04/11/2019): Very warm weather persists; freezing levels peaked over 4000m yesterday, and didn't get much below 2000m last night. Snow-pack is in collapse. Very strong NW winds this morning. We are in for about 5 days of heavy rain from tomorrow night (Tuesday).

Previous Update (03/11/2019): Another extremely poor overnight freeze (2000m+). Yesterday saw multiple wet snow sluffs develop on solar aspects at approx. 1030hrs (size 1 - 2 out of 1600m - 2000m terrain), today could be worse. Self arrests are poor in a wet surface pack. Fine weather for today & tomorrow however.

Previous Update (02/11/2019): Weak freeze last night (1600m) but several fine days developing now. With the high freezing level expect wet snow avalanche activity to develop around solar aspects by midday as temperatures soar.

Previous Update (30/10/2019): Unstable weather persists; gale southwesterlies are to develop today. There has been further dustings of fresh snow above 1000m in the past 24 hours, though much of this has melted back to 1650m on sub-ranges and 1500m on Main Range overnight.

The Main Range is still holding snow-pack to 1200m valley floors in some locations, all faces are still holding snow, northern faces are progressively shedding snow in avalanches. Sub-ranges are loosing snow on exposed ridges up to 1750m, but southern half protected areas have icy snow down to 1650m.
  • Mt Oates (2041m)12/11/2019
    Mt Oates (2041m)
  • Avalanche Peak (1833m)02/11/2019
    Avalanche Peak (1833m)
  • Mt Cheeseman (2031m)25/10/2019
    Mt Cheeseman (2031m)
  • Mt Cloudsley (2107m)25/10/2019
    Mt Cloudsley (2107m)
  • Mt Enys (2194m)25/10/2019
    Mt Enys (2194m)
  • Mt Izard (2019m)25/10/2019
    Mt Izard (2019m)
  • Mt Olympus (2094m)25/10/2019
    Mt Olympus (2094m)
  • Blimit (1921m)23/10/2019
    Blimit (1921m)
  • Hills Peak (1640m)23/10/2019
    Hills Peak (1640m)
  • Kellys Range - Kelly Hill (1408m)23/10/2019
    Kellys Range - Kelly Hill (1408m)
  • Lyell Peak (1828m)23/10/2019
    Lyell Peak (1828m)
  • Mt Barron (1730m)23/10/2019
    Mt Barron (1730m)
  • Mt Bealey (1836m) - North aspect23/10/2019
    Mt Bealey (1836m) - North aspect
  • Mt Cassidy (1850m)23/10/2019
    Mt Cassidy (1850m)
  • Mt Philistine - Philistine Bluffs (1967m)23/10/2019
    Mt Philistine - Philistine Bluffs (1967m)
  • Mt Philistine - Warnocks Bluff (1967m)23/10/2019
    Mt Philistine - Warnocks Bluff (1967m)
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Bealey Face23/10/2019
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Bealey Face
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Rome Ridge23/10/2019
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Rome Ridge
  • Mt Temple (1913m) - West Face23/10/2019
    Mt Temple (1913m) - West Face
  • Phipps Peak (1965m) - South Face23/10/2019
    Phipps Peak (1965m) - South Face
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) -  Crow Face07/10/2019
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Crow Face
  • Mt Lancelot (2112m)03/10/2019
    Mt Lancelot (2112m)
  • Mt Philistine (1967m)03/10/2019
    Mt Philistine (1967m)
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - High Peak Access03/10/2019
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - High Peak Access
  • Mt Armstrong (2110m)21/09/2019
    Mt Armstrong (2110m)
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Otira Face21/09/2019
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Otira Face
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Otira Face (Middle)21/09/2019
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Otira Face (Middle)
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Otira Slide21/09/2019
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Otira Slide
  • Mt Stuart (1906m)21/09/2019
    Mt Stuart (1906m)
  • Philistine Traverse21/09/2019
    Philistine Traverse
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Weather Information
20 Nov

-1 / 6ºC
21 Nov

2 / 9ºC
22 Nov

6 / 14ºC
23 Nov

10 / 17ºC
24 Nov

6 / 14ºC
25 Nov

3 / 16ºC
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Update:20/11/19 04:30hrs
Update: 20/11/19 3:29hrs NZST
Sunrise: 4:57hrs
Sunset: 19:44hrs
Temperature: 4.3ºC  (Falling)
Temperature (Low): 4.3ºC
Temperature (High): 7.0ºC
Wind Chill: 0.8ºC
Humidity: 84%  (Rising)
Barometer: 999.64mb (Rising)
Wind Speed: 12km/h
Wind Direction: W
Wind Gust: 60km/h (0:07hrs)
Cloud Base: 1030m ASL
Freezing Level: 1692m
Daily Rainfall: 2.29mm
Hourly Rain: 0mm/hr
24 Hour Rain: 39.88mm


Rainfall: 56.45mm
High Rain Rate:  7.2mm/hr @ 15:00hrs 19/11/2019
Temp Low:  3.4ºC
Temp High:  7.3ºC
Wind Gust:  77.0kmph @ 11:22hrs 19/11/2019
Dom.Wind Dir: North
Barometer Low: 997.0mb
Last Update: 20/11/2019 03:04
Location: Mt Rolleston (Goldney Ridge) 1800m
Snow Fall-Line: 1211m
Alt. Temp: -1.0ºC
Alt. Windspeed: 22.2kmph
Alt. Av. Windspeed: 30.2kmph
Alt. Max. Windspeed: 36.3kmph
Alt. Wind Chill: -6.9ºC
Alt. Air Pressure: 797hPa
Alt. 3 Day Rainfall: 33.9mm (Today: 1.4mm)
Storm Snowfall (25hrs): 8.6cm
7 Day Snowfall: 46.0cm
Snowpack Depth: 90.1cm
Windslab S: 15.9cm
Windslab E: 4.1cm
Surface Stability (@ 35º): Very Poor (Warning: Slab present!)
Avalanche Chance: 70%
2 Day
3 Day
Carrington Hut20/11/2019 - 02:00hrs3.5mm69.5mm100mm
Mid Poulter River20/11/2019 - 02:00hrs0.0mm24mm42.5mm
Grasmere Stn20/11/2019 - 02:00hrs1.0mm11.5mm23.5mm
Mt Cheeseman20/11/2019 - 02:00hrs1.0mm11.5mm23.5mm
Upper Styx River20/11/2019 - 04:00hrs3.5mm104mm148.5mm

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