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Avalanche Risk (Local)
15/01/2017 20:44hrs
HIGH ALPINE
(Above 2000m)
LOW
Generally safe, watch for unstable snow on isolated terrain features.
ALPINE
(1000m - 2000m)
LOW
Generally safe, watch for unstable snow on isolated terrain features.
SUB ALPINE
(Below 1000m)
No Rating
Insufficient information or snow to establish avalanche danger rating
Mountain Conditions
General Conditions (Updated 0729hrs Sat 21st January, 2017): The next storm event is on its way in from this afternoon bringing further heavy rain & gales. Highway 73 remains closed to west of Arthur's Pass village!

Climbing conditions had been generally OK in the short weather windows available. Ridge routes about the Main Range are becoming mixed and climbers should be aware of substantial loose rock being exposed. Face ice/snow is now out of condition with melt water running behind unbonding it!

A persistent overnight freeze is required to stabilise the isothermal snow-pack. Still best to attack snow/ice slopes during the early hours to avoid post-holing or surface sluffing. Human triggered wet slides and sluffs remain likely to initiate by PM on many aspects. Avoid convex rolls and areas with poor run-out outcomes (cliffs). Self arrests tend to be poor/impossible in the sugary afternoon snow, glissading and butt-sliding should not be utilised in areas with poor run-out prospects (scree-fields, cliffs & crevasses)- yes that trick gets done each year and the outcomes are messy.

Access is still OK on glaciers though bergschrunds and crevasse fields are becoming more prominent rapidly - rope up!
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Goldney Ridge10/01/2017
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Goldney Ridge
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - High Peak Access10/01/2017
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - High Peak Access
  • Mt Lancelot (2112m)05/01/2017
    Mt Lancelot (2112m)
  • Mt Philistine (1967m)05/01/2017
    Mt Philistine (1967m)
  • Mt Oates (2041m)04/01/2017
    Mt Oates (2041m)
  • Avalanche Peak (1833m)20/12/2016
    Avalanche Peak (1833m)
  • Mt Bealey (1836m)20/12/2016
    Mt Bealey (1836m)
  • Mt Philistine - Philistine Bluffs (1967m)20/12/2016
    Mt Philistine - Philistine Bluffs (1967m)
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Bealey Face20/12/2016
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Bealey Face
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Rome Ridge20/12/2016
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Rome Ridge
  • Mt Temple (1913m)20/12/2016
    Mt Temple (1913m)
  • Phipps Peak (1965m) - South Face20/12/2016
    Phipps Peak (1965m) - South Face
  • Mt Scott (2009m)03/12/2016
    Mt Scott (2009m)
  • Mt Wilson (2035m)03/12/2016
    Mt Wilson (2035m)
  • Mt Marion (2145m)30/11/2016
    Mt Marion (2145m)
  • Mt Murchison (2408m) - White Glacier approach30/11/2016
    Mt Murchison (2408m) - White Glacier approach
  • Blimit (1921m) - West Face28/11/2016
    Blimit (1921m) - West Face
  • Hills Peak (1640m) - South-west ridge28/11/2016
    Hills Peak (1640m) - South-west ridge
  • Mt Cassidy (1850m)28/11/2016
    Mt Cassidy (1850m)
  • Mt Bruce (1630m) - West aspect22/11/2016
    Mt Bruce (1630m) - West aspect
  • Mt Franklin (2145m) - South Face22/11/2016
    Mt Franklin (2145m) - South Face
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) -  Crow Face22/11/2016
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Crow Face
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Crow Icefall22/11/2016
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Crow Icefall
  • Mt Harper (2222m) - Summit ridge21/11/2016
    Mt Harper (2222m) - Summit ridge
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Weather Information
SEVERE WEATHER POSSIBLE IN NEXT 5 DAYS!
Saturday
21 Jan

2 / 14ºC
Sunday
22 Jan

6 / 12ºC
Monday
23 Jan

6 / 14ºC
Tuesday
24 Jan

9 / 14ºC
Wednesday
25 Jan

3 / 12ºC
Thursday
26 Jan

6 / 11ºC
Friday
27 Jan

7 / 13ºC
Saturday
28 Jan

8 / 14ºC
Sunday
29 Jan

7 / 15ºC
Monday
30 Jan

6 / 14ºC
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Update:21/01/17 10:36hrs
 
LATEST DAILY READINGS
Update: 20/1/17 15:25hrs NZST
Sunrise: 5:19hrs
Sunset: 20:07hrs
Temperature: 9.5ºC  (Falling)
Temperature (Low): 1.7ºC
Temperature (High): 13.7ºC
Wind Chill: 8.4ºC
Humidity: 83%  (Rising)
Barometer: 1003.53mb (Rising)
Wind Speed: 0km/h
Wind Direction: WNW
Wind Gust: 50km/h (12:56hrs)
Cloud Base: 1068m ASL
Freezing Level: 2492m
Daily Rainfall: 1.02mm
Hourly Rain: 0mm/hr
24 Hour Rain: 6.6mm

SNOW MODEL
Last Update: 20/01/2017 15:04
Location: Mt Rolleston (Goldney Ridge) 1800m
Snow Fall-Line: 2021m
Alt. Temp: 2.4ºC
Alt. Windspeed: 0.0kmph
Alt. Av. Windspeed: 3.6kmph
Alt. Max. Windspeed: 18.1kmph
Alt. Wind Chill: N/A
Alt. 3 Day Rainfall: 246.0mm (Today: 0.5mm)
Last Snowfall: 1 days ago
7 Day Snowfall: 0.0cm
Snowpack Depth: 0.0cm
REMOTE WEATHER STATIONS
 
Location
UpdatedToday's
Rainfall
2 Day
Rainfall
3 Day
Rainfall
Carrington Hut21/01/2017 - 09:05hrs0.0mm3.5mm73.5mm
Mid Poulter River21/01/2017 - 09:30hrs0.0mm0mm53mm
Grasmere Stn21/01/2017 - 09:05hrs0.0mm0mm17mm
Mt Cheeseman21/01/2017 - 09:05hrs0.0mm0mm17mm

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