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Avalanche Risk (Local)
21/11/2017 20:41hrs
(Above 2000m)
Generally safe, watch for unstable snow on isolated terrain features.
(1000m - 2000m)
Heightened avalanche conditions on specific terrain features.
(Below 1000m)
Generally safe, watch for unstable snow on isolated terrain features.
Mountain Conditions
General Conditions (Updated 1730hrs Mon 20th November, 2017):
Variable conditions, with freezing levels getting very high (5000m), and diurnal lows not being sustained long enough to give good surface freezes. Anything facing the sun (particularly in the hours before sunset) tends to be fairly soupy requiring sustained step-plugging, though southern and high ridge approaches are a lot firmer, initially at least. Quite variable conditions reported from across the Park over the weekend though the common denominator seems to be snow-pack at mid-altitudes (1000m - 1900m) tends to soften up dramatically after midday and is best avoided. Over weekend wet sluff avalanche activity from 0.5 to Class 2 was reported initiating out of solar aspects, or human triggered.

Generally the snow-pack is now in melt-down mode, and is disappearing fast - some stress & glide cracks are starting to form on steep slopes that are naked grass or scree in summer; glaciers are still generally presenting devoid of features (crevasses & bergschrunds), but this could change quickly as melt reactivates the movement.

And an unsubtle reminder, as this is the season when someone always seems to come to grief this way... avoid butt-slides and glissading in areas of poor run-out, as the slope may go with you into that waiting crevasse, or over that cliff!

So now the MSC Avalanche Forecasting has ended for the season, the actual Avalanche Season begins; some recent observations indicate that things aren't necessarily stable out there. Have started "local" avalanche risk assessments on this website, for this I need good feed-back from the hills ( as only check out the snow-pack around Rolle once a week or so.

  • Mt Wakeman / White Gl - (E-N Aspect, Initiate 1650m - 2100m)(AVO) 11/11/2017
    Mt Wakeman / White Gl - (E-N Aspect, Initiate 1650m - 2100m)
  • Mt Harper (2222m)11/11/2017
    Mt Harper (2222m)
  • Mt Murchison (2408m) - Summit11/11/2017
    Mt Murchison (2408m) - Summit
  • Blimit (1921m)06/11/2017
    Blimit (1921m)
  • Hills Peak (1640m)06/11/2017
    Hills Peak (1640m)
  • Mt Aicken (1858m)06/11/2017
    Mt Aicken (1858m)
  • Mt Barron (1730m)06/11/2017
    Mt Barron (1730m)
  • Mt Bealey (1836m) - North aspect06/11/2017
    Mt Bealey (1836m) - North aspect
  • Mt Philistine (1967m)06/11/2017
    Mt Philistine (1967m)
  • Mt Philistine - Philistine Bluffs (1967m)06/11/2017
    Mt Philistine - Philistine Bluffs (1967m)
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Bealey Face06/11/2017
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Bealey Face
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Goldney Ridge06/11/2017
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Goldney Ridge
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Rome Ridge06/11/2017
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Rome Ridge
  • Mt Temple (1913m)06/11/2017
    Mt Temple (1913m)
  • Phipps Peak (1965m) - South Face06/11/2017
    Phipps Peak (1965m) - South Face
  • Carrington Peak (2010m)01/11/2017
    Carrington Peak (2010m)
  • Mt Isobel (2036m)01/11/2017
    Mt Isobel (2036m)
  • Mt Campbell (1829m)31/10/2017
    Mt Campbell (1829m)
  • Mt Guinevere (2042m)31/10/2017
    Mt Guinevere (2042m)
  • Mt Lancelot (2112m)31/10/2017
    Mt Lancelot (2112m)
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) -  Crow Face31/10/2017
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Crow Face
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Crow Icefall31/10/2017
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Crow Icefall
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - High Peak Access31/10/2017
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - High Peak Access
  • Mt Speight (2116m) - Speight Buttress31/10/2017
    Mt Speight (2116m) - Speight Buttress
  • Mt Stewart (1934m)31/10/2017
    Mt Stewart (1934m)
  • Avalanche Peak (1833m)27/10/2017
    Avalanche Peak (1833m)
  • Mt Philistine - Philistine Ramp (1967m)18/10/2017
    Mt Philistine - Philistine Ramp (1967m)
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Otira Face18/10/2017
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Otira Face
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Otira Slide18/10/2017
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Otira Slide
  • Mt Stuart (1906m)18/10/2017
    Mt Stuart (1906m)
  • Philistine Traverse18/10/2017
    Philistine Traverse
  • Phipps Peak (1965m) - West Ridge18/10/2017
    Phipps Peak (1965m) - West Ridge
  • Lyell Peak (1828m)17/10/2017
    Lyell Peak (1828m)
  • Mt Cassidy (1850m)17/10/2017
    Mt Cassidy (1850m)
  • The Dome (1938m) - North aspect17/10/2017
    The Dome (1938m) - North aspect
  • Mid Hill (1831m) - East aspect12/09/2017
    Mid Hill (1831m) - East aspect
  • Mt Davie (2280m)12/09/2017
    Mt Davie (2280m)
  • Mt Oates (2041m)12/09/2017
    Mt Oates (2041m)
  • Kellys Range - Kelly Hill (1408m)11/09/2017
    Kellys Range - Kelly Hill (1408m)
  • Baldy Hill (1834)10/09/2017
    Baldy Hill (1834)
  • Bealey / Hut Spur (1545m)10/09/2017
    Bealey / Hut Spur (1545m)
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Weather Information
21 Nov

5 / 25ºC
22 Nov

8 / 21ºC
23 Nov

8 / 22ºC
24 Nov

9 / 21ºC
25 Nov

8 / 17ºC
26 Nov

8 / 17ºC
27 Nov

8 / 18ºC
28 Nov

8 / 18ºC
29 Nov

7 / 18ºC
30 Nov

7 / 19ºC
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Update:21/11/17 20:30hrs
Update: 21/11/17 21:26hrs NZST
Sunrise: 4:56hrs
Sunset: 19:46hrs
Temperature: 11.3ºC  (Falling)
Temperature (Low): 6.1ºC
Temperature (High): 25.1ºC
Wind Chill: 11.3ºC
Humidity: 74%  (Rising)
Barometer: 1018.30mb (Rising)
Wind Speed: 2km/h
Wind Direction: SSE
Wind Gust: 23km/h (19:48hrs)
Cloud Base: 1293m ASL
Freezing Level: 2768m
Daily Rainfall: 0mm
24 Hour Rain: 0mm

Last Update: 21/11/2017 21:04
Location: Mt Rolleston (Goldney Ridge) 1800m
Alt. Temp: 5.1ºC
Alt. Windspeed: 6.0kmph
Alt. Av. Windspeed: 3.5kmph
Alt. Max. Windspeed: 6.0kmph
Alt. Wind Chill: 3.8ºC
Last Snowfall: 13 days ago
7 Day Snowfall: 0.0cm
Snowpack Depth: 16.2cm
Windslab E: 18.9cm
2 Day
3 Day
Carrington Hut21/11/2017 - 20:05hrs0.0mm0mm0mm
Mid Poulter River21/11/2017 - 20:30hrs0.0mm0mm0mm
Grasmere Stn21/11/2017 - 20:05hrs0.0mm0mm0mm
Mt Cheeseman21/11/2017 - 20:05hrs0.0mm0mm0mm

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