Arthur's Pass Visitor Centre Moved
The Visitor Centre in Arthur's Pass Village has been temporarily moved into a new premises until further notice, due to building defects found in the old building. A temporary visitor facility has been set up 200 metres away in the main part of the Village near the Alpine Lodge & Motel (limited parking available). It is open 8.30am to 4.30pm daily. All information resources for the Park are available.

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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Mountain Conditions
General Conditions (Updated 0841hrs Wednesday 23rd October, 2019):

New snow to about 900m from yesterday. Appears that approx. 10-15cm fell at 1800m, with greater amounts above this level with wind drifts. Winds shifted several times during this storm from N to S, then reverse again. Some new cornice growth is visible on exposed ridges with southern aspects, greatest new growth seems to be no more than a metre. There is evidence of shallow soft slab avalanches occurring (Class 1 - 2) during the storm cycle, but debris piles are now covered in new snow; many of the crown walls look incomplete for their terrain and are likely to extend with triggers. It should be noted that stress fractures in steep terrain (these had opened substantially over past week), and no doubt any glacial features, have been back-filled by new snow and may be difficult to see.

Previous Update (21/10/2019): Spring storms upon us again. Gales about the tops with snow falling to 1600m at present, snowfall supposed to lower to 500m by tomorrow.

Previous Update (16/10/2019): Multiple Class 0.5 - 1 point releases today (from midday onwards) on solar aspects 1500m+, initiating out of steep rocky terrain features; longest run noted is 250m over 30-40 degree terrain. Heavy rain developing tomorrow with north-westerly gales.

Previous Update (13/10/2019): A light dusting of fresh snow yesterday evening followed by a moderate overnight freeze. Poor visibility at present. Unstable weather forecast for next few days.

Previous Update (12/10/2019): Rainfall has now eased back. A large quantity of snow-pack has been eroded back over the past few days with the heavy rainfall to high altitude. Many cornices have collapsed, or been reduced in size. Further heavy showers with lowering snowfalls are likely to develop today. Climbing conditions remain poor whilst the snow-pack drains. Natural avalanche activity has now reduced, though further activity remains possible with the incoming weather again over-loading the pack with rainfall and some additional loading of fresh snow onto a rain crust.

Previous Update (09/10/2019): Substantial rainfall (120mm+) has fallen to high altitude (2200m) in past 24 hours, particularly about the top of the Divide and western slopes. As expected numerous "wet slurry" type avalanches have evolved, with those in upper valley systems spewing out onto valley floor (Class 1 - 3), many are carrying rock and mud. A lot more high level rainfall is forecast over next 48 hours, and this could penetrate the ranges further eastwards.

Previous Update (07/10/2019): Extreme rainfall (450mm+) has been forecast to arrive from tomorrow morning for 50 hours+. This will fall to high altitude and a huge degrade in the snowpack is expected. Avalanche activity should become rife, particularly about the loaded valley systems and faces.

Previous Update (06/10/2019): Approx. 10 - 15cm of fresh southerly snow fell yesterday 1800m+, after about 35mm of NW rainfall fell to 2000m. Good solid freeze this morning; conditions marginal with pockets of loose snow, particularly on lee to southern half aspects.

Previous Update (05/10/2019): Heavy NW rain currently to 2000m, turning to light snow showers to lower levels by mid PM. An avalanche cycle is expected out of steeper terrain features, and as a result of cornice failures.

Previous Update (03/10/2019): Fairly firm conditions on eastern aspects (3-10cm fresh snow on refrozen wet snow), softer conditions on western aspects (15-40cm fresh wind deposited snow). Some minor face deload avalanche events, and Class 0.5 point releases from ridge crests on variable aspects today. Many cornices have collapsed during the high level rain-storm a few days back, but unstable remnants remain, and some full 4-8m cornices still are visible on some ridge systems.

Previous Update (02/10/2019): Moderate snow showers at present from N-NE slowly lowering to 600m, then clearing from south by midday. About 3-5cm has fallen at 1800m thus far.

Previous Update (30/09/2019): Approx. 100-150mm of rainfall has fallen onto the snow-pack up to 2000m in the past 24 hours, associated with extreme NW gales. Snowfall is expected to lower to 900m from mid-late afternoon and continue until Wednesday evening, but this may affect eastern ranges more (?). There has been substantial wet snow avalanche activity on the Bealey Slide route of Mt Rolleston; with visibility very poor it is difficult to observe other activity, but it is expected some very large events have occurred in the loaded valley systems of the Park (Otira, White, Upper Waimak etc).
  • Avalanche Peak (1833m)(New) 23/10/2019
    Avalanche Peak (1833m)
  • Blimit (1921m)(New) 23/10/2019
    Blimit (1921m)
  • Hills Peak (1640m)(New) 23/10/2019
    Hills Peak (1640m)
  • Kellys Range - Kelly Hill (1408m)(New) 23/10/2019
    Kellys Range - Kelly Hill (1408m)
  • Lyell Peak (1828m)(New) 23/10/2019
    Lyell Peak (1828m)
  • Mt Barron (1730m)(New) 23/10/2019
    Mt Barron (1730m)
  • Mt Bealey (1836m) - North aspect(New) 23/10/2019
    Mt Bealey (1836m) - North aspect
  • Mt Cassidy (1850m)(New) 23/10/2019
    Mt Cassidy (1850m)
  • Mt Philistine - Philistine Bluffs (1967m)(New) 23/10/2019
    Mt Philistine - Philistine Bluffs (1967m)
  • Mt Philistine - Warnocks Bluff (1967m)(New) 23/10/2019
    Mt Philistine - Warnocks Bluff (1967m)
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Bealey Face(New) 23/10/2019
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Bealey Face
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Rome Ridge(New) 23/10/2019
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Rome Ridge
  • Mt Temple (1913m) - West Face(New) 23/10/2019
    Mt Temple (1913m) - West Face
  • Phipps Peak (1965m) - South Face(New) 23/10/2019
    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
  • Phipps Peak (1965m) - West Ridge21/09/2019
    Phipps Peak (1965m) - West Ridge
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Goldney Ridge20/09/2019
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Goldney Ridge
  • Mt Temple (summit)20/09/2019
    Mt Temple (summit)
  • Phipps Peak (1965m) - Temple Traverse20/09/2019
    Phipps Peak (1965m) - Temple Traverse
  • Mt Aicken (1858m)10/09/2019
    Mt Aicken (1858m)
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Chockstone Route10/09/2019
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Chockstone Route
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Weather Information
23 Oct

24 Oct

-1 / 5ºC
25 Oct

1 / 9ºC
26 Oct

6 / 14ºC
27 Oct

4 / 11ºC
28 Oct

1 / 10ºC
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Update:23/10/19 15:30hrs
Update: 23/10/19 14:29hrs NZST
Sunrise: 5:31hrs
Sunset: 19:08hrs
Temperature: 11.9ºC  (Rising)
Temperature (Low): -0.6ºC
Temperature (High): 11.9ºC
Wind Chill: 11.9ºC
Humidity: 0%  (Falling)
Barometer: 1002.62mb (Falling)
Wind Speed: 2km/h
Wind Direction: SW
Wind Gust: 32km/h (2:00hrs)
Cloud Base: 4443m ASL
Freezing Level: 2861m
Daily Rainfall: 0.51mm
Hourly Rain: 0mm/hr
24 Hour Rain: 9.4mm

Last Update: 23/10/2019 14:04
Location: Mt Rolleston (Goldney Ridge) 1800m
Alt. Temp: 4.3ºC
Alt. Windspeed: 2.0kmph
Alt. Av. Windspeed: 2.3kmph
Alt. Max. Windspeed: 10.1kmph
Alt. Wind Chill: N/A
Alt. Air Pressure: 804hPa
Alt. 3 Day Rainfall: 15.4mm (Today: 0.0mm)
Last Snowfall: 1 days ago
7 Day Snowfall: 29.1cm
Snowpack Depth: 176.4cm
Windslab E: 0.7cm
Surface Stability (@ 35º): Very Poor
Avalanche Chance: 50%
2 Day
3 Day
Carrington Hut23/10/2019 - 12:00hrs0.0mm20mm51.5mm
Mid Poulter River23/10/2019 - 07:58hrs1.0mm13mm19mm
Grasmere Stn23/10/2019 - 12:00hrs0.5mm4mm5mm
Mt Cheeseman23/10/2019 - 12:00hrs0.5mm4mm5mm
Upper Styx River23/10/2019 - 14:00hrs3.0mm26.5mm65mm

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