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CURRENT ALERT
COVID-19 Level 2 Restrictions
Covid-19 Alert Level 2 commenced at 2359 hours on Wednesday 13th May and continues until further notice! Under this level, tracks, huts, campgrounds & visitor centres can be used again. Huts must have no more than 10 persons - 50% of full capacity for larger huts occupying them (carry a tent to all huts so appropriate physical distancing can be maintained - 2m recommended). Visitors will need to carry their own cleaning equipment, and are highly encouraged to fill out hut books for contact tracing purposes! Hunting will be permitted again on conservation land.

Further Information: DOC Website, covid19.govt.nz.

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Avalanche Risk (Local)
01/06/2020 09:55hrs
HIGH ALPINE
(Above 1800m)
MODERATE
Heightened avalanche conditions on specific terrain features.
ALPINE
(1200m - 1800m)
LOW
Generally safe, watch for unstable snow on isolated terrain features.
SUB ALPINE
(Below 1200m)
No Rating
Insufficient information or snow to establish avalanche danger rating
Mountain Conditions
General Conditions:
Friday 5th June 2020, 10:40hrs: Snowfall only lowered to 1400m during the past storm-cycle, and only 5-10cm fell 1800m+, though some wind-drifts may be much deeper; it is melting rapidly where it fell on raw rock. It is quite likely this new snow will not bond well to the existing snow-pack as this went through 10 days of freeze/thaw cycles prior to this storm and had started to ice up.

Further snowfall is forecast for Saturday (6 June) afternoon, and it is very likely this will lower to 500m. Sleety showers to continue on Sunday, and return again briefly on Monday afternoon.


04/06/2020 09:30hrs: Snow falling currently 1700m+, and lowering; supposed to come down to 900m by late afternoon/evening. Previous to this storm-cycle climbers have reported quite variable conditions across the ranges; soft dodgy snow, and break-through crusts have been a common theme; whilst there was a report of armour-plate ice in the area of Middle Peak on Mt Rolleston.

26/05/2020 09:01hrs: Fresh snow has fallen over the past 36 hours. About 20cm above 1800m, with current snowline sitting at 1600m on the ridges, and about 1100m in the protected side valleys under the Main Range. Generally the high ridges had about 10-15cm of icy snow prior to this fall; bonding is likely poor.

18/05/2020 08:10hrs: Good conditions generally; where snow exists at high level (1900m+) it is firm; rope-up for glaciers as there are weak snow bridges already starting to build over crevasses / bergschrunds.

It became quite obvious over last weekend, that some climbers are really underestimating the shortness of days now (having been out of the hills for 7 weeks+), it is getting quite dark around 5.30pm, if you are attempting longer routes - make sure you allow enough time, and are very familiar with routes off mountains; overnight temperatures at altitude are now plummeting to -10ÂșC to -15ÂșC at 1800m.

14/05/2020 06:30hrs: We moved to COVID-19 Alert Level 2 last night. Under this level, tracks, huts, campgrounds & visitor centres can be used again. Larger huts must have no more 10 persons occupying them (carry a tent to all huts so appropriate physical distancing can be maintained - 2m recommended). Visitors will need to carry there own cleaning equipment, and are highly encouraged to fill out hut books for contact tracing purposes! Hunting will be permitted again on conservation land.

As far as climbing conditions go... we have been receiving snowfalls at quite high levels (2000m+) over the past two weeks; most of the previous low level snow has now melted back. It is now raining.!

  • Avalanche Peak (1833m)(New) 01/06/2020
    Avalanche Peak (1833m)
  • Mt Lancelot (2112m)(New) 31/05/2020
    Mt Lancelot (2112m)
  • Mt Philistine (1967m)(New) 31/05/2020
    Mt Philistine (1967m)
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Goldney Ridge(New) 31/05/2020
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Goldney Ridge
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - High Peak Access(New) 31/05/2020
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - High Peak Access
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Otira Face(New) 31/05/2020
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Otira Face
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Otira Slide(New) 31/05/2020
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Otira Slide
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Rome Ridge(New) 31/05/2020
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Rome Ridge
  • Phipps Peak (1965m) - West Ridge(New) 31/05/2020
    Phipps Peak (1965m) - West Ridge
  • Blimit (1921m)27/05/2020
    Blimit (1921m)
  • Mt Alexander (1958m) - West Face27/05/2020
    Mt Alexander (1958m) - West Face
  • Mt Armstrong (2110m)27/05/2020
    Mt Armstrong (2110m)
  • Mt Barron (1730m)27/05/2020
    Mt Barron (1730m)
  • Mt Bealey (1836m) - North aspect27/05/2020
    Mt Bealey (1836m) - North aspect
  • Mt Howe (1660m)27/05/2020
    Mt Howe (1660m)
  • Mt Philistine - Warnocks Bluff (1967m)27/05/2020
    Mt Philistine - Warnocks Bluff (1967m)
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Bealey Face27/05/2020
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Bealey Face
  • Mt Tarapuhi (1605m)27/05/2020
    Mt Tarapuhi (1605m)
  • Mt Philistine - Philistine Bluffs (1967m)18/05/2020
    Mt Philistine - Philistine Bluffs (1967m)
  • Mt Philistine - Philistine Ramp (1967m)18/05/2020
    Mt Philistine - Philistine Ramp (1967m)
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Middle Peak (Otira Face)18/05/2020
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Middle Peak (Otira Face)
  • Mt Stuart (1906m)18/05/2020
    Mt Stuart (1906m)
  • Mt Temple (1913m) - West Face18/05/2020
    Mt Temple (1913m) - West Face
  • Phipps Peak (1965m) - South Face18/05/2020
    Phipps Peak (1965m) - South Face
  • Mt Franklin (2145m) - West aspect17/05/2020
    Mt Franklin (2145m) - West aspect
  • Mt Oates (2041m) - West aspect17/05/2020
    Mt Oates (2041m) - West aspect
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Goldney Glacier17/05/2020
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Goldney Glacier
  • Philistine Traverse17/05/2020
    Philistine Traverse
  • Carrington Peak (2010m)13/03/2020
    Carrington Peak (2010m)
  • Mt Davie (2280m) - East Ridge13/03/2020
    Mt Davie (2280m) - East Ridge
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Weather Information
Saturday
6 Jun

-4ºC
Sunday
7 Jun

0 / 2ºC
Monday
8 Jun

-1 / 3ºC
Tuesday
9 Jun

0 / 5ºC
Wednesday
10 Jun

1 / 4ºC
Thursday
11 Jun

1 / 5ºC
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Update:06/06/20 22:30hrs
 
LATEST DAILY READINGS
Update: 6/6/20 22:29hrs NZST
Sunrise: 7:59hrs
Sunset: 17:06hrs
Temperature: 1.1ºC  (Rising)
Temperature (Low): 0.5ºC
Temperature (High): 6.2ºC
Wind Chill: 1.1ºC
Humidity: 100%  (Stable)
Barometer: 1007.43mb (Rising)
Wind Speed: 0km/h
Wind Direction: W
Wind Gust: 72km/h (5:39hrs)
Cloud Base: 730m ASL
Freezing Level: 1199m
Daily Rainfall: 11.18mm
Hourly Rain: 0mm/hr
24 Hour Rain: 11.18mm

SNOW MODEL
Last Update: 6/06/2020 22:04
Location: Mt Rolleston (Goldney Ridge) 1800m
Alt. Temp: -5.9ºC
Alt. Windspeed: 0.0kmph
Alt. Av. Windspeed: 16.7kmph
Alt. Max. Windspeed: 36.3kmph
Alt. Wind Chill: N/A
Alt. Air Pressure: 800hPa
Alt. 3 Day Rainfall: 12.7mm (Today: 3.0mm)
Daily Snowfall: 7.3cm
Snowfall Max. Intensity: 2.2cm/hr (14:04hrs)
Last Snowfall: 2 days ago
7 Day Snowfall: 15.2cm
Snowpack Depth: 24.8cm
Windslab N: 4.8cm
Windslab E: 2.2cm
Surface Stability (@ 35º): Poor
Avalanche Chance: 37%
REMOTE WEATHER STATIONS
 
Location
UpdatedToday's
Rainfall
2 Day
Rainfall
3 Day
Rainfall
Carrington Hut06/06/2020 - 21:00hrs17.0mm17.5mm33.5mm
Mid Poulter River06/06/2020 - 21:00hrs7.5mm7.5mm22.5mm
Grasmere Stn06/06/2020 - 21:00hrs9.5mm9.5mm17mm
Mt Cheeseman06/06/2020 - 21:00hrs9.5mm9.5mm17mm

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