New Zealand Mountan Safety Council Avalanche Center
homeNew Zealand Avalanche ForecastsEducationResourcesDonateAbout usContact us

Canterbury

Canterbury YouTube Channel

link arrowYouTube Channel

Be kept in the loop:
Email Sign up
Facebook
Twitter
YouTube
Join
MetService Getting the goods on the weather forecast is never easy. Get your mountain weather forecast right now!
Link ArrowMet Service
Issued at 4/09/2015 11:03am. Valid till 5/09/2015 6pm

Arthur's Pass

Mountain
Current avalanche advisory
High Alpine

Above 2000 meters

Alpine

1000 to 2000 meters

Sub Alpine

Below 1000 meters

Avalanche Danger Scale
Avalanche Danger Scale
Report TutorialPrint Reporthear report

Primary Avalanche Danger

Dangerous Aspects
high
Danger Rose
3
Highest Danger Rating
Likelihood
indicator
gauge
Certain
Likely
Unlikely
Size
indicator
gauge
Largest
Small
Trend
indicator
gauge
Increasing
No change
Decreasing
Time of day
clock
Time of day
All day
Alpine level
High Alpine: Above 2000m
Alpine: 1000 to 2000m
Low Alpine: Below 1000m
Description:
The avalanche hazard is temporarily lowering with Thursday's mellow weather. The hazard is consistent across all aspects because the wind has been changing directions a lot. The higher you go the higher the wind slab hazard. Be careful of these new slabs - most lie on very slick bed surfaces. Watch out for convexities, new loading, and terrain traps. Use safe travel techniques such as one-at-time skiing and avoiding riding above terrain traps. The hazard will increase substantially this weekend.

Recent Avalanche Activity

Recent Avalanche Activity
No new avalanches to report.

Current Snowpack Conditions

Current Snowpack Conditions
Quick Friday update: more snow and wind arrived and continues to build on Friday AM....

Overall the snowpack is quite stable from rapid temperature changes solidifying the top of the snow. We have not seen any reactive buried layers of concern. In the top 1M of the snowpack, below 2000M, there are numerous rain crusts sandwiching relatively stable snow (rounds). Any new snow in the past 48 hrs seems to be bonding well.

Mountain Weather

Mountain Weather
Friday is mostly fine before another system coming in with colder temps, high winds and lots of moisture.


MetService
For more information go to: http://www.metservice.com/mountain/index

Sliding Danger

Slide For Life
Slick snow conditions exist throughout the park, although they may be lightly covered by new snow - looks can be deceiving! An ice axe and crampons are highly recommended for any snow travel.

Forecast by Peter Biskind

Mountain Safety Council
Avalanche Forecast Regions:
Mountain Safety Council managed websites
Mountainf Safety Council websiteAdventure Smart websiteNew Zealand Avalanche CenterNational Incedent Database website