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Issued at 28/08/2014 8:03pm. Valid till 30/08/2014 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
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Primary Avalanche Danger

Dangerous Aspects
high
Danger Rose
1
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
11am - 4pm
Alpine level
High Alpine: Above 2000m
Alpine: 1000 to 2000m
Low Alpine: Below 1000m
Description:
There is a Low danger for loose wet avalanches on steep solar faces during the warmest hours of the day. However the heat from the sun can weaken surface layers and start loose wet avalanches. If you notice any warning signs such as rollerballing, sticky or punchy snow, stick to low angle terrain and shady aspects.

Secondary Avalanche Danger

Dangerous Aspects
high
Danger Rose
1
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:
Nothing new. We continue to monitor a weak facetted sugary snow mixed with buried graupel associated with rain crusts which exists in the snowpack. The graupel layer and its behaviour needs to be monitored in the future. It will pay out to check your local snowpack for the existance and reactivity of this layer.

Recent Avalanche Activity

Recent Avalanche Activity
No new avalanches have been observed or reported recently.

If you observe any recent avalanche activity please report them by using the "Report an observation" link on the website.

Current Snowpack Conditions

Current Snowpack Conditions
The snowpack has seen a lot of sun and heat in the last couple of days. Just a light refreeze in the last nights. In general the variable conditions at the moment. Good spring skiing conditions on the northerly half. Some areas have a slick crust. South facing shady slopes in the high alpine have a crust facet combo. Tests in the snowpack show variable results - from no result to moderate to hard results. The moderate and hard results are happening in a layer of burried graupel and facets which is found across the region. The development of this layer needs to monitored in the next while and it pays out to dig a pit on your travels in the backcountry.

Mountain Weather

Mountain Weather
Fine day. Light S winds.

For more information check out the Metservice link below.


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

Sliding Danger

Slide For Life
Slopes facing the northerly half have an icy slick melt freeze crust in the morning hours. Be aware of sudden changes and be prepared to slow down and stop. Watch out when you take your skis off and be ready to arrest yourself and carry crampons and an ice axe on your travels.
Some alpine walking tracks can be slippery and icy.

Forecast by Markus Woertler

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