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Issued at 13/10/2015 11:09am.

Arthur's Pass

Current avalanche advisory
High Alpine

Above 2000 meters


1000 to 2000 meters

Sub Alpine

Below 1000 meters

Avalanche Danger Scale
Avalanche Danger Scale
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The avalanche forecasting season for the region has now ended and will start up again next June. It is possible for avalanche conditions to exist whenever there is snow on the ground. We advise using caution in steep areas and on slopes lee to prevailing storms for at least a few days following fresh snowfall. Ice axes and crampons will be a must during these times. If temperatures have not been below 0 degrees, then expect some wet slide activity especially through the hottest part of the day. NE – W aspects will usually soften the quickest and the most, so proceed with caution and be prepared to change plan. During significant rain fall spring avalanches may reach valley floor. For further avalanche information please contact the local Department of Conservation office. Enjoy your summer.

Recent Avalanche Activity

Recent Avalanche Activity
Thanks for a great season, be safe this Spring!

Current Snowpack Conditions

Current Snowpack Conditions
Arthur's Pass National Park often has similar conditions to Mt Cook region. Check this site:

Mountain Weather

Mountain Weather

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Sliding Danger

Slide For Life
Slick snow conditions exist throughout the entire park especially earlier in the day. An ice axe and crampons are highly recommended for any snow travel.

Forecast by Peter Biskind

Avalanche Forecast Regions:
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