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Issued at 1/09/2014 7:35am. Valid till 2/09/2014 6pm

Wanaka

Mountain
Current avalanche advisory
High Alpine

Above 2000 meters

Alpine

1000 to 2000 meters

Sub Alpine

Below 1000 meters

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
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Largest
Small
Trend
indicator
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Increasing
No change
Decreasing
Time of day
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Time of day
10am - 3pm
Alpine level
High Alpine: Above 2000m
Alpine: 1000 to 2000m
Low Alpine: Below 1000m
Description:
With an extended spell of warmer temperatures we are witnessing an increase in wet slide activity on the solar aspects. Most of these slides have been small (size 1) . Pin wheeling and small point releases are signs that the surface is beginning to heat rapidly and lose cohesion. Avoid steep, unsupported slopes if the snow is becoming very soft or slushy as there is a chance that it could release as a wet slide without warning. The best skiing and riding at the moment is likely to be found on the solar aspects (North through West) as they begin to soften mid morning but before they become too soft or rotten. Be prepared to move to different aspects throughout the day.

Recent Avalanche Activity

Recent Avalanche Activity
It has been pretty quiet on the avalanche front for a couple of weeks.The last reported avalanche activity was on 140826 by a local heli ski operator - a number of small (size 1) wet slides on Northern aspects.

Current Snowpack Conditions

Current Snowpack Conditions
Areas of melt/freeze crust are developing especially on the solar aspects (East through North to West)Patches of very hard wind slab may still be found particularly, slopes lee to the SW. Time and warmer temperatures have worked to bond this slab into the old surface. Buried facet layers (weak, sugary snow) and a layer of buried graupel (loose, pellet like snow) may exist in places especially on cold, shady slopes (South and SE aspects).The pack is disappearing rapidly below about 1500m.

Mountain Weather

Mountain Weather
The weather looks settled until at least the middle of the week. There is still time to squeeze in a multi day trip before the weather changes. Monday - fine with areas of morning cloud or fog. Light Southerly winds. The freezing level is due to rise slightly to 1900m.The recent rise in the freezing level and warmer daytime temperatures have led to softer snow conditions and better skiing and riding.


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Sliding Danger

Slide For Life
Areas of melt/freeze crust are currently widespread. Keep in mind that you could take a long, uncontrolled slide if you fall over. Remain alert as to where you would end up if you took a slide and exercise extra caution if the run out is poor. As we shift to more Spring like conditions, it is worth considering ski crampons or crampons and an axe as part of your touring kit..

Forecast by Simon Howells

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