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Issued at 26/10/2014 9:43am. Valid till 28/10/2014 6pm

Wanaka

Mountain
Current avalanche advisory
High Alpine

Above 2000 meters

Alpine

1000 to 2000 meters

Sub Alpine

Below 1000 meters

Avalanche Danger Scale
Avalanche Danger Scale
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Primary Avalanche Danger

Dangerous Aspects
high
Danger Rose
2
Highest Danger Rating
Likelihood
indicator
gauge
Certain
Likely
Unlikely
Size
indicator
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Largest
Small
Trend
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Increasing
No change
Decreasing
Time of day
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Time of day
All day
Alpine level
High Alpine: Above 2000m
Alpine: 1000 to 2000m
Low Alpine: Below 1000m
Description:
Sunday's forecast snow showers and gale W winds will have built wind slab danger. We expect isolated pockets of dense wind slab lee to the W half in the higher elevations. These will likely be sensitive to triggering for a time. Give these areas time to settle for now, and choose low angled terrain until these problem aspects have had time to heal.

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
9am - 5pm
Alpine level
High Alpine: Above 2000m
Alpine: 1000 to 2000m
Low Alpine: Below 1000m
Description:
There is still a danger of wet slide activity as rain falls onto the lower elevation snowpack. Freezing levels are due to lower through Sunday which should reduce this wet slide danger . If the skies clear and the snow warms and softens (weakens), stick to high ground like ridges and spurs or select lower angled terrain.

Recent Avalanche Activity

Recent Avalanche Activity
No recent avalanche activity has been seen or reported

Our observation network is limited at this time of year. Please let us know if you have been out and seen any activity.

Current Snowpack Conditions

Current Snowpack Conditions
A generally solid spring snowpack exists. You may encounter localised areas of recent wind slab snow above 1900m in the western parts of the region. Continue to treat these as suspect, especially where their possible release may take you into terrain traps. Overnight refreezes are helping to re strengthen and counteract any weakening of the snowpack during the day due to heat from the sun.

Always gather you own field observations from low angled or short slopes that have little/no consequence before committing to larger slopes.

Mountain Weather

Mountain Weather
Rain and snow showers will persist through most of Sunday before clearing. Rain totals may reach around 25mm close to the main divide (Cascade saddle and Mt Aspiring). The freezing level will slowly lower on Sunday as winds ease and turn from West to SW. Monday mainly fine with cooler SW 1/4 winds


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Sliding Danger

Slide For Life
Cooler temperatures have likely refrozen surface snow layers and created a hard slick surface. Be wary of the terrain below you and where a sliding fall might take you. Use appropriate safety equipment like ice axe and crampons if necessary.

Forecast by Gordon Smith

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