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Issued at 23/07/2014 6:39pm. Valid till 24/07/2014 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
2
Highest Danger Rating
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Certain
Likely
Unlikely
Size
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Largest
Small
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All day
Alpine level
High Alpine: Above 2000m
Alpine: 1000 to 2000m
Low Alpine: Below 1000m
Description:
It has been snowing on and off since last weekend.While the accumulation of snow has not been great (10 - 15cm), it has been accompanied by moderate to strong Southerly winds. Consequently, areas of wind slab may be encountered on a range of aspects but particularly lee to the Southerly 1/4. Avoid ridge line entry slopes and any steep ground where the wind has created areas of stiff slab. The bond between the new snow and the old surface may be suspect in places as much of the new snow has landed on slippery crusts. Keep in mind that thin cover means that many terrain traps are deep and nasty. The best skiing and riding will be found in gullies and hollows which were sheltered from the strong Southerly winds.If you cannot see due to cloud remain on low angled terrain. Below 1800m, the pack remains very shallow.

Recent Avalanche Activity

Recent Avalanche Activity
No avalanches have been reported in the region during the past 24 hours.

Current Snowpack Conditions

Current Snowpack Conditions
It has been snowing intermittently over the past few days.A greater amount of snow has fallen in the South of the region(towards Queenstown) than has fallen in the North. Much of the new snow will be landing on crusts and thus may initially be poorly bonded to the old surface. Stout crusts are widespread - in some areas they are exposed, in other areas they are buried.The lower pack appears reasonably well consolidated at present. The cover is very sparse below 1800m.

Mountain Weather

Mountain Weather
Cloudy with snow showers and strong SW winds which may gust to 80kph at higher elevations.Be prepared for periods of poor visibility.


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Sliding Danger

Slide For Life
Hard crusts are present in many areas so keep in mind that you could take a long, uncontrolled slide if you fall over.Crampons and an axe or ski crampons are a wise addition to your touring kit at the moment.

Forecast by Simon Howells

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