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Issued at 26/06/2016 5:05pm. Valid till 29/06/2016 6pm

Craigieburn Range

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
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Certain
Likely
Unlikely
Size
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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:
Very light snowfall was observed at upper elevations in the Craigieburn Range on Sunday. For this reason the danger from storm snow avalanches is LOW. Keep checking back here for updates as more information filters in from the backcountry.

Recent Avalanche Activity

Recent Avalanche Activity
Observations and snow are limited at this time. No new avalanches have been reported recently

Current Snowpack Conditions

Current Snowpack Conditions
Observations of our snowpack are very limited at this time.

Most of the early season snow we received in May and June has vanished from the hills in recent days. Take heart however as some upper elevation areas are still clinging to remnants of our early winter coverage. Where snow does exist expect to find a spring-like snowpack with a firm melt-freeze crust at the surface and moist rain and temperature softened snow beneath. In coming days the icy surface will begin to set-up harder than concrete but we should see some new snowfall starting Sunday night and continuing into Monday and Tuesday. While there are likely no significant older instabilities in our snowpack currently, we could see new storm snow and wind slab dangers increase in coming days.

Mountain Weather

Mountain Weather
A southerly change is expected into the middle of the week. Snowfall amounts early on could reach 5-15cm depending upon elevation. Rain is likely at elevations below 1000m.

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MetService
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Sliding Danger

Slide For Life
Anywhere you see white expect slide for life conditions. This may change with new snow over the coming days but for now it will be wise to carry an ice axe and crampons and pay attention to any slope you are crossing.

Forecast by Brad Carpenter

Avalanche Forecast Regions:
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Mountainf Safety Council websiteAdventure Smart websiteNew Zealand Avalanche Center