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Issued at 29/09/2016 8:03pm. Valid till 1/10/2016 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
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Time of day
All day
Alpine level
High Alpine: Above 2000m
Alpine: 1000 to 2000m
Low Alpine: Below 1000m
Description:
There is a LOW danger from loose wet avalanches. The danger could increase as rain/snow falls on Friday. Watch steep (>35 deg) slopes where recent new snow has built up and keep looking for signs of instability like roller-balling or small sluffs. If the snowpack underfoot becomes unsupportable it is probably time to move away to safer terrain.

Recent Avalanche Activity

Recent Avalanche Activity
No avalanches have been reported recently.

If you make any observations please enter them into the "Share an Observation" link on the left side of this page.

Current Snowpack Conditions

Current Snowpack Conditions
It is what it is out in the hills right now and any skiing/riding is better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick. Warm temperatures and very moist/rainy conditions have broken down the snowpack and made for somewhat heavy spring conditions. Observations have been limited but loose wet avalanches continue to be our biggest danger as warm spring weather persists. Most snow coverage is isolated to elevations above 1600m predominantly on S and E aspects.

Mountain Weather

Mountain Weather
A northerly flow will introduce itself to the area on Friday. The wind will increase from the N as this new system (FINALLY!!) begins to move in. Sporadic clearings in cloud cover may be possible in the morning but rain/snow showers are likely towards afternoon. The freezing level is forecast to be around 2200m.

New Zealand's spring weather conditions may change rapidly. Be sure to check the Met Service link below before you head out into the hills.


MetService
For more information go to: http://www.metservice.com/mountain/index

Sliding Danger

Slide For Life
Icy conditions could be found in the morning above 1600m. Be prepared by bringing an ice axe and/or crampons. Better yet, give the snowpack a little time and softer conditions may be had by mid-morning or later in the afternoon.

Forecast by Brad Carpenter

Avalanche Forecast Regions:
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