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Issued at 29/08/2014 8:15pm. Valid till 30/08/2014 6pm

Craigieburn Range

Current avalanche advisory
High Alpine

Above 2000 meters


1000 to 2000 meters

Sub Alpine

Below 1000 meters

Avalanche Danger Scale
Avalanche Danger Scale
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Primary Avalanche Danger

Dangerous Aspects
Danger Rose
Highest Danger Rating
No change
Time of day
Time of day
All day
Alpine level
High Alpine: Above 2000m
Alpine: 1000 to 2000m
Low Alpine: Below 1000m
It is still prudent to avoid steep (>35 deg) wind loaded terrain today, and watch for areas that feel drummy and hollow in your travels. Take the time to get your shovel out, dig a quick profile and test a slope you plan to shred today. Check out the cool new Youtube video to the left for some recent snowpack test results.

Recent Avalanche Activity

Recent Avalanche Activity
No avalanches have been reported in the previous several days.

If you would like to report any snowpack or avalanche information please feel free to use the observation link on this page.

Current Snowpack Conditions

Current Snowpack Conditions
Depending upon where you dig in the backcountry you might find a different snowpack today. In all of that variability there are a few constants:

1. Most north and east aspects have seen intense solar input over the last several days, but cool daytime temps, light winds, and low relative humidity have conspired to keep loose wet avalanche activity to practically non-existent.

2. If you can think back to a couple of weeks ago when we had some new snow fall out of the sky you might remember some wind that came with it. This snow/wind combo created new wind slabs that formed atop older layers of faceted snow and crusts. In the most recent tests these persistent slabs are only reacting to hard energy and it will likely take a lot of new snow or rain for them to wake-up.

3. In shaded and protected areas, where marginal amounts of snow exist, we are seeing a mostly faceted snowpack that may be capped by well developed surface hoar on top. In essence this is kind of like a worst case scenario that is just waiting for some new snow to come to rest upon it. Depending on the quantity of new snow, if we ever get any at all, we could see a nominal new avalanche cycle.

To sum it all up, we are in a bit of a holding pattern until the weather changes significantly, and when it does there is good potential for interesting and diverse avalanches to occur.

Mountain Weather

Mountain Weather
Expect to see mostly fine conditions and low clouds to 1000m in the morning and the evening. The wind will blow lightly from the northeast and the FAFL will remain around 1600-1800m. For more information check-out the Metservice link below.

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Sliding Danger

Slide For Life
Watch for ice on all aspects and elevations today, even flat ground has the potential to sweep you off your feet if it has seen some melt freeze. Carry an ice axe and crampons, and get them out well ahead of any slope you suspect might be icy that you plan to travel upon.

Forecast by Brad Carpenter

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