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Issued at 3/07/2015 9:52pm. Valid till 4/07/2015 6pm

Mt Hutt

Mountain
Current avalanche advisory
High Alpine

Above 2000 meters

Alpine

1000 to 2000 meters

Sub Alpine

Below 1000 meters

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Primary Avalanche Danger

Dangerous Aspects
high
Danger Rose
2
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Certain
Likely
Unlikely
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Largest
Small
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Alpine level
High Alpine: Above 2000m
Alpine: 1000 to 2000m
Low Alpine: Below 1000m
Description:
The danger rating sits on MODERATE for the mid and high elevation bands heading into the weekend. Conditions are variable in the backcountry, after a week of mother nature throwing everything she had at us we have a mixed back of issues. Up to 50cm of freshly deposited wind slab sits above a pack with a facet crust interface weakness. Testing has resulted in some areas proving un-reactive whilst other similar slopes have large sections of settlement occurring.These observations occurred during testing today in the Palmer Range just north of Mt Hutt. What this spells out is accurate slope evaluations and testing is needed. Show concern for any areas that show signs of fresh smooth new snow pockets. Remember thin areas around rock features may not be your "island of safety" but rather a catalyst on steep angled terrain. Take the time to scope out your route and make smart decisions.

Recent Avalanche Activity

Recent Avalanche Activity
No new activity has been reported in the Mt Hutt range today

A report out of the palmer range just North of Mt Hutt described some variable spooky conditions with a large settlement occurring at 1900m. This is presumed to have happened as a newly deposited wind slab lee to the NW has over loaded buried week facets in the pack. The message taken from this is areas are varied and further investigation is needed.

Current Snowpack Conditions

Current Snowpack Conditions
VARIABLE......... With up to 10cm of wind effected new snow falling on Friday combined with a period of rain at all elevations conditions on the ground are varied. Pockets of up to 50cm have been observed lee to the NW and have been proved to be non-reactive to ski cutting at local ski area. Lower elevations has taken on the brunt of the rain with snow cover becoming moist. Concern still remains for the facet crust interfaces form late last month with a close eye need to assess any possibilities of these weakness become over loaded.

Mountain Weather

Mountain Weather
Freezing levels race up to 2500m as the NW winds build during the day and into late evening. High cloud may be the main worry through early parts of the day as we come out the back end of the overnight weather.


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Forecast by Ronan Maguire

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