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Issued at 1/09/2014 6:53pm. Valid till 2/09/2014 6pm

Mt Hutt

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
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Time of day
All day
Alpine level
High Alpine: Above 2000m
Alpine: 1000 to 2000m
Low Alpine: Below 1000m
Description:
It is still prudent to be wary of 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 amazingly cool new Youtube video to the left for some recent snowpack test results.

Secondary Avalanche Danger

Dangerous Aspects
high
Danger Rose
1
Highest Danger Rating
Likelihood
indicator
gauge
Certain
Likely
Unlikely
Size
indicator
gauge
Largest
Small
Trend
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gauge
Increasing
No change
Decreasing
Time of day
clock
Time of day
11am - 3pm
Alpine level
High Alpine: Above 2000m
Alpine: 1000 to 2000m
Low Alpine: Below 1000m
Description:
There is a LOW danger from loose wet avalanches today. Be suspect of north aspect start zones that warm up by midday and avoid the runouts of steep north and east facing aspects in the afternoon.

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
Cold clear nights and warm sunny days have conspired to do some major changes to our snowpack over the previous two weeks.

On south aspects we are seeing a faceted and faceting snowpack that is also capped by a fresh new coat of surface hoar up to 5mm in many places. Tests have shown that a weak layer of facets can be found buried near the surface of our oldest snow. Often these facets are near the bottom of our existing snowpack. There have also been failures in tests on a layer of faceted snow buried in the top 30-50cm, or middle, of the snowpack. In other areas where this stratigraphy is not as present, we are seeing a very shallow, virtually continental style snowpack consisting of a weak melt freeze crust atop loose sugary facets to ground.

North and east aspects have seen some solar input that has been counteracted by low humidity and light cool breezes that have kept loose wet avalanches to a minimum.

To sum it all up, we are in a bit of a holding pattern until the weather changes significantly, but 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 1200m in the morning and the evening. The wind will blow lightly from the northwest with a southerly shift possible by afternoon. The FAFL will rise up to about 19-2000m. For more information check-out the Metservice link below.


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

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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