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Issued at 1/09/2014 4:03pm. Valid till 2/09/2014 6pm

Tongariro

Mountain
Current avalanche advisory
High Alpine

Above 2000 meters

Alpine

1000 to 2000 meters

Sub Alpine

Below 1000 meters

Avalanche Danger Scale
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Primary Avalanche Danger

Dangerous Aspects
high
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1
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Certain
Likely
Unlikely
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Largest
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Alpine level
High Alpine: Above 2000m
Alpine: 1000 to 2000m
Low Alpine: Below 1000m
Description:
We have had small amounts of new snow which has been blown around into areas of windslab on isolated slopes that face the North West above 2000m. These are up to 30cm deep near ridge crest, but thin out to nothing a few meters down slope. Warmer temperatures have helped this new snow strengthen up to the point where human triggering will be unlikely. Up on the very tops of Ruapehu (slopes above the crater lake plateau) there may be some lingering windslabs which have remained cold and therefore may still have a weakness within them. If you are heading up those ways, then it might be a good idea to carefully check any areas of new loading before you commit to them. We might get the odd snow shower over Tuesday, but at this stage it doesn't look like this will build up enough to significantly increase the the danger.

Recent Avalanche Activity

Recent Avalanche Activity
No new avalanche activity.

Current Snowpack Conditions

Current Snowpack Conditions
A few cm's of new snow has fallen over the last 24 hours. Up above 2000m Easterly winds started to blow this around over Monday morning. This resulted in small windslabs up to 30cm deep which were isolated to right up near the ridge crest, tapering off to nothing a few meters down slope. The temperatures increased around midday and quickly bonded this snow into place. The melt freeze crust which formed over the last spell of awesome weather still remains the main surface layer in most other parts.

Mountain Weather

Mountain Weather
A mixed bag for Tuesday. Cloudy with the odd snow shower above 1600m (but not expecting much accumulation), and moderate South Easterly winds.


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Sliding Danger

Slide For Life
Expect it to be icy on windward slopes.

Forecast by Ryan Leong

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