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Issued at 26/07/2014 4:09pm. Valid till 27/07/2014 6pm

Aoraki/Mt Cook

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
Danger Rose
2
Highest Danger Rating
Likelihood
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Certain
Likely
Unlikely
Size
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Largest
Small
Trend
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Increasing
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Time of day
All day
Alpine level
High Alpine: Above 2000m
Alpine: 1000 to 2000m
Low Alpine: Below 1000m
Description:
Conditions are generally favorable at present, however the funneling nature of the terrain with recent wind, along with the variability in distribution of snow and layering means that slab conditions maybe encountered on many aspects. Shallow slabs are most likely in areas lee to the recent S/SW winds especially at higher elevations.

Recent Avalanche Activity

Recent Avalanche Activity
Recent ice cliff activity off Hochstetter Dome was not seen to trigger anything in the pack. No other new observations.

Current Snowpack Conditions

Current Snowpack Conditions

About 20cm of loose facetted snow overlies a firm crust that is starting to break down in places with continuing cool temperatures. Recent winds out of the S/SW have pressed exposed and higher elevation terrain, but sheltered areas are holding dry powder. The snowpack is mostly stable although there is still a chance of triggering small slabs on steep unsupported terrain above 2000m. If traveling in glaciated terrain some caution should be taken: there are thin, brittle snow bridges out there.

Mountain Weather

Mountain Weather
A mainly fine weekend ahead. A change looks to come in early next week with winds and precipitation out of the north, then an unstable W to NW flow looks to become established.


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Sliding Danger

Slide For Life
An Axe and crampon will come in handy for safe travel on steep slopes. Icy crusts exist in places beneath loose dry surface snow, and solar aspects low down will freeze hard overnight when temperatures drop.

Forecast by Ben Taylor

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