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Avalanche Risk (Local)
21/11/2017 20:41hrs
HIGH ALPINE
(Above 2000m)
LOW
Generally safe, watch for unstable snow on isolated terrain features.
ALPINE
(1000m - 2000m)
MODERATE
Heightened avalanche conditions on specific terrain features.
SUB ALPINE
(Below 1000m)
LOW
Generally safe, watch for unstable snow on isolated terrain features.
Mountain Conditions
General Conditions (Updated 0746hrs Fri 24th November, 2017):
Variable conditions, with freezing levels getting very high (4000-5000m), and the diurnal low not being sustained long enough to give good surface freezes. Anything facing the sun (particularly in the hours before sunset) tends remain fairly soupy requiring sustained step-plugging, though southern and high ridge approaches are a bit firmer, but not by much (20-30cm plugs). The snow-pack at mid-altitudes (1000m - 1900m) tends to soften up dramatically after midday and is best avoided. Natural and human triggered wet snow sluffs are very possible by PM on almost any aspect! Self-arrests are near impossible. Dead-man anchors are preferential (snow-stakes dislodge).

Generally the snow-pack is now in melt-down mode, and is disappearing fast - some stress & glide cracks are starting to form on steep slopes that are naked grass or scree in summer; glaciers are still generally presenting devoid of features (crevasses & bergschrunds), but this could change quickly as melt reactivates the movement.

And an unsubtle reminder, as this is the season when someone always seems to come to grief this way... avoid butt-slides and glissading in areas of poor run-out, as the slope may go with you into that waiting crevasse, or over that cliff!

So now the MSC Avalanche Forecasting has ended for the season, the actual Avalanche Season begins; some recent observations indicate that things aren't necessarily stable out there. Have started "local" avalanche risk assessments on this website, for this I need good feed-back from the hills (graemek@xtra.co.nz) as only check out the snow-pack around Rolle once a week or so.

  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Bealey Face(New) 24/11/2017
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Bealey Face
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Rome Ridge(New) 24/11/2017
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Rome Ridge
  • Mt Stuart (1906m)(New) 24/11/2017
    Mt Stuart (1906m)
  • Phipps Peak (1965m) - West Ridge(New) 24/11/2017
    Phipps Peak (1965m) - West Ridge
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - High Peak Access(New) 23/11/2017
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - High Peak Access
  • Blimit (1921m)(New) 22/11/2017
    Blimit (1921m)
  • Mt Cassidy (1850m)(New) 22/11/2017
    Mt Cassidy (1850m)
  • Mt Temple (1913m)(New) 22/11/2017
    Mt Temple (1913m)
  • Mt Murchison (2408m)(New) 18/11/2017
    Mt Murchison (2408m)
  • Mt Wakeman (2227m)(New) 18/11/2017
    Mt Wakeman (2227m)
  • Mt Harper (2222m)11/11/2017
    Mt Harper (2222m)
  • Hills Peak (1640m)06/11/2017
    Hills Peak (1640m)
  • Mt Aicken (1858m)06/11/2017
    Mt Aicken (1858m)
  • Mt Barron (1730m)06/11/2017
    Mt Barron (1730m)
  • Mt Bealey (1836m) - North aspect06/11/2017
    Mt Bealey (1836m) - North aspect
  • Mt Philistine (1967m)06/11/2017
    Mt Philistine (1967m)
  • Mt Philistine - Philistine Bluffs (1967m)06/11/2017
    Mt Philistine - Philistine Bluffs (1967m)
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Goldney Ridge06/11/2017
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Goldney Ridge
  • Phipps Peak (1965m) - South Face06/11/2017
    Phipps Peak (1965m) - South Face
  • Carrington Peak (2010m)01/11/2017
    Carrington Peak (2010m)
  • Mt Isobel (2036m)01/11/2017
    Mt Isobel (2036m)
  • Mt Campbell (1829m)31/10/2017
    Mt Campbell (1829m)
  • Mt Guinevere (2042m)31/10/2017
    Mt Guinevere (2042m)
  • Mt Lancelot (2112m)31/10/2017
    Mt Lancelot (2112m)
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) -  Crow Face31/10/2017
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Crow Face
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Crow Icefall31/10/2017
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Crow Icefall
  • Mt Speight (2116m) - Speight Buttress31/10/2017
    Mt Speight (2116m) - Speight Buttress
  • Mt Stewart (1934m)31/10/2017
    Mt Stewart (1934m)
  • Avalanche Peak (1833m)27/10/2017
    Avalanche Peak (1833m)
  • Mt Philistine - Philistine Ramp (1967m)18/10/2017
    Mt Philistine - Philistine Ramp (1967m)
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Otira Face18/10/2017
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Otira Face
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Otira Slide18/10/2017
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Otira Slide
  • Philistine Traverse18/10/2017
    Philistine Traverse
  • Lyell Peak (1828m)17/10/2017
    Lyell Peak (1828m)
  • The Dome (1938m) - North aspect17/10/2017
    The Dome (1938m) - North aspect
  • Mid Hill (1831m) - East aspect12/09/2017
    Mid Hill (1831m) - East aspect
  • Mt Davie (2280m)12/09/2017
    Mt Davie (2280m)
  • Mt Oates (2041m)12/09/2017
    Mt Oates (2041m)
  • Kellys Range - Kelly Hill (1408m)11/09/2017
    Kellys Range - Kelly Hill (1408m)
  • Baldy Hill (1834)10/09/2017
    Baldy Hill (1834)
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Weather Information
Saturday
25 Nov

7 / 17ºC
Sunday
26 Nov

7 / 17ºC
Monday
27 Nov

8 / 21ºC
Tuesday
28 Nov

9 / 21ºC
Wednesday
29 Nov

9 / 18ºC
Thursday
30 Nov

8 / 19ºC
Friday
1 Dec

8 / 18ºC
Saturday
2 Dec

9 / 16ºC
Sunday
3 Dec

8 / 15ºC
Monday
4 Dec

8 / 14ºC
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Update:25/11/17 03:00hrs
 
LATEST DAILY READINGS
Update: 25/11/17 3:56hrs NZST
Sunrise: 4:53hrs
Sunset: 19:50hrs
Temperature: 6.9ºC  (Falling)
Temperature (Low): 6.9ºC
Temperature (High): 11.4ºC
Wind Chill: 6.9ºC
Humidity: 100%  (Rising)
Barometer: 1022.60mb (Rising)
Wind Speed: 0km/h
Wind Direction: S
Wind Gust: 11km/h (0:06hrs)
Cloud Base: 730m ASL
Freezing Level: 2092m
Daily Rainfall: 0mm
24 Hour Rain: 0mm

SNOW MODEL
Last Update: 25/11/2017 03:04
Location: Mt Rolleston (Goldney Ridge) 1800m
Alt. Temp: 0.9ºC
Alt. Windspeed: 0.0kmph
Alt. Av. Windspeed: 0.0kmph
Alt. Max. Windspeed: 0.0kmph
Alt. Wind Chill: N/A
Last Snowfall: 17 days ago
7 Day Snowfall: 0.0cm
Snowpack Depth: 0.0cm
Windslab E: 19.1cm
REMOTE WEATHER STATIONS
 
Location
UpdatedToday's
Rainfall
2 Day
Rainfall
3 Day
Rainfall
Carrington Hut25/11/2017 - 00:05hrs0.0mm0mm0mm
Mid Poulter River25/11/2017 - 00:35hrs0.0mm0mm0mm
Grasmere Stn25/11/2017 - 00:05hrs0.0mm0mm0mm
Mt Cheeseman25/11/2017 - 00:05hrs0.0mm0mm0mm

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