IMPORTANT: The following information is provided in good faith. Both the observation and forecasting methods used to provide this summary are not consistent with international standard. They are based in the collective experience of those providing input on the conditions, the hazards and the respective rating if provided. Due to both the spatial and often subjective nature of the observation input available, forecasting is at best an estimate. Understanding, knowledge and practise in self assessment of alpine hazards is crucial to safe backcountry travel in all alpine areas covered here.
Recent warm days, below zero nights, melt freeze cycles and wind have left the Main Range a patchwork of conditions. Anything facing south, windward aspects and ridges are firm to say the least even with high freeze levels and reports of surface rime in the alpine are the main features. North aspects will soften during the day and pockets of wind blown snow and graupel are creating a zebra like pattern on lee slopes.
The snowpack is solid with nothing sinister to report from yesterday’s pit. The hazard for the next few days will definitely be dealing with the surface conditions on the up and the down. Following the sun and getting home before the temp drops in the arvo is the go.
• Extensive hard ice prevails at all altitudes and all aspects.
Variable warmer and windy conditions will prevail ahead of fast moving front arriving Wednesday.
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