Here’s a quick step through how to set-up the Emergency Victoria digital applications to receive early warnings and advice. This is a genius service that is unfortunately not better utilised by our users group. Basically if the avalanche danger rating escalates, or a severe weather system approaches (one of the same thing over the snow season), the same messages you see here on our site will be pushed to you via your preferred channel (push notification and or email) via the EMV site.
(links at the bottom of the page).
We recommend an 80 kilometre radius originating from Mount Hotham. This means the EMV will ping you the relevant advice with time enough to change your plans and perhaps head to some more suitable objective, given the conditions, as your in transit.
Its also worthwhile looking at the options to receive warnings around a bunch of stuff like fallen trees or rescues for example. And choose how you want to receive the warnings.
Using this service:
To quote parks: Parks Victoria recognises there are differences in conditions in resort managed areas and conditions in the backcountry. These differences include altitude (possibly 200-300m), snow pack, precipitation, snowfall and depths, and wind effects. These differences may dilute the accuracy of any backcountry condition predictions. Hazards and risks may also persist in backcountry areas for longer periods than in resort managed areas.
The system used by EMV is a state wide local warning and advice protocol. It is not the international system for avalanche hazard reporting as you see here on our site, or may be familiar with overseas. Our understanding is that ‘Advice’ is issued at what would internationally be a rating of ‘Considerable’. So be sure to check here at MSC for the full round-up of all the conditions and specific hazards observed for every backcountry adventure you undertake.