The new series encourages more conversation and sharing of avalanche experiences, especially amongst the mountaineering community, as part of the continued efforts to prevent avalanches fatalities in New Zealand.
Heavy rainfall has already soaked the snowpack, and will continue to, and we anticipate several large avalanche cycles through this period.
Yesterday, New Zealand Avalanche Advisory (NZAA) forecasters witnessed a very large size 5 avalanche up the Murchison Valley in Aoraki/Mt Cook National park.
"However, it’s doesn't matter the result of any test, you just have to be so careful - anything can happen,” says Joe O’Connor as he recalls being swept up in...
Read a 2021 media release urging people to stay away from the mountains across the country due to high avalanche danger ratings. Links to avalanche advisory.