Avalanche risk high: People urged to stay away from mountains

A NZ Herald article.

People are being urged to stay away from the mountains across the country over the next few days due to high avalanche danger ratings making them an “unsafe place”.

The NZ Mountain Safety Council (MSC) said avalanche danger levels have reached a winter-season high after the last storm system delivered significant amounts of new snow, leaving the mountains a dangerous place.

It is not common that eight out of 12 avalanche forecasting regions are classified as “high” avalanche danger and the remaining four as “considerable”, the MSC said.

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