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New Zealand guidelines and recording standards for weather, snowpack, and avalanche observations

NZ Guidelines and Recording Standards for Weather, Snowpack and Avalanche Observations (2017, NZ)
Published by the New Zealand Mountain Safety Council

Continuous information about the weather, snowpack condition and avalanche occurrences is essential for making decisions about avalanche safety in mountain operations including ski areas, guiding operations(heliskis or ski touring) and road safety operations. 

Longer term, data is also required for hazard studies, the development of avalanche forcasting techniques and control programmes. Uniform methods of observations and terminology assist at least for the exchange of information between different operations.

These guidelines are the standard for New Zealand.

You can download a PDF of the document here. 

You can access the amendments to the previous version here.

You can purchase them on our Online Store here


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