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Mount Lyford Snow Forecast

  • Weather Forecast for Mount Lyford at 1575 m altitude issued: 6 pm23 Oct 2016 (local time)  
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Mount Lyford Snow Forecast

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Days 0-3 Mount Lyford Weather Summary:

Moderate rain (total 17.0mm) heaviest on Tue afternoon, then becoming colder with a dusting of snow on Tue night. Mild temperatures (max 8°C on Sun afternoon, min 1°C on Wed morning). Winds increasing (calm on Sun night, gales from the NNW by Mon night).

Days 4-6 Mount Lyford Weather Summary:

Light rain (total 6.0mm) at first, then becoming colder with a dusting of snow on Sat morning. Freeze-thaw conditions (max 8°C on Fri morning, min -1°C on Sat morning). Winds increasing (light winds from the WSW on Wed afternoon, gales from the NW by Fri night).
SunMonday 24Tuesday 25Wednesday 26Thursday 27Friday 28Sat
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
snow showers
light snow
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
snow showers
Wind (km/h)
10 NNW10
10 N10
20 N20
30 N30
65 NNW65
20 NNW20
20 NW20
5 ESE5
30 SSW30
15 SW15
15 WNW15
15 WNW15
20 WSW20
20 WNW20
25 NW25
45 NW45
55 WNW55
20 SW20
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Snow map
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Snow cm
Rain mm
Max °C
Min °C
Freezing level (m)315030002850265025002250240022001850210021002000220023502600275022501500
Mount Lyford freezing level scale
snowy slopeMount Lyford freezing level

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The above table gives the weather forecast for Mount Lyford at the specific elevation of 1575 m. Our sophisticated weather models allow us to provide snow forecasts for the top, middle and bottom ski stations of Mount Lyford. To access the weather forecasts for the other elevations, use the tab navigation above the table. For a wider view of the weather, check out the Weather Map of New Zealand.

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Visitor Reviews of Mount Lyford

Rob from United Kingdom writes:

Mt Lyford is a very worthwhile little resort. It is located on the edge of the Kaikouras about 40 minutes drive from the famous surf breaks. The location gives it a rather different climate to any other New Zealand reports and so it can have good seasons when other places are poor and vice versa. It is not terribly far from either Hanmer or Rainbow yet the weather at Mount Lyford is often very different. Easterly winds favour snowfall here but there is some exposure to southerly fronts too. Depending on the season, snow bases can range from 50cm to almost 5m.

Mount Lyford is also unusual because there are many wooden chalets located above the winter snowline in the beech forest giving it a tranquil and Alpine feel. You can either hire a chalet here or stay in the ski-lodge down by the main road where there are rooms for all budgets. Alternatively, stay at popular Hanmer Springs or even at Kaikoura.

The actual ski area is located several kms away and chains and/or 4WD are usually needed for access. Skiing is all above the trees which can cause problems if it is windy or if visibility is poor.

Skiing facilities comprise of various drag lifts and a rope. They cover a modest area but as long as the lower lifts are running some longish runs are possible. It is nice terrain - not as challenging as say Broken River or Craigieburn, but good enough for most. Mid week tends to be very quiet here.

The top rope tow gives access to a very nice off-piste area and ski touring options abound as long as it is safe to do so. The staff are friendly and there is a small Day Lodge for food and drinks or just a break. The views are incredible.

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