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Whakapapa Snow Report for 26 Sep 2016

  • Weather Forecast for Whakapapa at  m altitude issued: 12 am28 Sep 2016 (local time)  
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Whakapapa Snow Report for 26 Sep 2016

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Our Snow Report for Whakapapa brings daily updates on the snow conditions, snow depths, piste and offpiste conditions and the number of open ski lifts. The latest Whakapapa snow report shown below was updated on 26 Sep 2016. Snow Reports are provided regularly throughout the ski season courtesy of our own network of ski resort managers, the Skiclub of Great Britain and Skiresort Service International GmbH. In addition to the current report on ski conditions, we also provide webcams (including a 4 week cam archive), current live observations from nearby weather stations and also historical snow data for Whakapapa.

Whakapapa Snow Report Issued: 26 Sep 2016

Season opens: 3 July 2016 | Season closes: 23 October 2016

Season open
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Most recent snowfallon 22 Sep 2016
Fresh snow depth:15cm

Fresh snow depth
Upper / Lower
Snow Depth, cm
212
204
BottomNew Snow in Resort: –
Good pisteon-piste Good
PowderOff pisteSpring snow
Resort runsResort runsclosed

Resort Ski Report:0 out of 12Lifts open.

Whakapapa Snow Conditions:Resort temporarily closed

Reported Weather Conditions:Changeable,Temperature: 2°C

  
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*User Snow Reports: these can only be submitted by registered users. If you would like to submit user snow reports, or become a resort manager to make more in-depth updates to this resort's information, please contact us.

Snow Reports for Nearby Resorts

Bottom Mid Top
Resort Webcam Top
snow depth
top and bottom
Good piste
on-piste
Powder
off-piste
Fresh snow depth
last snow
Fresh snow depth
next 9 days
0–3 | 3–6 | 6–9
snow (cm)
Weather Next 3 days weather forecast.
Freezing level (m)
Wed Thu Fri

(1625m — 2300m)

snow report 2 days ago

0 km away

212
204

Good
Spring snow
15 cm
6 days ago
24
2
44
light rain
moderate snow
light rain
Mid station 1962 m
2400m 2300m 2250m

(1602m — 2322m)

snow report 2 days ago

10 km away

Turoa webcam
200
200
Wet
Patchy
30 cm
20 days ago
17
1
40
light rain
moderate snow
moderate rain
Mid station 1962 m
2400m 2350m 2250m

(1540m — 1760m)

snow report 3 days ago

372 km away

Rainbow webcam
19 days ago
13
rain showers
light rain
rain showers
Mid station 1650 m
2250m 2250m 2200m

(1400m — 1820m)

snow report yesterday

541 km away

Broken River webcam
140
25
fresh 20 cm
3 days ago
8
light rain
light rain
rain showers
Mid station 1610 m
2150m 2150m 2350m

(1646m — 2096m)

snow report 2 days ago

551 km away

Mount Olympus webcam
1
11
light snow
light rain
rain showers
Mid station 1871 m
2150m 2100m 2350m

Notes on the Whakapapa Snow Report

The snow report describes the piste and off-piste ski conditions at Whakapapa. You can submit an updated snow report here. Piste and off-piste are often different so we ask snow reporters to describe Whakapapa piste and off-piste conditions separately. If these details are missing from the Whakapapa snow report, you can predict off-piste conditions using the snow depth, the date of the most recent snowfall at Whakapapa, the Whakapapa weather report and the forecast.

Members can check the hindcast for a timeline of Whakapapa weather conditions. This detailed weather log makes it easy to predict snow conditions at Whakapapa, even when the snow report is too old to be useful. The hindcast shows when our weather model last predicted snowfall at Whakapapa. It shows how much snow we think fell then, and the way freezing level, wind and weather have varied through time. You will be able to predict whether to expect off-piste powder, slush, spring snow, ice or wind crust.

If you see a report of powder or fresh snow conditions several days after snow last fell, there is usually a good reason. At crowded ski resorts, off-piste new snow will be tracked out within hours of a fresh fall but wherever crowds are light in relation to the accessible terrain, it will be possible to stay fresh much later, perhaps several days later. Alternatively, strong winds sometimes redistribute powder snow enough to cover old tracks, or it may simply be that the ski area was not fully open for some period after the snow fell, so fresh snow that fell a while ago has remained un-tracked until this report.

Whenever weather conditions change, Whakapapa snow conditions will change too, so it is important to check the time and date of the Whakapapa snow report and to guess what effect the weather will have had on snow quality between then and now. For example, the Whakapapa snow report on Friday afternoon may indicate fresh powder but if Friday night is mild and rainy then ski conditions will be very poor on Saturday morning. Conversely, if the weather stays stable and cold, the same snow report can be valid for more than a week. We advise that you check the Whakapapa snow forecast to see if conditions are likely to change before your visit.

Many skiers enjoy moguls and fast icy pistes but for off-piste skiers and free-ride snowboarders, fresh snow starts to deteriorate from the moment it settles. Wind, rain and periods of above-freezing temperature are the primary cause of the evolution from fresh powder to windslab, ice or slush. High altitude slopes that are shaded from the sun and sheltered from the wind preserve powder stashes longer after fresh snowfall. If the snow report mentions pockets of powder at Whakapapa, study the Whakapapa piste map in relation to the wind direction to determine the most likely locations.

We stress the importance of checking the date on the Whakapapa snow report particularly around weekends. For example, the snow report for Whakapapa on Friday may indicate powder after recent snowfall but following a sunny and busy weekend, when the locals hit the mountains en masse, the ski conditions (at any resort) can deteriorate rapidly and late arrivals may see very different ski conditions. Of course some people look for deteriorating conditions in the snow report for the likely development of mogul fields but for powder lovers and particularly snowboarders this can mean tracked out off-piste snow. Of course, this doesn’t always happen quickly after fresh snowfall particularly at quiet South facing resorts at high altitude where genuine powder stashes may be found days or even weeks later. It is worth checking the piste map for Whakapapa (found in menu above) for the location of favourable slopes that may be described in the "Whakapapa Snow Conditions" part of the snow report. In addition to checking the Whakapapa snow report we recommend that you check the snow forecasts found in the menu at the top of the page along with our ski resort guide.