Ski New Zealand

Mount Dobson Snow Report for 17 May 2018

Ski New Zealand

Mount Dobson Snow Report for 17 May 2018

Our Snow Report for Mount Dobson brings daily updates on the snow conditions, snow depths, piste and offpiste conditions and the number of open ski lifts. The latest Mount Dobson snow report shown below was updated on 17 May 2018. 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 Mount Dobson.

Mount Dobson Snow Report Issued: 17 May 2018

Season opens: 6 July 2018 | Season closes: 30 September 2018

Season closed
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Most recent snowfallon
Fresh snow depth: cm

Fresh snow depth
Upper / Lower
Snow Depth, cm
TopNew Snow at Top: –
Good pisteOn piste
PowderOff piste
Resort runsResort runsclosed

Resort Ski Report:0 out of 4 Lifts open.

Mount Dobson Snow Conditions:Resort not yet open

Reported Weather Conditions:, Temperature: 0°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)
Mon Tue Wed

(1500m — 1984m)

snow report yesterday

9705 km away

600
Spring 16 days ago
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light rain
Mid station 1742 m
3000m 3250m 3350m

(1720m — 2746m)

snow report today

12096 km away

Mt Bachelor webcam
150
81
Packed Powder 5 cm
today
2
cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 2233 m
2950m 3400m 3750m

(675m — 2284m)

snow report today

12547 km away

Whistler webcam
125
125
Slushy
Varied
21 days ago
3
rain showers
clear
clear
Mid station 1480 m
2700m 3300m 3800m

(1999m — 2999m)

snow report yesterday

20843 km away

114
64 days ago
rain showers
rain showers
thunderstorm
Mid station 2499 m
2950m 3100m 3250m

(1558m — 3303m)

snow report yesterday

20852 km away

52

Good
39 days ago
rain showers
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
Mid station 2430 m
2850m 3000m 3250m

Notes on the Mount Dobson Snow Report

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

Members can check the hindcast for a timeline of Mount Dobson weather conditions. This detailed weather log makes it easy to predict snow conditions at Mount Dobson, even when the snow report is too old to be useful. The hindcast shows when our weather model last predicted snowfall at Mount Dobson. 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, Mount Dobson snow conditions will change too, so it is important to check the time and date of the Mount Dobson snow report and to guess what effect the weather will have had on snow quality between then and now. For example, the Mount Dobson 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 Mount Dobson 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 Mount Dobson, study the Mount Dobson piste map in relation to the wind direction to determine the most likely locations.

We stress the importance of checking the date on the Mount Dobson snow report particularly around weekends. For example, the snow report for Mount Dobson 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 Mount Dobson (found in menu above) for the location of favourable slopes that may be described in the "Mount Dobson Snow Conditions" part of the snow report. In addition to checking the Mount Dobson 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.