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Is Mount Washington snowsure?

The snowiest week in Mount Washington is week 2 of March. There are typically 4.7 snowy days during this week with 70cm of snowfall. Check out the Mount Washington Snow History graphs below. Select any week of the year to see the typical Ski Conditions, Snowfall Amount and Temperature based on nowcast weather data over the last 11 years.

Average monthly snow in Mount Washington

MonthSnow amount (week)Snow days (week)
December56cm4.0 days
January48cm3.6 days
February45cm4.0 days
March56cm5.0 days
April33cm3.9 days

Average Snow and Weather Conditions in Mount Washington during January (week 3):

The average snowfall forecast during week 3 of January for Mount Washington is 60 cm. There are typically 3.2 snowy days during this week. Mount Washington normal weather and snow conditions during the third week of January at the middle elevation of the ski area at 1338m, based on historical averages over the last 11 years: At this time of year the usual freezing level (1643m) is slightly higher than the mid altitude of Mount Washington. Based on long-term averages, there are three days with snowfall per week in Mount Washington in the middle of January but a rainy day during this week happens about one year in two. Forecast model average snowfall for the week is 60cm. Day temperatures at the mid altitude in Mount Washington during week three of January usually get above freezing (average maximum is 0.1°C) but overnight temperatures typically fall to -0.9°C degrees so expect freeze-thaw cycles. On average, only one or two days with sunshine per week. Mostly light winds (average 20km/h) are unlikely to affect lift operations but the historical norm is for the mean wind to reach 30km/h one or two days in this week. Sunny, calm and below freezing ideal weather days that follow fresh snow (bluebird powder days) occur on average one day every second year during this week while fresh snow days that don't have perfect weather also happen on average one or two days during this week every year.


Snow History: Compare Resorts


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Snow Depths

Recorded snow depths for the upper and lower slopes in Mount Washington and (2007 – 2018).

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Summer

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Lower Slopes
Upper Slopes
Fresh Snow

Average Snow Conditions in

Best ski days per week in Mount Washington and (2007 – 2018)

Winter
Summer

Bluebird Powder Day
(Fresh snow, mostly sunny, light wind)
Powder Day
(Fresh snow, limited sun, any wind)
Bluebird Day
(Average snow, mostly sunny, light wind)
Very windy days
(>30km/h)

The most cherished days on the mountain in Mount Washington are Bluebird Powder days when it is mostly sunny with light winds following very recent snowfall. Poorer weather conditions may prevail on Powder days when the visibility can be limited but the snow is significantly deep and fresh for keen powder-hounds. Bluebird days can suit many skiers that aren’t necessarily hunting powder but want to enjoy the snowy mountains in sunnier conditions and light winds.


Average Snowfall in

Graph showing the average precipitation (snow/rain) in Mount Washington and (2007 – 2018)

Winter
Summer

Snowfall amount
(bar chart)
Days with significant snowfall.
(>5cm)
Days with significant rainfall.
(>5mm)

The snowiest weeks of the year in Mount Washington are shown but also bear in mind the number of days that it typically snows each week if you want regular fresh tracks. The risk of a rainy day is shown but be sure to switch between elevations to see if lower lifts are rain affected or higher lifts remain snowy despite any rain further down the mountain.


Average Temperature in

Graph showing the average temperature and freezing level at Mount Washington and (2007 – 2018)

Winter
Summer

Average temperature
Maximum
Minimum
Temperatures
Above freezing
Below freezing
Freezing level
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The highest and lowest temperatures averaged for each week of the year in Mount Washington are shown. Check out the risk of freze-thaw conditions prevailing at different elevations for any given week. We also show the extremes of temperature (blue/red dots) that reveal the chance of unusually warm or cold conditions.