Whakapapa Snow History

Is Whakapapa snowsure? Check out the Whakapapa 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. Whether you prefer bluebird conditions, powder days in any weather or just reliable snow in guaranteed sub-zero temperatures you can easily find the best week to go.

This week in history: Whakapapa normal weather and snow conditions during the third week of September at the middle elevation of the ski area at 1962m, based on historical averages over the last 10 years: At this time of year the mean freezing level (1990m) is very near the mid altitude of Whakapapa. Snowy weather is typical. On average, expect three or four days with snowfall per week in Whakapapa in the middle of September but a rainy day during this week happens about one year in two. Forecast model average snowfall for the week is 22cm. Daytime temperatures at the mid altitude in Whakapapa during week three of September usually get above freezing (average maximum is 0.3°C) but overnight temperatures typically fall to -1.0°C degrees so expect freeze-thaw cycles. Expect the sun to come out on two or three days per week. Frequently windy. (average 32km/h) with the mean wind greater than 30km/h three days per week, perhaps strong enough to affect lift operations. Calm, sunny and below freezing perfect weather days that follow fresh snowfall (bluebird powder days) occur on average one day during this week while fresh snow days that don't coincide with perfect weather conditions also happen on average one day during this week every year.

Whakapapa Snow Conditions

Best ski days per week in Whakapapa (2007 – 2018)

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    Lift
  • Mid
    Mountain
  • Bottom
    Lift
  • Best ski days:

  • 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)

Whakapapa

Winter
Summer
  • Best ski days:

  • 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 Whakapapa are Bluebird Powder days when it is mostly sunny with light winds following very recent snowfall. 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.

Whakapapa Snowfall

Average precipitation (snow/rain) in Whakapapa (2007 – 2018)

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    Lift
  • Mid
    Mountain
  • Bottom
    Lift
  • Precipitation:

  • Snowfall amount

    (bar chart)

  • Days with significant snowfall.

    (>5cm)

  • Days with significant rainfall.

    (>5mm)

Whakapapa

Winter
Summer
  • Precipitation:

  • Snowfall amount

    (bar chart)

  • Days with significant snowfall.

    (>5cm)

  • Days with significant rainfall.

    (>5mm)

The snowiest weeks of the year in Whakapapa are shown but also bear in mind the number of days that it typically snows each week if you want regular fresh tracks. 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.

Whakapapa Temperature

Average temperature in Whakapapa (2007 – 2018)

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    Lift
  • Mid
    Mountain
  • Bottom
    Lift
  • Average temperature:

  • Maximum

  • Minimum

  • Temperatures:

  • Above freezing

  • Below freezing

  • Freezing level:

  • Dashed line

Whakapapa

Winter
Summer
Freezing level
  • Average temperature:

  • Maximum

  • Minimum

  • Temperatures:

  • Above freezing

  • Below freezing

  • Freezing level:

  • Dashed line

The highest and lowest temperatures averaged for each week of the year in Whakapapa 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.

Whakapapa snow history summary by month

Snowfall (per week)*Snowy days (per week)*
Snow in June10cm2.4 days
Snow in July23cm3.3 days
Snow in August20cm3.5 days
Snow in September18cm3.2 days

* Averages based on historical nowcast data