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Is Whakapapa snowsure?

The snowiest week in Whakapapa is week 1 of August. There are typically 3.5 snowy days during this week with 31cm of snowfall. 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.

Average monthly snow in Whakapapa

MonthSnow amount (week)Snow days (week)
June10cm2.4 days
July23cm3.3 days
August20cm3.5 days
September18cm3.2 days

Average Snow and Weather Conditions in Whakapapa during September (week 3):

The average snowfall forecast during week 3 of September for Whakapapa is 22 cm. There are typically 3.5 snowy days during this week. 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.


Snow History: Compare Resorts


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Snow Depths

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

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Summer

Whakapapa

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Lower Slopes
Upper Slopes
Fresh Snow

Average Snow Conditions in

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

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Summer

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. 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 Whakapapa and (2007 – 2018)

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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 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.