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Whakapapa Snow History

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 February (week 4):

The average snowfall forecast during week 4 of February for Whakapapa is 0 cm. There are typically 0.1 snowy days during this week. Whakapapa typical weather and snow conditions during the last week of February at the middle elevation of the ski area at 1962m, based on historical averages over the last 11 years: At this time of year the average freezing level (3611m) is a long way above the mid altitude of Whakapapa. Snow falls on just one day every 14 years in Whakapapa at the end of February but in a typical year there are a couple of wet days during this week of February. In the years when snow falls at this time of year, forecast model average snowfall for the week is 0cm. Temperatures generally above freezing both night and day in Whakapapa during week four of February with average maximum temperature 8.5°C and minimum temperature 7.0°C at the mid altitude. Usually there are four days per week when the sun comes out at this time of year. Mainly light winds (average 18km/h) but you can expect the mean wind to reach 30km/h one day per week.


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Snow Conditions

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.


Snowfall

Average precipitation (snow/rain) in Whakapapa 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 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.


Temperature

Average temperature in Whakapapa and (2007 – 2018)

Winter
Summer

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.