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Whakapapa Snow Report for 22 Oct 2019

Ski New Zealand

Whakapapa Snow Report for 22 Oct 2019

Our Snow Report for Whakapapa brings daily updates on the snow conditions, snow depths, piste and offpiste conditions and the number of open ski lifts. The latest Whakapapa snow report shown below was updated on 22 Oct 2019. 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 Whakapapa.

Whakapapa Snow Report Issued: 22 Oct 2019

Season opens: 1 June 2019 | Season closes: 10 November 2019

Season open
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Most recent snowfallon 22 Oct 2019
Fresh snow depth:14 cm

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

Resort Ski Report:6 out of 8 Lifts open. 30 of 44 km of pistes open. If there is enough snow, Whakapapa plans to open weekends in November. Our model predicted that 14cm (6 inches) of snow fell over 36 hours between Monday 21 of October at 10PM and Wednesday 23 of October at 10AM NZDT at the mid mountain level. Compacted depth will be less.

Eyeball snow report
  1. Is it snowing? It is snowing steadily at Whakapapa.
*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
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)
Wed Thu Fri

(1660m — 1910m)

snow report yesterday

8 km away

Tukino webcam
11 cm
light snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1785 m
1150m 1400m 1350m

(1602m — 2322m)

snow report yesterday

10 km away

Spring snow 12 cm
snow showers
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1962 m
1150m 1450m 1300m

(1259m — 1679m)

snow report yesterday

126 km away

7 cm
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1469 m
1250m 1600m 1400m

(1540m — 1760m)

snow report yesterday

372 km away

18 cm
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1650 m
1200m 1200m 1350m

(1400m — 1750m)

snow report yesterday

410 km away

opens in 255 days 25 cm
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1575 m
1250m 1550m 1250m

Notes on the Whakapapa Snow Report

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

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

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

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