Snow Reports 2013 for NZ
MONDAY APRIL 22, 2013
Our packages are day-by-day longrange snow reports for the main NZ skifields for 2013.
The locations we cover this year are:
Chateau (and Top of Bruce)
Ohakune (and Turoa)
Wanaka (and peaks)
Queenstown (and peaks)
For the price of the package you receive the value of 9 months longrange service, normally $30 per month if you get them through Forecasts, but with added graphs, written diary, tables of priority and preciptation guides.
The value of the longrange planning is to save booking if conditions are bad, and plan to go when snow has just fallen and the sun is shining. This is important if we are taking children to the slopes. There is nothing worse than waiting for weather to clear in some foreign cabin, with tiny bored toddlers in tow.
The cost is about the same as a snack at a ski resort cafe, and is less cost than for a day's pass on the chairlifts. The question could be not can you afford this year's snow package, but perhaps can you afford not to have it.
Our accuracy has been assessed at around 85%. We don't ever claim to be 100% perfect, because weather is an inexact science, and rather than certainties we are trying to predict trends and potentials. It is what all weather services do .
Our parameters are estimates of daily precipitation, sunshine hours, max and min temperatures, dew points, wind origin directions, relative humidity and wind strengths, and include a written diary, graphs for each area, tables of most parameters in priority order for each area, and map-graphs for each month's precipitation in the country.
Each package contains
Daily entry spreadsheet showing precipitation, sunshine hours, temperatures max min and dewpoint, wind force, relative humidity, and daily snow expectation for the whole season.
Graphs of all of the above for the whole period.
Tables of days when there will be most precipitation for the season, most sunshine etc
Snow diary covering both islands.
Maps of precpitation distribution for the whole country for months April to December.
The cost of each package is $33NZD for the 13 documents, which is less than $3 per document.
So what does the season have to offer? The season promises very low temperatures, especially mid July and mid August, but not so much precipitation. This means snow machines will be hard at it this year. The really good long seasons with heavy natural precipitation will probably not return before 2016. This season should be similar to some in the early 2000 years, the mid 1990s and the later 1970s.
Autumn and early winter (March-June) - warm and wet (dry second half of May).
Mid winter (July-Aug) - cold and wet
Late winter (Aug-Sept) - cold and dry.
Spring (Oct-Nov) - cool and wet
Please click the requested field report package below:
Chateau for 2013:
Ohakune for 2013:
Mt Hutt for 2013
Craigieburn for 2013
Wanaka for 2013
Queenstown for 2013
Cost of each package: $33NZD .
Once ordered, the whole report of 13 documents will be available for immediate downloading to your computer.
We sincerely hope you have a safe and enjoyable time on the slopes.
If you have purchased one of the packages and still have further queries, suggestions or comments, please email
and we will assist if we can