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Snow Reports 2016 for NZ and Australia


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Our packages are day-by-day longrange snow reports for the main NZ skifields for 2016.

The locations we cover this year are:

  • Chateau
  • Ohakune
  • Mt Hutt
  • Craigieburn
  • Wanaka
  • Queenstown

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 far away cabin, with tiny bored toddlers in tow.

The cost is about the same as a family lunch at a ski resort cafe, and 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. You would save the cost several times over in petrol not purchased by not going when there is no snow.

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, and map-graphs for each month's precipitation in the country.


This year's package contains 20 documents

  • 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.
  • Snow diary covering both islands and giving best skiing days for all snowfields.
  • Maps of precipitation distribution for all months.

The cost of the whole NZ package is now $15NZD for the 20 documents.


To order

Cost: $15.

Once ordered, the whole report of 20 documents will be available for immediate downloading to your hard drive. We hope you have a safe and enjoyable time on the slopes.

Outlook summary: the season will be late for both islands, due to milder autumn and winter temperatures, in an overall warmer than average year. However, if skiers are prepared for a later start and finish, then all will be well. Even though early snowfalls through June and July, with even some heavy events, may get people's hopes up, warm rains will follow and wash away much of the accumulated snow base. The snow diary explains all and lists best days to go to the slopes.

Sad to say, but Ruapehu skifields are unlikely to open before the end of August. The cycle is a repeat of what happened in 2007, when warm rains in the last ten days of June melted all the snow. All this was also predicted in our Weather Almanac for 2016 and we have been trying to warn skiers for a year now. The Ruapehu season will probably get underway around the start of September, after late August snowdumps, and if operators are willing and able to stay open beyond Labour Weekend, the season could go for three months, into November and be a fantastic one. Not so for Turoa, which may have to suffer a shorter season.

Update: The season has been pretty much as predicted at the outset, namely, not much snow until August, particularly for the North Island ski fields. There is now good snow that should last until November.

Best skiing in 1st week September. 

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Also now reduced to half price for remainder of season

The VIC Snow Report comprises daily data for
Falls Creek
Lake Mountain
Mt Baw Baw
Mt Beauty
Mt Buffalo
Mt Buller
Mt Hotham
Mt Stirling

The NSW-ACT Snow Report comprises daily data for
Charlottes Pass
Bimberi Nature Reserve

The TAS Snow Report comprises daily data for
Ben Lomond
Cradle Mountain
Lake St Clair
Mt Mawson
Mt Wellington Hobart

Each State report comprises easy-read graphs for precipitation, sunshine hours, temperatures and daily data, for every snowfield listed in the package, including written summaries of estimated snow days in the event diary. To order:




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