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Whakapapa early season

Discussion in 'New Zealand' started by susiedog, Feb 24, 2013.

  1. susiedog

    susiedog First Runs

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    Can I have some honest, unbiased opinions on what conditions are generally like at Whakapapa in early July. I'm very familiar with NSW early season conditions but haven't followed NZ North Island conditions in the past. Would like to consider a trip there in the first week of July this year. Based on general weather patterns, how likey would it be that there would be reasonable skiable snow? Do they have any snowmaking there? (I'm not asking for actual predictions, just a general picture of how it is most years).
     
  2. Untele-whippet

    Untele-whippet beard stroker Ski Pass: Gold

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    We are thinking of doing the exact same thing, same time, so any info would be greatly appreciated too!
     
  3. Toto Warmlet

    Toto Warmlet One of Us

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    I wouldn't bank on it at all.
    Could range from a miserable strip of man made snow in the beginner areas, to having the mountain half open. For it to all all open then would be unusual.
    We usually don't think of going to W'papa till late August. If it is good earlier weekend crowds will be an issue.
    Currently having a ridiculously good summer in the Nth
    Island, like 1 day of significant rain in a month and sunny days from here to Nam in Taranaki (high 20's , like today, is a heat wave here).
    Having said that, anything can happen between now and then.
    But, as said at beginning, I think it's a long odds chance most seasons for early July.
     
  4. ScottGN

    ScottGN One of Us Ski Pass: Gold Ski Pass: Silver

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    Yes there is snowmaking and like most resorts in Australasia RAL use that to great effect. The thing is, Ruapehu is a pretty rugged volcano - it needs a lot of snow to come anywhere near covering the available terrain (which is pretty awesome by the way). Most of the pundits would caution against relying on early season cover, this mountain comes into it's own later in the season. I haven't ridden there in a while but I think the last time Ruapehu had great early cover was 2008.
     
  5. susiedog

    susiedog First Runs

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    Thanks for the advice Toto Warmlet and ScottGN.
     
  6. Doorkle

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    Want to head there myself. Probably early July.
     
  7. Toto Warmlet

    Toto Warmlet One of Us

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    If Ruapehu is poor , Taranaki may be ok,maybe.
    Just know that you need to be able to use a tow belt for the top tow.
    Why does everybody suddenly want to come to the The North Island at the mostly wrong time?
     
  8. GlenH

    GlenH One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Agree with others. I've been to Ruapehu from Oz last two seasons and then previously in the early 90's.

    I wouldn't plan a trip in early July from that far away (Australia).
     
  9. GlenH

    GlenH One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Bear in mind they are 3 hours drive apart ?

    To answer your question, NSW school holidays I am guessing.
     
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  10. glenplake_fan

    glenplake_fan Hard Yards

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    Yes they do have a very extensive snowmaking program in place at Ruapheu and it works well. Technology is good these days, and making snow above 0 is a formality assuming humidity levels are good. It does get very cold anyway at that time of year, it's nature that lets us all down [​IMG] First week of July can be touch and go, usually not great. In my experience, which is a good number of years :), the best time to ski Ruapehu is end of August and through September. The weather settles down and when the snow fall is good you can ride the whole mountain.

    Taranaki isn't worth the trip for skiing. Its lovely country but that is all [​IMG]
     
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  11. essjaywhy

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    ... a trip there in the first week of July this year.

    ... the best time to ski Ruapehu is end of August and through September.

    no
    no

    Rua comes on big time from mid - Sept to e.Nov for spring corn amd the whole Mtn opening up for crater lake visits and b/c access

    but crap weather / or blue sky periods can occur any time