Forums Splitboard Talk Forum Southern Hemisphere’s Snowiest Locale? Viewing 8 posts - 1 through 8 (of 8 total) Author Posts April 11, 2012 at 7:21 am #576801 Taylor 794 Posts Has anyone researched which southern hemisphere locale or region receives the most annual snowfall? I’m guessing Patagonia, and the following map suggests that’s the case, but is anyone aware of a map or data set (other than ski area averages) of southern hemisphere annual snowfall across continents (esp. Andes vs. N.Z.’s southern Alps)? @sun_rocket April 11, 2012 at 5:12 pm #655009 IrishGav 254 Posts Yeah let’s get on the southern Hemi stoke thinking a trip there myself this year again,was in Bariloche a few years ago,defo thinking Patagonia gets the most snow April 12, 2012 at 1:33 am #655010 South Island Split 66 Posts Personally don’t know much about snow fall averages in South America but the Franz Josef Glacier Neve in the Southern Alps of New Zealand receives on average something like 150m of snow per year. April 12, 2012 at 10:29 pm #655011 jcbackcountry 47 Posts Ummm, I think you mean something more like 15m. On average, the upper Franz Josef Glacier gets almost 14m (45ft) of snow every year! The upper catchment area, or nevé, of the Franz Josef Glacier is about 20km2, so it’s a pretty big area for snow to accumulate. April 13, 2012 at 12:05 am #655012 Scooby2 620 Posts I think you want to wait for the S. American coverage to fill in before buying tickets, it has a history of being hit or miss. April 13, 2012 at 3:35 am #655013 firstlight 721 Posts Ozzie snow stats up untill 1998 only Not anything like 15M 😥 😥 Adam West www.firstlightsurfboards.com.au www.firstlightsnowboards.com.au www.splitfest.com.au www.snowsafety.com.au www.mrbc.com.au www.backcountryglobal.com www.alpinefirstaid.com.au April 13, 2012 at 6:49 am #655014 Taylor 794 Posts Thanks, guys; great information. I appreciate it. Over 500″ annually is big league. I agree about waiting to see given annual variability. Forecasts call for neutral or developing warm-phase ENSO conditions for the remainder of 2012. Neutral’s effects are a toss up on both continents whereas warm phase typically favors snowier winters in Patagonia but its effects on NZ are less clear (colder, drier southerly winds which may or may not favor more snow). Timing… Based on multi-year monthly snow-depth data (thank you, this is really interesting and helpful), it looks like September (equivalent to March in the northern hemisphere) would be the best time to for a shred odyssey with good coverage. Does that comport with your real-world shredding experience? Or does snow quality begin to deteriorate that late even as depth may continue to accrue? @sun_rocket April 13, 2012 at 7:14 am #655015 firstlight 721 Posts Taylor Our weather systems come from Antartica and come across the southern bite of Australia heading west to east. NZ gets separate cold fronts than us but they still originate from antartica. Cheers Adam West www.firstlightsurfboards.com.au www.firstlightsnowboards.com.au www.splitfest.com.au www.snowsafety.com.au www.mrbc.com.au www.backcountryglobal.com www.alpinefirstaid.com.au Viewing 8 posts - 1 through 8 (of 8 total) You must be logged in to reply to this topic.