Hiking Xueshan in winter 2019
This year, snow came very late in February but it is still snowing end of March:
26 March 2019
At 9.7K Xueshan circus 20cm
Between 9.7-10.3K hard snow about 10-20cm
Last section 10.3K-10.8K hard snow about 40-50cm
Xueshan Main Peak 20cm of soft snow
New snow fall over 10.5K covered the trail
This morning 2 teams evaluated the risks
They stopped and turned back at 10.5K (400m before the summit!) because of Hard snow on the steep slope
Photos are courtesy of Volunteer 吳峻德
FAQ When is Snow Season at Xueshan Snow Mountain ?
Hiking Snow Mountain during Snow season is totally different !
To clarify, officially, Snow Season is from January 1st to March 31st, the first 3 months of each year but the Xueba National Park will effectively CLOSE the park when REAL SNOW is forecast few days before !
It means that if there is no snow on 15 January then you can still go and climb Xueshan with a normal permit.
It means that if it is snowing on 18 December then the Xueba National Park will close access and cancel all the normal permits ! You must reapply a Special permit…
SPECIAL PERMITS are required for Real Snow season
Snow certificate + snow climbing equipment. => completed later.
FAQ Are you sure there is no snow in December ?
With the Earth Global Warming, we can not predict when it is going to snow. Typhoon season is changing. Snow season is also changing.
But these last years 2016 2017, it started from late January until to mid-April.
See the News article below, it starts from 20 January. The date 31 March is official and can change according to the weather forecast in March, maybe earlier, likely later.
Source: 雪霸國家公園雪季將報到 登山需做好準備 – Yahoo奇摩新聞
Google Translation :
In order to maintain the safety of tourists during the snowy season. the snow tyrants will be implemented from January 20 to March 31. to implement the season admission control measures. Snow Pa National Park Management Office said that during the season to the snow Pa climbers need Prepare. And follow snow season control measures to maintain safety.
Another News article :
Source: 雪季管制剛解除 雪山一夜又白了頭 | 生活 | 即時
Google Translation :
Snow Day National Park snow season control measures lifted today. But the end of March a wave of front with cold air group south. Last night from the temperature instantly decline. snow Pa Miaoli, Taichung at the junction of the ridge of the mountains and the night and “white head” . Snow Pa National Park Management Office and the first seven battalion team called the Friends of the mountain. Ching Ming even if you want to enter the snow Pa Park. climbers should equip with snow equipment. pay attention to mountain safety.
A good website for Weather forecast at Xueshan is :
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