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Short Range Forecast Discussion

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Short Range Forecast Discussion - Updated for Friday, December 19, 2014 - Today and Saturday we see upper-level high pressure ridging build in some (weak), Colorado mostly snow free. Northern areas, especially east of Vail Pass and north of I-70 are still looking at potentially the biggest snow storm of the season, just in time for Christmas week. This is due to some moisture laden storms clipping the area out of the northwest Sunday and Monday, and multiple feet of snow possible, especially along the divide and northwest facing slopes. We expect Aspen-Snowmass to see moderate to heavy snow Sunday and Monday as winds increase quite a bit, and deep moisture is pushed across the mountain barriers. Mid and upper level instability increases mainly later Sunday through early Monday, and this is when the heaviest snow is expected. A strong cold front moves through on Monday. Snow clears out slowly Tuesday morning as low pressure moves out and high pressure builds in briefly. We expect no snow through Wednesday, then snow moves in Wednesday night and mainly Christmas day, possibly significant again. Conditions will really improve.
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(please see the longer range forecasts toward the bottom of this page) CM

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RESORT INFO ↑27°  -3c° ↓12°  -11c° MID MTN
  • Last Update 20 Dec @ 07:12
  • Snow Past 24 Hours 1 in
  • Snow Past 48 Hours 2 in
  • Season Total 87 in
  • Average Base Depth 30 in
Comments
3in, past 72 hrs. Snow surface is packed powder and powder.
Today's Snow Potential
Snow Sunday morning (please see Sunday's forecast totals)
What's Open?
  • Trails29 of 93
  • Lifts6 of 10
  • Acreage390 of 1800 (32%)
Other Info
  • Groomed Night Ski Trails1 (2%)
  • Trails with Snow Making1 (1%)
20 Saturday ↑27°  -3c° ↓12°  -11c° MID MTN
Sky Condition
Partly cloudy and milder, becoming mostly cloudy by afternoon. Cloudy overnight with snow showers developing early Sunday.
Precipitation
50% chance for snow toward Sunday morning
Snow Potential
Snow Sunday morning (please see Sunday's forecast totals)
Wind
Base; Variable at 4-12mph, becoming NW at 5 to 15mph. Above timberline; NW at 10 to 20 gusts to 30mph.
21 Sunday ↑27°  -3c° ↓23°  -5c° MID MTN
Sky Condition
Cloudy and not as cold, with numerous snow showers, heavy at times mainly late day through overnight, and with gusty winds (large areas of blowing snow and low visibility).
Precipitation
Snow definite
Snow Potential
8 to 13 inches of snowfall
Wind
Base; W at 5-15mph, becoming N/ NW at 15 to 25 gusts to 35mph. Above timberline; Increasing to W/ NW at 35 to 45 gusts to 60mph.
22 Monday ↑25°  -4c° ↓9°  -13c° MID MTN
Sky Condition
Cloudy and becoming progressively colder, with scattered to numerous snow showers, heavy at times, and with gusty winds (large areas of blowing and drifting snow).
Precipitation
Snow definite
Snow Potential
8 to 13 inches of snowfall
Wind
Base; W at 10-20mph, becoming NW at 20 to 30 gusts to 40mph. Above timberline; Increasing to NW at 40 to 50 gusts to 70mph.
23 Tuesday ↑16°  -9c° ↓12°  -11c° MID MTN
Sky Condition
Cloudy and colder, with lingering snow showers through the morning. Skies clear to partly cloudy by afternoon, and winds continue gusty.
Precipitation
50% chance for snow in the morning
Snow Potential
1 to 3 inches of snowfall in the morning
Wind
Base; NW at 5-15mph, becoming NW at 15 to 25 gusts to 35mph. Above timberline; Increasing to NW at 30 to 45 gusts to 60mph.
24 Wednesday ↑27°  -3c° ↓14°  -10c° MID MTN
Sky Condition
Partly cloudy and milder, with less wind (but still gusty) and no snow. Snow develops after midnight.
Precipitation
40% chance for snow after midnight
Snow Potential
Snow on Thursday
Wind
Base; Variable at 4-12mph, becoming NW at 10 to 20mph. Above timberline; Increasing to NW at 20 to 30 gusts to 40mph.
25 Thursday ↑27°  -3c° ↓9°  -13c° MID MTN
Sky Condition
Mostly cloudy with scattered snow showers
Precipitation
40% chance for snow. (Potential precip: 0.07in, 1.78mm)
Snow Potential
We are expecting a trace to 1 inch of snowfall (1 to 3cm)
Wind
From the WSW at 11 to 13 MPH.
Long Range Forecast Discussion:

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7 day to 2 week+ forecast (since 1998) - 25 December to 04 January, 2014 - COLORADO/ NEW MEXICO: All next week (22nd onward) we expect a more favorable northern storm track (all Christmas week), for better chances of better than light, and more powdery/ cold snow, due to the colder storm origins from out of the Gulf of Alaska and crossing Canada on the way in. After Christmas week and toward the end of 2014, we expect storm-blocking higher pressure ridging to build in across the area, with more sunshine and less potential for any snow. NORTHWEST US and SOUTHWEST CANADA: High pressure pushes in across the area from the southwest US and eastern Pacific much of Christmas week, with some tail ends of storms (warmer southern portion) moving through, causing rain showers and higher elevation snow showers, with mostly rain at and below ski resort base elevations (snow level issues, rain mix at base elevations) across the Pacific Northwest including north Idaho ski resorts. Southwest Canada (Alberta/ British Columbia) should see less snow level issues and more snow potential than Inland Northwest ski resorts, all through Christmas week. It looks like the Inland Northwest may see a white Christmas, showing up a day or so before Christmas in the form of a colder storm (Christmas eve/ Christmas snow for Coeur d'Alene/ Spokane). SOUTHWEST US AND SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA; Mostly dry with high pressure ridging dominating for Christmas week and possibly through the end of the year. This outlook includes southern California resort areas like Mountain High. UTAH looks like it may get clipped (northern Utah) Christmas day (or the day before/ day after), but mostly sunny skies may dominate all week under high pressure. WYOMING/ MONTANA We expect high pressure to set up across the southwest US, with storms again targeting the Pacific Northwest/ southwest Canada, and Wyoming/ Montana, for a nice freshen up of colder snow and temperatures before the major holiday, and during it. CM

Longer Range Outlook

December 2014, we are in a weak El Nino Sea Surface Temperature pattern across the Equatorial Eastern Pacific. (prior forecast-->) Sea Surface Temperature Anomalies yield a weak El Nino pattern across the eastern Equatorial Pacific (El Nino development is on track, but it will be weak, still somewhat favorable for California (Tahoe-Mammoth/ SoCal) and the desert Southwest, plus southwest Colorado and northern New Mexico).

Current SST pattern- El Nino

A weak El Nino (or possible "neutral" pattern) is expected for this winter, into early 2015.

Current SST pattern- El Nino

Northwest US areas, and southwest Canada, along with northern Colorado through Wyoming and the northern Rocky Mountains, should expect a drier than average, or near average snowfall winter (2014-2015). Tahoe/ Mammoth should see near average snowfall, with near average snowfall also expected across southern California and northern Arizona resorts. CM

Loveland is Colorado's closest major ski area to Denver, located on the Continental Divide and just short of the Eisenhower Tunnel in the Arapaho National Forest. Loveland is the 10th largest ski resort in Colorado. You get 1,365 acres of crisp, Rocky Mountain snow with 70 runs to choose from and nine lifts whisking you up to the top. On-mountain improvements include upgraded snowmaking and grooming with the addition of six new fan guns, four new Piston Bully grooming machines and a winch cat. To get the lay of the land, take a complimentary, 90-minute mountain tour. Meet at the top of Chair #1 at 10:30 a.m. every day. Loveland is actually two ski areas connected by a long, horizontal lift and a shuttle bus. Loveland Basin, with terrain for all abilities, has five chairs and a Poma lift serving 901 acres. Loveland Valley, which caters to beginners, has two lifts serving just 67 acres. Even good skiers, however, should investigate the Valley on windy days. Its tree-sheltered runs can harbor excellent snow when the Basin's slopes grow firm. If you ski as if you're on fire and you aren't afraid of heights, Loveland is your dream come true.

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