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Short Range Forecast Discussion
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Short Range Forecast Discussion - Updated for Saturday, February 13, 2016
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TODAY through WEDNESDAY - Strong high pressure ridging aloft breaks down today, with relatively warm weather and dry air under increasing clouds. The next chance for snow moves in on Sunday, mainly in the afternoon and through overnight, lingering through Monday. Northern Colorado and specifically northwest slopes closest to the divide will do best, and Aspen-Snowmass should see light snow. A couple/ few days break is expected afterward, then another storm, this one potentially stronger and more promising, moves in next Thursday and Friday. More moderate snow totals are possible with this one. CM

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RESORT INFO ↑36°  2c° ↓18°  -8c° MID MTN
  • Last Update 13 Feb @ 06:02
  • Snow Past 24 Hours 0 in
  • Snow Past 48 Hours 0 in
  • Season Total 174 in
  • Average Base Depth 64 in
Comments
Snow surface is packed powder and powder.
Today's Snow Potential
None expected
What's Open?
  • Trails61 of 62
  • Lifts6 of 6
  • Acreage800 of 800 (98%)
Other Info
  • Groomed Night Ski Trails27 (52%)
13 Saturday ↑36°  2c° ↓18°  -8c° MID MTN
Sky Condition
Partly cloudy and continued unusually warm, with increasing wind expected, especially on the upper mountain (approaching storm) .
Precipitation
None expected
Snow Potential
None expected
Wind
From the W at 16 to 35 MPH, with gusts up to 48MPH.
14 Sunday ↑27°  -3c° ↓16°  -9c° MID MTN
Sky Condition
Partly cloudy through noon or so, then mostly cloudy and colder with mostly isolated snow showers afternoon through overnight. Winds are expected to become strong and gusty.
Precipitation
Mostly isolated snow showers mainly after noon
Snow Potential
A trace to 1 inch of snowfall
Wind
From the W at 19 to 24 MPH.
15 Monday ↑30°  -1c° ↓19°  -7c° MID MTN
Sky Condition
Partly to mostly cloudy and cool with northwest winds and mostly isolated snow showers.
Precipitation
Mostly isolated snow showers
Snow Potential
A trace
Wind
From the WNW at 11 to 18 MPH.
16 Tuesday ↑34°  1c° ↓21°  -6c° MID MTN
Sky Condition
Partly cloudy and milder with drier northwest winds.
Precipitation
None expected
Snow Potential
None expected
Wind
From the W at 8 to 11 MPH.
17 Wednesday ↑39°  4c° ↓23°  -5c° MID MTN
Sky Condition
Partly cloudy and warmer with similar winds.
Precipitation
None expected
Snow Potential
None expected
Wind
From the WSW at 9 to 12 MPH.
18 Thursday ↑36°  2c° ↓19°  -7c° MID MTN
Sky Condition
Windy with isolated snow showers
Precipitation
20% chance for snow. (Potential precip: 0.02in, 0.41mm)
Snow Potential
We are expecting a trace to 1 inch of snowfall (1 to 3cm)
Wind
From the WSW at 13 to 22 MPH.
Long Range Forecast Discussion:

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7 day to 2 week+ forecast (since 1998) -
(Updated 08Feb2016) - Details are coming, but for now see the short range discussion for longer range info.

Winter into Spring - The El Nino SST pattern is strong, right now, and it looks like we will see a VERY strong El Nino continue for the rest of this winter. This set-up would usually cause heavier rain and snow across California (mainly southern and central, including Tahoe (Tahoe is already seeing a better season than they have had in years) mainly after mid-January, including southern California ski resorts, as the epic 1997-1998 season can attest to) and the southwest US this winter. This would be a vast improvement for Tahoe-Mammoth. Southwest Colorado and northern New Mexico usually do well, including Taos Ski Valley, who had a great season in 2014-2015 with the weak El Nino(ish) anomaly. Aspen is in between, and we would say average snowfall should be expected at Aspen-Snowmass in 2015-2016, which would make for a good year. We will be monitoring the progress of this right here, stay tuned... CM

Monarch Mountain...all natural snow...all natural setting...all about having fun! Come see why so many people rave about what Monarch has to offer. Short lift lines, inexpensive restaurants, friendly staff on and off the mountain and no hassles of traffic to and from the ski area. Winter is on the way and we have made some great changes to add to Monarch's overall experience. We’ve widened some trails and added an additional 130 acres of awesome backcountry (extreme) skiing in Mirkwood Basin. This is an exciting change that we have been working on for quite some time and we’ve now opened the gates to our die-hard skiers/riders who are looking for new, challenging terrain. Did you say powder? We've got plenty of it here at Monarch because we still only use Mother Nature’s snow for our guests to ski and ride on. On a good snow day you just can't beat the all natural powder here. Monarch is also known to have some of the best tree skiing in the state, so be sure to check it out before the locals ski off the fresh stuff!!

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