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Short Range Forecast Discussion

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Short Range Forecast Discussion - Updated for Sunday, December 21, 2014 - Aspen-Snowmass, and many other areas (especially east of Vail Pass and north of I-70) are still on track to get hit with 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 today and Monday, and multiple feet of snow expected, especially along the divide and northwest facing slopes (possibly to 3 feet or more). We expect Aspen-Snowmass to see heavy snow also as winds increase quite a bit, and deep moisture is pushed across the mountain barriers. Mid and upper level instability increases mainly later today (afternoon) through early Monday, and this is when the heaviest snow is expected. A strong cold front moves through on Monday as snow continues, heavy at times. Southwest Colorado will be less favored, but will still see respectable totals for the most part. 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, but not nearly as heavy as the storm about to hit. Conditions will really improve for the week ahead.
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(please see the longer range forecasts toward the bottom of this page) CM

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RESORT INFO ↑15° ↓5° ↑34° ↓19°
  • Last Update 21 Dec @ 05:12
  • Snow Past 24 Hours 2 in
  • Snow Past 48 Hours 2 in
  • Season Total 103 in
  • Average Base Depth 31 in
Comments
22in, past 6 days. Snow surface is packed powder and machine groomed.
Today's Snow Potential
8 to 12 inches of snowfall (base), with 13 to 18 inches of snowfall (top)
What's Open?
  • Trails190 of 195
  • Lifts27 of 31
  • Acreage5057 of 5289 (98%)
Other Info
  • Groomed Night Ski Trails133 (70%)
21 Sunday ↑15° ↓5° ↑34° ↓19°
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 12 inches of snowfall (base), with 13 to 18 inches of snowfall (top)
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 ↑11° ↓1° ↑30° ↓16°
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 ↑-1° ↓-5° ↑20° ↓9°
Sky Condition
Mostly cloudy and colder, with lingering snow showers early. Skies clear to partly cloudy during the day, and winds continue gusty.
Precipitation
40% chance for snow early
Snow Potential
A trace to 1 inch of snowfall early
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 ↑14° ↓-1° ↑34° ↓8°
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 ↑12° ↓3° ↑31° ↓18°
Sky Condition
Mostly cloudy with scattered snow showers
Precipitation
70% chance for snow. (Potential precip: 0.17in, 4.42mm)
Snow Potential
We are expecting 3 to 5 inches of snowfall (8 to 13cm)
Wind
From the WSW at 6 to 9 MPH.
26 Friday ↑12°  -11c° ↓0°  -18c° MID MTN
Sky Condition
Partly cloudy with a chance for snow
Precipitation
20% chance for snow. (Potential precip: 0.03in, 0.79mm)
Snow Potential
We are expecting a trace to 1 inch of snowfall (1 to 3cm)
Wind
From the W at 7 to 9 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

Vail Ski Resort was founded in 1962 and since then the community and the ski area have matured into a destination resort for people around the globe. Evolving from a logging community prior to its discovery by the late 10th Mountain Division soldier and pioneer Pete Seibert and his friend, Earl Eaton, Vail now typifies a Tyrolean village with signature landmarks such as the Covered Bridge and the Clock Tower. Creative storefronts including restaurants, bars and boutiques line Bridge Street (framed by the Covered Bridge to the north) in Vail Village. The Town of Vail is home to numerous outdoor parks, water features, statues, artwork and more. As the largest single mountain ski resort in North America with 5,289 acres Vail offers distinctly different terrain and vistas spread 7 miles across the front side, the legendary Back Bowls and Blue Sky Basin. Magnificent backdrops, including the 14,000-foot Mount of the Holy Cross and the Gore, Sawatch mountain ranges surround the resort. Locals are known for their legendary tales and are open to sharing insider's tips on the best ways to ski and ride the mountain. The welcoming community takes everything in stride and is proud to share its amenities.

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