Durango Mountain Resort ↑39° ↓20° Forecast:   0" Base:   18"
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Elevation: 8,880ft
Temperature: 25°
Snow Depth: 3"
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Temperature: 27°
Snow Depth: 3"
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Temperature: 25°
Snow Depth: 19"
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Temperature: 18°
Snow Depth: 9"
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Elevation: 10,500ft
Temperature: 17°
Snow Depth: 20"
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Elevation: 10,200ft
Temperature: 15°
Snow Depth: 15"
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Temperature: 22°
Snow Depth: 22"
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Elevation: 10,000ft
Temperature: 18°
Snow Depth: 15"
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Elevation: 10,785ft
Temperature: 24°
Snow Depth: 31"
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Elevation: 10,040ft
Temperature: 14°
Snow Depth: 22"
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Elevation: 10,720ft
Temperature: 28°
Snow Depth: 14"
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Elevation: 11,600ft
Temperature: 21°
Snow Depth: 19"
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Elevation: 10,880ft
Temperature: 33°
Snow Depth: 8"
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Elevation: 11,200ft
Temperature: 17°
Snow Depth: 32"
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Elevation: 11,580ft
Temperature: 24°
Snow Depth: 27"
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Temperature: 21°
Snow Depth: 17"
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Temperature: 35°
Snow Depth: 9"
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Temperature: 20°
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Today's Forecast
↑39° ↓20°
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  • Dewpoint↓15° / ↑6°
  • Humidity↓31% / ↑66%
  • Regional Forecasted Snow0"
  • Regional Snow Depth6"
Mostly clear with a few clouds before noon and then clear becoming mostly clear with a few clouds later into the evening.
None expected.
No precipitation expected.
Winds variable at 1 to 8 mph through the morning shifting to S 5 to 14 mph in the afternoon, evening with gusts up to 18 mph. Expected wind chill to be 11 to 30 degrees throughout the day.
Daily Freezing Level In Feet
Monday the 17th
↑35° ↓18°
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  • Dewpoint↓14° / ↑7°
  • Humidity↓42% / ↑81%
  • Regional Forecasted Snow0"
  • Regional Snow Depth4"
Mostly cloudy becoming overcast through the morning, and then mostly cloudy through the afternoon and evening.
None expected.
No precipitation expected throughout the day.
Winds W 4 to 13 mph through the morning shifting to 5 to 14 mph in the afternoon, evening with gusts up to 16 mph. Wind chill expected to be 8 to 22 degrees throughout the day.
Daily Freezing Level In Feet
Tuesday the 18th
↑33° ↓16°
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  • Dewpoint↓12° / ↑5°
  • Humidity↓42% / ↑78%
  • Regional Forecasted Snow0"
  • Regional Snow Depth4"
Mostly cloudy becoming clear through the morning, and then clear through the afternoon and evening.
No snow throughout the day.
None expected throughout the day.
Winds NW 7 to 16 mph through the morning shifting to W 11 to 22 mph in the afternoon, evening with gusts up to 29 mph. Wind chill expected to be -1 to 16 degrees throughout the day.
Daily Freezing Level In Feet
Wednesday the 19th
↑33° ↓18°
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  • Dewpoint↓15° / ↑9°
  • Humidity↓52% / ↑80%
  • Regional Forecasted Snow0"
  • Regional Snow Depth4"
Clear becoming partly cloudy through the morning, and then partly cloudy becoming mostly clear with a few clouds into the evening. Chance of snow in the afternoon.
Flurries possible throughout the day.
Potential Precip: trace amount
Winds NW 13 to 25 mph through the morning becoming SW 12 to 23 mph in the afternoon, evening with gusts up to 71 mph. Expected wind chill to be -2 to 10 degrees throughout the day.
Daily Freezing Level In Feet
Thursday the 20th
↑37° ↓19°
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  • Dewpoint↓11° / ↑5°
  • Humidity↓29% / ↑60%
  • Regional Forecasted Snow0"
  • Regional Snow Depth3"
Clear throughout the day.
No snow throughout the day.
No precipitation expected throughout the day.
Winds NW 9 to 20 mph through the morning becoming NW 6 to 15 mph in the afternoon, evening with gusts up to 31 mph. Wind chill expected to be -2 to 21 degrees throughout the day.
Daily Freezing Level In Feet
Friday the 21st
↑41° ↓24°
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  • Dewpoint↓9° / ↑4°
  • Humidity↓20% / ↑44%
  • Regional Forecasted Snow0"
  • Regional Snow Depth3"
Partly cloudy through the morning, and then mostly cloudy through the afternoon and evening.
No snow throughout the day.
No precipitation expected throughout the day.
Winds W 5 to 14 mph through the morning becoming W 8 to 17 mph in the afternoon, evening with gusts up to 18 mph. Wind chill expected to be 15 to 29 degrees throughout the day.
Daily Freezing Level In Feet
  • Last Update15 Dec @ 07:12
  • Snow Past 24 hrs0"
  • Snow Past 48 hrs0"
  • Season Total59"
  • Average Base Depth18 to 26"
  • Today's Snow Potential0"
Comments
Snow surface is packed powder and machine groomed
  • High Lift Elevation8,610ft
  • Base Elevation6,330ft
  • Vertical Drop2,280ft
  • Longest Trail1.4 miles
  • Trails75 of 100
  • Lifts14 of 20
  • Acreage1436 of 3170 ( 75% )
Other Info
  • Groomed Night Ski Trails33 ( 33% )
29°
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Conditions
  • Humidity28%
  • Dewpoint
  • SustainedNE 0mph
  • GustingNE 7mph
  • Visibility10.00 miles
  • Snow Depth8"
Comments
Fair
Location
BIG BEAR PARK, CO
  • Elevation8,816ft
  • UpdatedDec 16 @ 05:08
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Location
  • City: Durango
  • State: Colorado
  • Country: United States
December 07, 2018 - Aspen and Western Colorado Short/ Long Range Outlook
Mostly light additional snow, then a mostly sunny weekend, and  more snow next Tuesday and Wednesday (heavier)!

HOW ARE WE DOING (please contact chris@snowforecast.com or comment below)? Let us know please...

Light snow for most areas including Aspen, and  across southwest Colorado...

-The latest storm absolutely dumped RAIN and snow across southern California, is headed mainly along the Mexico border now, and taking a southern track... El Nino style, with a few" of snow across southwest Colorado to Aspen's mountains, under a moist southwest flow of moisture across the mountains, while most energy passes to the south

This coming weekend we expect a high pressure ridge to build in, with cooler air dragged into Colorado initially on Saturday, as the southern tracking low pressure system exits (northwest/ north flow of winds from the colder north), and sunshine pops through in the then drier air... Powder + sunshine, what Colorado is known for!

LONGER RANGE:
It looks like El Nino is not an official anomaly yet, as I expected in my September LR forecast (for Aspen and SW Colorado / For northern Colorado resorts) so we are in an ENSO Neutral phase, though in the latest update from NOAA, we are seeing warming waters, still a weak El Nino at best. This may explain the more southerly tracking storm systems we have seen, and will likely see in the coming weeks of December and January. CM

Next week, the 11th onward, we expect a couple of snow storms and some moderate to significant snow for western Colorado. Because these look like strong and cold systems (ask Niseko, Japan) with a good fetch of moisture across the Pacific, they are capable of good snowfall across all of western Colorado if the track is right (a bit more north). It looks like 2 storms total for next week, one Tuesday/ Wednesday and another late next week. CM

(NO CHANGE from the last LR update) : It is looking like we may see a busy time as we approach the Christmas and New Year holiday period, with some significant storms possibly lining up to affect all of the western US including Colorado... We expect to see a 7-14 day period of down time and mostly sunny skies following this series of storms, that may start around/ after Christmas. In January we see that down time to start the month (a week-ish), then storms should kick in again on a more regular basis, but possibly favoring northern resorts this time as the east coast gets hit hard and these systems brush mainly northern Colorado. More updates are coming. Do you have any ideas on what you want to see in our discussions? Please contact through the site! We do not charge for any of our info, and have been providing it all for free since 1998, "Predicting Sick Days since 1998"! CM

Expanded Outlook

Sunday
↑39° / ↓20°
iconWinds: variable 1 to 8 mph, then S 5 to 14 mph
iconForecast Snow: 0"
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AM

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↑39° / ↓20°
Sky
Mostly clear with a few clouds through the morning.
Snow
None expected.
Precipitation
No precipitation expected in the morning hours.
Winds
Morning winds variable at 1 to 8 mph. Wind chill expected to be 14 to 30 degrees through the morning.

PM

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↑30° / ↓20°
Sky
Clear becoming mostly clear with a few clouds into the evening.
Snow
None expected through the afternoon and evening.
Precipitation
None expected through the afternoon and evening.
Winds
Afternoon winds S 5 to 14 mph with gusts up to 18 mph. Wind chill expected to be 11 to 29 degrees into the evening.
Hourly Temperatures at 10,080ft
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Monday
↑35° / ↓18°
iconWinds: W 4 to 13 mph, then 5 to 14 mph
iconForecast Snow: 0"
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AM

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↑35° / ↓20°
Sky
Mostly cloudy becoming overcast through the morning.
Snow
No snow in the morning hours.
Precipitation
None expected through the morning.
Winds
Morning winds W 4 to 13 mph with gusts up to 16 mph. Wind chill expected to be 12 to 22 degrees through the morning.

PM

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↑28° / ↓19°
Sky
Mostly cloudy into the evening.
Snow
None expected.
Precipitation
None expected through the afternoon and evening.
Winds
Afternoon winds 5 to 14 mph with gusts up to 18 mph. Expected wind chill to be 8 to 22 degrees into the evening.
Hourly Temperatures at 10,080ft
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Tuesday
↑33° / ↓16°
iconWinds: NW 7 to 16 mph, then W 11 to 22 mph
iconForecast Snow: 0"
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AM

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↑33° / ↓16°
Sky
Mostly cloudy becoming clear before noon.
Snow
No snow.
Precipitation
None expected in the morning hours.
Winds
Morning winds NW 7 to 16 mph with gusts up to 18 mph. Expected wind chill to be -1 to 16 degrees through the morning.

PM

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↑25° / ↓17°
Sky
Clear into the evening.
Snow
No snow.
Precipitation
No precipitation expected through the afternoon and evening.
Winds
Afternoon winds W 11 to 22 mph with gusts up to 46 mph. Wind chill expected to be 0 to 16 degrees into the evening.
Hourly Temperatures at 10,080ft
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Wednesday
↑33° / ↓18°
iconWinds: NW 13 to 25 mph, then SW 12 to 23 mph
iconForecast Snow: 0"
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AM

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↑33° / ↓24°
Sky
Clear becoming partly cloudy before noon.
Snow
None expected.
Precipitation
Potential Precip: trace amount
Winds
Morning winds NW 13 to 25 mph with gusts up to 71 mph. Expected wind chill to be 0 to 10 degrees through the morning.

PM

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↑26° / ↓18°
Sky
Partly cloudy becoming mostly clear with a few clouds into the evening. Chance of snow in the afternoon.
Snow
Flurries possible.
Precipitation
Potential Precip: trace amount
Winds
Afternoon winds SW 12 to 23 mph with gusts up to 67 mph. Expected wind chill to be -2 to 9 degrees into the evening.
Hourly Temperatures at 10,080ft
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Thursday
↑37° / ↓19°
iconWinds: NW 9 to 20 mph, then NW 6 to 15 mph
iconForecast Snow: 0"
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AM

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↑36° / ↓24°
Sky
Clear through the morning.
Snow
No snow through the morning.
Precipitation
No precipitation expected.
Winds
Morning winds NW 9 to 20 mph with gusts up to 31 mph. Wind chill expected to be -2 to 19 degrees through the morning.

PM

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↑30° / ↓23°
Sky
Clear through the afternoon and evening.
Snow
No snow through the afternoon and evening.
Precipitation
No precipitation expected through the afternoon and evening.
Winds
Afternoon winds NW 6 to 15 mph with gusts up to 19 mph. Expected wind chill to be 11 to 21 degrees into the evening.
Hourly Temperatures at 10,080ft
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Friday
↑41° / ↓24°
iconWinds: W 5 to 14 mph, then W 8 to 17 mph
iconForecast Snow: 0"
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AM

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↑41° / ↓32°
Sky
Partly cloudy before noon.
Snow
No snow.
Precipitation
None expected through the morning.
Winds
Morning winds W 5 to 14 mph with gusts up to 18 mph. Wind chill expected to be 15 to 29 degrees through the morning.

PM

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↑32° / ↓25°
Sky
Mostly cloudy into the evening.
Snow
None expected.
Precipitation
None expected through the afternoon and evening.
Winds
Afternoon winds W 8 to 17 mph with gusts up to 21 mph. Expected wind chill to be 17 to 29 degrees into the evening.
Hourly Temperatures at 10,080ft
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Snow Maker's Corner

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  • Soil Low Temperature15°
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  • Soil Low Temperature17°
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  • Soil Low Temperature18°
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  • Soil High Temperature31°
  • Soil Low Temperature18°
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