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Wolf Creek
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Short Range Forecast Discussion

Partly cloudy and milder today and Friday/ Big storm Saturday and Sunday/ Clearing out on a chilly Monday, and mostly sunny Tuesday

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Forecast updated for Thursday, April 24, 2014

Today and Friday look partly cloudy and with breezy conditions. At the same time, a STRONG and cold low pressure system is affecting the Pacific Northwest and west coast. This storm moves in, possibly as a southerly tracking storm, Saturday and Sunday, but with significant snow for all areas as Saturday favors southwest Colorado (southwest flow, southerly track), and Sunday favors the north (intensifying low out on the plains, unsettled northwest flow aloft). We will be watching. Monday clears out as the storm moves further east and is followed by a high pressure ridge, which holds through Tuesday (sunny and milder). Please be sure to log-in and favorite your resort forecasts so you save time. CM

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11,904 ft
10,300 ft
1,604 ft
2 miles
RESORT INFO ↑39°  4c° ↓27°  -3c° MID MTN
  • Last Update 08 Apr @ 06:04
  • Snow Past 24 Hours 0 in
  • Snow Past 48 Hours 0 in
  • Season Total 361 in
  • Average Base Depth 0 in
Comments
None Reported
Today's Snow Potential
None expected
What's Open?
  • Trails0 of 77
  • Lifts0 of 7
  • Acreage0 of 1600 (0%)
Other Info
  • Additional ReportsNone
24 Thursday ↑39°  4c° ↓27°  -3c° MID MTN
Sky Condition
Partly cloudy and milder with breezy conditions.
Precipitation
None expected
Snow Potential
None expected
Wind
Base; Variable at 4-12mph, becoming W at 10 to 20 gusts to 30mph. Above timberline; Becoming W/ NW at 15 to 25 gusts to 40mph.
25 Friday ↑43°  6c° ↓28°  -2c° MID MTN
Sky Condition
Partly cloudy and milder still, with an approaching storm.
Precipitation
None expected
Snow Potential
None expected
Wind
Base; Variable at 4-12mph, becoming SW at 10 to 20 gusts to 30mph. Above timberline; Becoming W/ NW at 20 to 30 gusts to 40mph.
26 Saturday ↑34°  1c° ↓16°  -9c° MID MTN
Sky Condition
Partly cloudy in the morning, becoming cloudy with snow developing, heavy at times. Snow levels go from 10,000 feet (afternoon) to 8,000 feet (overnight).
Precipitation
Snow likely
Snow Potential
8 to 14 inches of snowfall
Wind
Base; Variable at 4-12mph, becoming S/ SW at 10 to 20mph. Above timberline; Becoming S at 20 to 30 gusts to 45mph (winds become west/ northwest overnight).
27 Sunday ↑27°  -3c° ↓16°  -9c° MID MTN
Sky Condition
Mostly cloudy and colder with continued but lighter snow showers, plus snow levels to 8,000 feet.
Precipitation
Snow likely
Snow Potential
1 to 2 inches of snowfall
Wind
Base; Becoming NW at 15 to 25 gusts to 35mph. Above timberline; Becoming NW at 25 to 35 gusts to 50mph.
28 Monday ↑30°  -1c° ↓19°  -7c° MID MTN
Sky Condition
Snow showers linger early, followed by partly cloudy skies and a chilly day.
Precipitation
30% chance for snow early
Snow Potential
A trace to 1 inch of snow early
Wind
Base; Becoming SW at 15 to 25 gusts to 35mph. Above timberline; Becoming NW at 25 to 40 gusts to 60mph.
29 Tuesday ↑34°  1c° ↓21°  -6c° MID MTN
Sky Condition
Mostly sunny
Precipitation
None Expected
Snow Potential
None Expected
Wind
From the NNW at 8 to 13 MPH.
Long Range Forecast Discussion:

7 day to 2 week+ forecast (since 1998) - 30 April to 10 May, 2014 - High pressure ridging aloft may hold for most of next week, with much warmer spring-like temperatures and less wind under mostly sunny skies. We will have to watch for a potential storm late next week. Winter is not over yet for the Colorado high country, but it seems to be tapering off, in general. CM

Longer Range Outlook

As of now, April 2014, we are continuing to be affected by an ENSO-Neutral, or La Nada Sea Surface Temperature pattern across the Equatorial Eastern Pacific (SSTs near to slightly below average).

Current SST pattern- La Nada

The larger time-scale SST pattern in place right now is a cool phase PDO, or negative PDO, which stands for Pacific Decadal Oscillation. This is a more long term pattern (decades), and it has made any recent years El Nino SST patterns weaker.

We expect the ENSO Neutral, or La Nada pattern (almost a La Nina) to continue, though in the last 30 days we have seen more of a trend toward positive SST's along the eastern Equatorial Pacific. We are now seeing a slight trend toward El Nino, and the forecasts from other agencies are calling for El Nino conditions to develop this summer and fall. This would favor the southwest US for heavier rain and snow this fall and mainly winter, after a potentially wet monsoon summer across the southwest US including southern California through Colorado.

We will keep this outlook updated as more information becomes available. If you want to know when the snow is coming (and be able to set unlimited alerts for any resort), within 5 minutes or less of us (our our sources) entering the data into any of our forecasts, be sure to download the app.

Wolf Creek operates on 1,600 acres spread along a high alpine ridge in the Rio Grande National Forest, under a U.S. Forest Service permit and administration. The uniqueness of Wolf Creek lies in the 1,000 acres between Horseshoe Bowl and the Water Fall area, which is called the Alberta Lift area. This wilderness provides everything from challenging double black diamond runs of the Knife Ridge chutes to a variety of intermediate terrain where navigation skills are called into action. Groomed runs are also a part of the scheme complimenting the excitement and challenge of the Alberta Lift area. The traditional trails are the main core of Wolf Creek with 6 lifts servicing 500 acres of terrain all leading into the base area facilities. Wolf Creek Ski Area is one of Colorado's oldest and finest ski resorts that receives an average annual snowfall of 465 natural inches, the most snow in Colorado! Their trademark is friendly employees and abundant light powder. Wolf Creek is a high alpine ski resort, 10,300 ft at the base and 11,900 ft at the summit with 1,600 skiable acres. Wolf Creek offers a better ski experience at a very affordable price.

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