-At about 8,000 feet (Aspen): Low 37, High 65 (Highest ~ 80 on May 21, 2005, Lowest ~ 20 on May 21, 2001) -At about 9,000 feet (Dillon; near base elev. for Keystone, Breckenridge, Winter Park); Low 27, High 61 (Highest ~ 76 on May 20, 1954, Lowest ~ 0 on May 22, 1933) -Approx 13,000 feet (Near the top elevation of many resorts in CO); Low 23, High 46
::: Cooler with showers and some snow today (winter like)/ Milder with more sun Tuesday/ Increased afternoon thunderstorms on a warmer Wednesday/ Milder and drier Thursday through Sunday :::
DETAILED SUMMARY for the week -> Updated for Monday, May 20... Today - Temperatures are chilly, with snow to low-ish elevations for late May, and some snow accumulations, as an unseasonably cold low pressure system now sits across the Dakotas, with some upper level energy, and enough moisture to deliver some higher elevation snow accumulations.
Tuesday and Wednesday - High pressure ridging builds in some, with mostly sunny skies developing on Tuesday (then isolated afternoon thunderstorms), and the same mostly sunny skies but noticeably warmer temperatures on Wednesday. Afternoon thunderstorms increase on Wednesday, as moisture lingers, and the warmer temperatures help to trigger the increase. An even stronger low pressure system develops across the northwest US, and this one looks quite unseasonably cold.
Thursday through Sunday - High pressure ridging builds in stronger from the south but still remains mostly south and east (placing the area between low pressure to the northwest and high pressure centered to the southeast), in response to another unseasonably cold low pressure system sitting across the northwest US. Due to a southwest wind flow overhead, we expect a conditionally unstable atmosphere (the condition being certain -trigger- temperatures, daytime high temps) with limited moisture for just isolated (but decreasing each day) thunderstorms and showers in the afternoon and early evening, after warmer and mostly sunny days.CM
Winter Park Resort is located 67 miles (108 kilometers) northwest of Denver and 85 miles (137 kilometers) from Denver International Airport (DIA). Set in the Vasquez Mountains of the Arapaho National Forest, Winter Park Resort is the closest major ski resort to Denver (one and half hours driving time) via Interstate 70 West to exit 232 and onto U.S. Highway 40. Winter Park Resort consists of four adjacent areas: Winter Park, Mary Jane, (including Parsenn Bowl), Vasquez Cirque, and Vasquez Ridge. A network of trails and chairlifts connects the four distinct mountains. Winter Park Resort is the oldest continually operated resort in Colorado and the 2012/13 season marks its 73nd season. Total skiable acreage is 3,081 acres which includes 143 designated trails and 1,332 acres of off-piste terrain.
The Village at Winter Park, features 200 condominium units in Fraser Crossing and Founders Pointe, 14 Village Lofts, a central pond, ice skating, an event gazebo, and a multi-level parking structure, all located within steps of base area chairlifts. Combine that with the dining and retail options as well as the schedule of free daily family après events, and guests will be entertained day and night.
NEW! Coca-Cola Tubing at Winter Park Resort: Winter Park Resort will see the addition of a new Coca-Cola Tubing Area for the upcoming season. This family-friendly amenity will give guests another exciting experience at the resort during the day and into the evening. Opening in December 2012, the new Park will feature 4 lanes, conveyor lift access and a state-of-the-art warming structure with restrooms, hot chocolate service and flexible space available for groups.