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Short Range Forecast Discussion - Updated for Wednesday, January 28, 2015: Today A weather disturbance from the Pacific is moving through, and isolated snow showers are expected across the area today through tonight as it exits, otherwise cooler air has filtered in across the area on increased west/ northwest winds (cold front). Thursday and Friday we expect low pressure to deepen and strengthen across the southwest US, with an increased and unsettled flow of moisture into Colorado mainly Thursday night, for developing snow showers, favoring southwest Colorado again. Light to moderate snow totals are expected for Aspen-Snowmass and the rest of northern/ central western Colorado mainly Friday evening/ overnight through Saturday as this low over the southwest US strengthens, and a cold weather disturbance drops in out of the northwest. This happens later Saturday and increases snowfall for Aspen and Summit/ Grand Counties. Sunday clears out for all areas, and looks like a great day to be on the slopes! Monday and Tuesday we see some weather disturbances move in on a strong northwest flow aloft, for moderate to possibly heavy snow for northern areas, more moderate for Aspen-Snowmass. CM please see the detail in the long range forecast below. Buying discounted lift tickets through this link will support this website and help keep the short and long range forecasts going-> Get Discount lift tickets here and save up to 80%
(please see the longer range forecasts toward the bottom of this page) CM

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RESORT INFO ↑25° ↓14° ↑44° ↓24°
  • Last Update 30 Jan @ 06:01
  • Snow Past 24 Hours 0 in
  • Snow Past 48 Hours 0 in
  • Season Total 71 in
  • Average Base Depth 27 in
Comments
Snow surface is packed powder
Today's Snow Potential
2 to 4 inches of snowfall overnight
What's Open?
  • Trails87 of 94
  • Lifts17 of 21
  • Acreage3111 of 3332 (93%)
Other Info
  • Additional ReportsNone
30 Friday ↑25° ↓14° ↑44° ↓24°
Sky Condition
Partly to mostly cloudy with isolated snow showers (day). Snow showers increase overnight, with some accumulation.
Precipitation
Isolated snow showers (day), then a 60% chance for snow (likely) overnight
Snow Potential
2 to 4 inches of snowfall overnight
Wind
Base; Variable at 4-12mph. Above timberline; Becoming S/ SW at 10 to 20mph.
31 Saturday ↑17° ↓12° ↑37° ↓27°
Sky Condition
Cloudy and colder, with more snow showers through the day, and continued through the night. Winds are expected to increase.
Precipitation
60% chance for snow (likely)
Snow Potential
2 to 4 inches of snowfall
Wind
Base; Variable at 4-12mph, becoming NW at 10 to 20mph. Above timberline; Becoming NW at 15 to 25 gusts to 40mph.
01 Sunday ↑13° ↓0° ↑35° ↓11°
Sky Condition
Partly cloudy and colder with northwest winds continuing.
Precipitation
None expected
Snow Potential
None expected
Wind
Base; Variable at 4-12mph, becoming NW at 10 to 20 gusts to 30mph. Above timberline; Becoming NW at 25 to 35 gusts to 55mph.
02 Monday ↑18° ↓5° ↑37° ↓16°
Sky Condition
Mostly cloudy with developing snow showers.
Precipitation
40% chance for snow
Snow Potential
1 to 2 inches of snowfall
Wind
Base; Variable at 4-12mph, becoming NE at 10 to 20mph. Above timberline; Becoming NW/ NE at 15 to 25 gusts to 35mph.
03 Tuesday ↑28°  -2c° ↓18°  -8c° MID MTN
Sky Condition
Mostly cloudy with scattered snow showers
Precipitation
30% chance for snow. (Potential precip: 0.05in, 1.18mm)
Snow Potential
We are expecting a trace to 1 inch of snowfall (1 to 3cm)
Wind
From the W at 13 to 14 MPH.
04 Wednesday ↑27°  -3c° ↓18°  -8c° MID MTN
Sky Condition
Mostly cloudy with a chance for snow
Precipitation
20% chance for snow. (Potential precip: 0.19in, 4.9mm)
Snow Potential
We are expecting 2 to 4 inches of snowfall (5 to 10cm)
Wind
From the W at 12 to 14 MPH.
Long Range Forecast Discussion:

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7 day to 2 week+ forecast (since 1998) - 02 to 12 February, 2015 - UTAH/ COLORADO/ NEW MEXICO: High pressure ridging builds in over the southwest US early February (Monday), with chilly temperatures and mostly sunny skies after a nice snowfall for most areas. By later Monday, Tuesday and through Wednesday, Thursday morning (3rd-5th), more storms move in, these out of the northwest, with colder air and snow blasting in for northern Utah, Colorado, and northern New Mexico. Moderate snow for Utah, moderate to heavy for Colorado (favoring northern areas including Aspen), and light to moderate for northern New Mexico including Taos Ski Valley. The snow hangs on longer for Taos as the storm exits to the south. Following this storm, we see strong high pressure ridging all across the western US, with sunny and milder conditions through the 8th (California) - 10th (Colorado). Pacific storms move in after this, and we are expecting February to be more active across the west, more specifically the southwest US, but including Colorado and northern New Mexico, for more frequent and possibly significant snowfalls. NORTHWEST US and SOUTHWEST CANADA: High pressure ridging builds in over the southwest US early February (Monday and Tuesday, 2nd/ 3rd), and a fairly strong storm blasts into the area up and over this ridge, with heavy snowfall possible across the inland Northwest ski areas. This storm should be cold enough to drop some good amounts of lighter powder across the inland Northwest US including north Idaho and northwest Montana, and also including the Washington Cascades and southwest Canada, minus the annoying rains we have been seeing in the last several weeks. Following this storm, we see strong high pressure ridging all across the western US, with sunny and milder conditions through the 8th/ 9th for the northwest US and southwest Canada. Pacific storms move in after this, and we are expecting February to be more active across the west, more specifically the southwest US, but including the northwest US/ southwest Canada as well, for more frequent and possibly significant snowfalls. TAHOE/ MAMMOTH/ NORTHERN SIERRA; High pressure ridging builds in over the southwest US early February (Monday and Tuesday, 2nd/ 3rd), and the south end of a strong Pac NW storm moves through the area up and over this ridge, with light snowfall possible for Tahoe ski areas including Squaw and Alpine Meadows. This storm may have some snow level issues, with snow levels near 7,000 feet possible. Following this storm, we see strong high pressure ridging all across the western US, with sunny and milder conditions through the 8th or so. Pacific storms move in after this, and we are expecting February (as has seemed to be the case a lot in the last few years) to be more active across the west, more specifically the southwest US, but including Tahoe-Mammoth as well, for more frequent and significant snowfalls. SOUTHWEST US AND SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA; High pressure ridging builds in over the southwest US early February (Monday and Tuesday, 2nd/ 3rd), with mostly sunny skies but some Santa Ana wind possible (helps with snow making). Following this period, we see strong high pressure ridging all across the western US, with sunny and milder conditions through the 8th-9th or so. Pacific storms move in after this, and we are expecting February (as has seemed to be the case a lot in the last few years) to be more active across the west, more specifically the southwest US, including Mountain High and SoCal resort areas. WYOMING/ SOUTHWEST MONTANA: High pressure ridging builds in over the southwest US early February (Monday and Tuesday, 2nd/ 3rd), and a fairly strong storm blasts into the area up and over this ridge for Tuesday/ Wednesday, with moderate to heavy snowfall possible across southwest Montana and Wyoming ski areas. This storm should be cold enough to drop some significant amounts of light powder across the area. Following this storm, we see strong high pressure ridging all across the western US, with sunny and milder conditions through the 9th/ 10th. Pacific storms move in after this, and we are expecting February to be pretty active across the west, more specifically the southwest US, including southwest Montana/ Wyoming resort areas. Please check back as we update... CM

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