Loveland Snow Stake
It's early December and Colorado's snowpack is struggling but there is snow on the way! And the greatest news of all? There are MULTIPLE bouts of snow coming for the mountains of Colorado just enough time to blanket our ski hills with some fluffy powder for the Holidays.
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The current snowpack across Colorado looks like this:
The snowpack is a judge of how good the snow conditions are across the state and as you can see, most of us are in the yellow and orange range. This period of snowy weather should boost snowpack numbers across all of Colorado.
Drought across Colorado has also been extremely bad. Drought conditions have persisted this entire year and have worsened each month this year leading to an astounding 94-percent of Colorado being affected by Severe drought status and 75-percent of Colorado being affected by Extreme drought. This incoming moisture will be incredibly beneficial to not only the skiers but the snowpack and water supply for us and will hopefully be the beginning of a better snowpack season.
To read the full forecast for the Southern Mountains, Click here.
The Southern Mountains will encompass Telluride Resort, Purgatory Resort, Silverton Mountain, Kendall mountain and Hesperus ski are
The strongest storm signal we see for the southern mountains is starting right now. Up to 10-20" is possible between now and the end of the weekend for the southern mountains. Enjoy those fresh pow turns!
The Central Mountains
To read the full forecast for the Central Mountains, Click here.
The Central Mountains encompass Monarch, Powderhorn, Sunlight, Cooper, Copper and the Aspen mountains.
Weather Models suggesting 4-6 rounds of snow incoming for the Central Mountains
Again, these are just signals showing up but it gives us a sense of what's to come. The lead up to the Holidays should be very kind to the Central mountains of Colorado.
The Northern Mountains
To read the full forecast for the Northern Mountains, Click here.
The Northern mountains will encompass Arapahoe Basin, Loveland, Winter Park, Granby Ranch, Howelson Hill and Steamboat.
In a year like this one, a La Niña year, the Northern mountains typically see the best snow setups. The beginning of this snow year, that was not the case. There has been such a lack of snow that some areas are struggling to open added terrain. That is about to change.
Weather Models suggesting 4-6 rounds of snow incoming for the Northern Mountains
This gives us a good idea that leading up to the Holidays, there will be a healthier snowpack in the Northern mountains than there is now. The signals showing up for the northern mountains look the best meaning that we will have better snow totals up in this area.
Like the Southern and Central mountains though, the best snow looks to come this weekend and on Tuesday where 8-16" of snow could fall.
Front Range mountains like Echo and Eldora will be seeing some decent snows as well during these times. We should have a very bonafide snowpack by the end of the year.
Enjoy the fresh pow and make sure to have fun, be safe and mask up! For all of the latest guidance on what ski areas are doing in regard to COVID, check out this page.