The Little Ski Hill
Today's Forecast
↑35° ↓27°
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  • Dewpoint↓27° / ↑29°
  • Humidity↑94% / ↓97%
  • Regional New Snow7"
  • Regional Snow Depth10"
Cloudy throughout the day. Expect periods of snow throughout the day.
Snowfall expected to be 2 to 4 inches in the early morning followed by another 2 to 4 inches before noon and 2 to 4 inches in the afternoon.
Potential Precip: 0.42 to 2.08 inches
Winds S 12 to 23 mph through the morning becoming SW 10 to 21 mph in the afternoon, evening with gusts up to 36 mph. Wind chill expected to be 15 to 18 degrees throughout the day.
Daily Freezing Level In Feet
Wednesday the 19th
↑34° ↓25°
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  • Dewpoint↓25° / ↑25°
  • Humidity↑85% / ↓95%
  • Regional New Snow1"
  • Regional Snow Depth5"
Cloudy throughout the day. Expect periods of snow throughout the day.
Expected snowfall to be a trace amount in the early morning, then another trace before noon.
Potential Precip: 0.13 to 0.63 inches
Winds SW 4 to 13 mph through the morning becoming SE 4 to 13 mph in the afternoon, evening with gusts up to 16 mph. Wind chill expected to be 15 to 19 degrees throughout the day.
Daily Freezing Level In Feet
Thursday the 20th
↑37° ↓28°
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  • Dewpoint↓27° / ↑25°
  • Humidity↑69% / ↓94%
  • Regional New Snow1"
  • Regional Snow Depth10"
Cloudy throughout the day. Chance of snow in the evening.
Expected snowfall to be a dusting in the afternoon.
Potential Precip: 0.04 to 0.2 inches
Winds S 8 to 17 mph through the morning becoming S 4 to 13 mph in the afternoon, evening with gusts up to 33 mph. Expected wind chill to be 17 to 23 degrees throughout the day.
Daily Freezing Level In Feet
Friday the 21st
↑32° ↓17°
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  • Dewpoint↓22° / ↑17°
  • Humidity↑72% / ↓96%
  • Regional New Snow1"
  • Regional Snow Depth10"
Cloudy becoming mostly cloudy through the morning, and then mostly cloudy through the afternoon and evening. Chance of snow after daylight and then snow in the afternoon.
Snowfall expected to be a trace in the early morning.
Potential Precip: 0.19 to 0.93 inches
Winds variable at 2 to 9 mph through the morning becoming variable at 1 to 8 mph in the afternoon, evening with gusts up to 11 mph. Expected wind chill to be 6 to 19 degrees throughout the day.
Daily Freezing Level In Feet
Saturday the 22nd
↑26° ↓17°
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  • Dewpoint↓11° / ↑11°
  • Humidity↑60% / ↓74%
  • Regional New Snow0"
  • Regional Snow Depth6"
Partly cloudy becoming overcast through the morning, and then overcast becoming partly cloudy into the evening.
No snow.
No precipitation expected.
Winds variable at 3 to 10 mph through the morning becoming variable at 3 to 10 mph in the afternoon, evening with gusts up to 13 mph. Expected wind chill to be 5 to 13 degrees throughout the day.
Daily Freezing Level In Feet
Sunday the 23rd
↑28° ↓20°
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  • Dewpoint↓22° / ↑13°
  • Humidity↑77% / ↓93%
  • Regional New Snow7"
  • Regional Snow Depth7"
Mostly cloudy becoming cloudy through the morning, and then cloudy through the afternoon and evening. Chance of snow in the afternoon, snow in the evening.
Expected snowfall to be 2 to 3 inches before noon and 4 to 7 inches in the afternoon.
Potential Precip: 0.19 to 0.95 inches
Winds S 7 to 16 mph through the morning becoming S 4 to 13 mph in the afternoon, evening with gusts up to 20 mph. Wind chill expected to be 4 to 12 degrees throughout the day.
Daily Freezing Level In Feet
  • Last Update16 Jan @ 07:01
  • Snow Last 24hrs4"
  • Snow Past 48 hrs4"
  • Season Total14"
  • Average Base Depth10"
  • Today's Snow Potential7"
Comments
4in, Storm Total. Snow surface is packed powder and powder.

  • High Lift Elevation5700
  • Base Elevation5295
  • Vertical Drop425ft
  • Longest Trail0.88 miles
  • Trails11 of 14
  • Lifts5 of 7
  • Acreage44 of 50 ( 86% )
  • Night Skiing5 lifts/5 trails open
Other Info
  • Groomed Night Ski Trails11 ( 100% )
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Conditions
  • Humidity85%
  • Dewpoint31°
  • SustainedS 17mph
  • GustingS 0mph
  • Visibility9.00 miles
  • Snow Depth22"
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Location
McCall Airport, ID
  • Elevation4,990ft
  • UpdatedDec 18 @ 04:09
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  • City: McCall
  • State: Idaho
  • Country: United States
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The Little Ski Hill Discussion
YESTERDAY: "looks a bit colder and expect to see plenty of sunshine after the morning hours as we are between storms, and under high pressure ridging. By tonight, we are seeing snow again, but mainly toward early Tuesday morning. This storm moves in more from the west, with a strong pressure gradient and very strong winds expected on Tuesday. Snow levels will be a close call again, up near the base elevation around 6,000 feet. Most snow falls during operating hours, then drier air moves in after 4pm. Snow ends Tuesday night, and by ..."

TODAY: We see clouds clearing and cool temperatures, with fresh new snow to ski and board on under now building high pressure ridging aloft and exiting low pressure/ moisture/ dynamics, and decreasing winds... By Thursday we are squarely under high pressure ridging aloft, with milder temperatures and less wind expected.

LONGER RANGE: Friday and through the weekend (21st - 23rd) we expect a couple of low pressure systems to move through with potential snowfall, looking mostly light at this point for Friday, but MORE snow nonetheless. The further north you are the better snowfall, is what it is looking like. The storm on the 23rd is looking stronger and more moist, with 3-6" of snow from that one looking like a fair chance right now. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day a stronger and possibly juicier storm moves through the area with a better shot of heavier snow just in time for these days off. A couple of days later around the 27th-29th, another couple of storms look to be moving through with another good shot of snow before a potential 2 week down time under high pressure ridging and dry/ milder conditions (we may have to throw a storm or 2 in here, but for now going with previously expected trends). By the 10th-15th of January we should be back into a regular storm cycle... More detail is coming. CM
Southern Idaho/ Bogus Basin to be hit with snow, strong winds on Tuesday...
Monday at 3pm...

A big storm is coming in terms of wind and moderate snow, with multiple feet of snow to the north across north Idaho...

The jet stream will give strong dynamics, and we will see good moisture and some dense, base-building snowfall, about 4-7" to Bogus Basin, around 4" near the base and about 7 inches of snowfall up top, Tuesday morning through evening mainly. We are hoping for more but this will be a good coverage type of snow, helping to erase the early season thin spots.



We have more storms coming too, right through the holidays, and we are watching, updating, even giving long range forecasts out to a month+ away! Please be sure to check the details at our custom forecast for Bogus Basin HERE, sponsored by Bogus Basin!
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

Tuesday
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↑34° / ↓28°
Skys
Cloudy before noon. Chance of snow after daylight.
Snow
Expected snowfall to be 2 to 4 inches in the early morning, then another 2 to 4 inches before noon.
Precipitation
Potential Precip: 0.23 to 1.13 inches
Winds
Morning winds S 12 to 23 mph with gusts up to 36 mph. Wind chill expected to be 15 to 16 degrees through the morning.

PM

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↑35° / ↓29°
Skys
Cloudy into the evening. Expect periods of snow through the afternoon and evening.
Snow
Snowfall forecasted to be 2 to 4 inches in the afternoon.
Precipitation
Potential Precip: 0.17 to 0.83 inches
Winds
Afternoon winds SW 10 to 21 mph with gusts up to 32 mph. Expected wind chill to be 16 to 18 degrees into the evening.
Hourly Temperatures at 5,015ft
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Wednesday
↑34° / ↓25°
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AM

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↑34° / ↓25°
Skys
Overcast through the morning. Chance of snow after daylight.
Snow
Snowfall expected to be a trace in the early morning followed by another dusting before noon.
Precipitation
Potential Precip: 0.05 to 0.23 inches
Winds
Morning winds SW 4 to 13 mph with gusts up to 16 mph. Wind chill expected to be 16 to 19 degrees through the morning.

PM

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↑31° / ↓28°
Skys
Cloudy through the afternoon and evening. Expect periods of snow through the afternoon and evening.
Snow
Flurries possible.
Precipitation
Potential Precip: trace amount
Winds
Afternoon winds SE 4 to 13 mph with gusts up to 17 mph. Expected wind chill to be 15 to 16 degrees into the evening.
Hourly Temperatures at 5,015ft
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Thursday
↑37° / ↓28°
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↑35° / ↓31°
Skys
Cloudy before noon.
Snow
None expected through the morning.
Precipitation
Potential Precip: trace amount
Winds
Morning winds S 8 to 17 mph with gusts up to 33 mph. Wind chill expected to be 17 to 22 degrees through the morning.

PM

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↑36° / ↓29°
Skys
Overcast through the afternoon and evening. Chance of snow in the evening.
Snow
Expected snowfall to be a dusting in the afternoon.
Precipitation
Potential Precip: 0.04 to 0.2 inches
Winds
Afternoon winds S 4 to 13 mph with gusts up to 18 mph. Expected wind chill to be 20 to 23 degrees into the evening.
Hourly Temperatures at 5,015ft
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Friday
↑32° / ↓17°
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AM

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↑31° / ↓20°
Skys
Cloudy becoming mostly cloudy through the morning. Chance of snow after daylight.
Snow
Snowfall expected to be a trace amount in the early morning.
Precipitation
Potential Precip: 0.02 to 0.08 inches
Winds
Morning winds variable at 2 to 9 mph. Wind chill expected to be 7 to 19 degrees through the morning.

PM

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↑24° / ↓17°
Skys
Mostly cloudy into the evening. Chance of snow in the afternoon.
Snow
Flurries possible through the afternoon and evening.
Precipitation
Potential Precip: trace amount
Winds
Afternoon winds variable at 1 to 8 mph. Wind chill expected to be 6 to 16 degrees into the evening.
Hourly Temperatures at 5,015ft
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Saturday
↑26° / ↓17°
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AM

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↑25° / ↓19°
Skys
Partly cloudy becoming overcast through the morning.
Snow
None expected in the morning hours.
Precipitation
None expected.
Winds
Morning winds variable at 3 to 10 mph. Wind chill expected to be 6 to 13 degrees through the morning.

PM

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↑24° / ↓18°
Skys
Cloudy becoming partly cloudy through the afternoon and evening.
Snow
None expected.
Precipitation
None expected.
Winds
Afternoon winds variable at 3 to 10 mph. Wind chill expected to be 5 to 13 degrees into the evening.
Hourly Temperatures at 5,015ft
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Sunday
↑28° / ↓20°
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AM

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↑26° / ↓20°
Skys
Mostly cloudy becoming overcast through the morning.
Snow
Snowfall expected to be 2 to 3 inches before noon.
Precipitation
Potential Precip: 0.05 to 0.23 inches
Winds
Morning winds S 7 to 16 mph with gusts up to 20 mph. Wind chill expected to be 4 to 10 degrees through the morning.

PM

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↑28° / ↓24°
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Overcast into the evening. Expect periods of snow through the afternoon and evening.
Snow
Snowfall expected to be 4 to 7 inches in the afternoon.
Precipitation
Potential Precip: 0.15 to 0.73 inches
Winds
Afternoon winds variable at 0 to 8 mph. Wind chill expected to be 9 to 12 degrees into the evening.
Hourly Temperatures at 5,015ft
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Snow Maker's Corner

Regional Soil Temperatures
  • Soil High Temperature31°
  • Soil Low Temperature28°
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Regional Soil Temperatures
  • Soil High Temperature31°
  • Soil Low Temperature27°
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Regional Soil Temperatures
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  • Soil Low Temperature24°
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  • Soil High Temperature30°
  • Soil Low Temperature19°
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  • Soil High Temperature24°
  • Soil Low Temperature12°
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