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Today's Forecast
↑33° ↓15°
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  • Dewpoint↓5° / ↑2°
  • Humidity↑29% / ↓81%
  • Regional New Snow0"
  • Regional Snow Depth6"
Mostly clear with a few clouds through the morning, and then clear becoming mostly clear with a few clouds into the evening.
No snow throughout the day.
None expected.
Winds W 12 to 24 mph through the morning becoming SW 4 to 13 mph in the afternoon, evening with gusts up to 37 mph. Expected wind chill to be -7 to 12 degrees throughout the day.
Daily Freezing Level In Feet
Tuesday the 26th
↑42° ↓23°
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  • Dewpoint↓6° / ↑3°
  • Humidity↑19% / ↓53%
  • Regional New Snow0"
  • Regional Snow Depth4"
Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
None expected.
None expected.
Winds SW 6 to 15 mph through the morning shifting to SW 14 to 26 mph in the afternoon, evening with gusts up to 31 mph. Wind chill expected to be 11 to 21 degrees throughout the day.
Daily Freezing Level In Feet
Wednesday the 27th
↑44° ↓27°
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  • Dewpoint↓12° / ↑10°
  • Humidity↑28% / ↓53%
  • Regional New Snow0"
  • Regional Snow Depth2"
Overcast through the morning, and then mostly cloudy becoming cloudy into the evening.
None expected throughout the day.
None expected throughout the day.
Winds W 11 to 22 mph through the morning becoming SW 9 to 20 mph in the afternoon, evening with gusts up to 35 mph. Wind chill expected to be 11 to 22 degrees throughout the day.
Daily Freezing Level In Feet
Thursday the 28th
↑40° ↓24°
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  • Dewpoint↓11° / ↑8°
  • Humidity↑26% / ↓58%
  • Regional New Snow0"
  • Regional Snow Depth1"
Partly cloudy through the morning, and then cloudy becoming partly cloudy into the evening.
None expected throughout the day.
No precipitation expected.
Winds SW 10 to 21 mph through the morning shifting to SW 11 to 22 mph in the afternoon, evening with gusts up to 48 mph. Wind chill expected to be 9 to 18 degrees throughout the day.
Daily Freezing Level In Feet
Friday the 29th
↑31° ↓12°
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  • Dewpoint↓10° / ↑4°
  • Humidity↑45% / ↓85%
  • Regional New Snow5"
  • Regional Snow Depth3"
Partly cloudy becoming mostly cloudy through the morning, and then overcast through the afternoon and evening. Expect periods of snow throughout the day.
Expected snowfall to be 1 to 2 inches in the early morning followed by another 2 to 3 inches before noon and 1 to 2 inches in the afternoon, then another 1 to 2 inches into the evening.
Potential Precip: 0.13 to 0.63 inches
Winds NW 12 to 24 mph through the morning shifting to variable at 3 to 10 mph in the afternoon, evening with gusts up to 37 mph. Wind chill expected to be -10 to 8 degrees throughout the day.
Daily Freezing Level In Feet
Saturday the 30th
↑27° ↓10°
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  • Dewpoint↓12° / ↑5°
  • Humidity↑54% / ↓89%
  • Regional New Snow4"
  • Regional Snow Depth4"
Overcast becoming mostly cloudy through the morning, and then cloudy becoming mostly cloudy into the evening. Expect periods of snow throughout the day.
Expected snowfall to be a dusting in the early morning, then another dusting before noon and 1 to 2 inches in the afternoon, then another 2 to 3 inches in the evening.
Potential Precip: 0.08 to 0.4 inches
Winds NW 8 to 17 mph through the morning shifting to variable at 1 to 8 mph in the afternoon, evening with gusts up to 21 mph. Expected wind chill to be -8 to 8 degrees throughout the day.
Daily Freezing Level In Feet
  • Last Update25 Mar @ 06:03
  • Snow Last 24hrs7"
  • Snow Past 48 hrs10"
  • Season Total326"
  • Average Base Depth74 to 85"
  • Today's Snow Potential0"
Comments
14in, past 4 days. Snow surface is powder and machine groomed

  • High Lift Elevation11700
  • Base Elevation10500
  • Vertical Drop1,200ft
  • Longest Trail1.4mi
  • Trails40 of 41
  • Lifts4 of 4
  • Acreage392 of 400 ( 98% )
Other Info
  • Groomed Night Ski Trails9 ( 22% )
27°
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Conditions
  • Humidity31%
  • Dewpoint
  • SustainedSW 14mph
  • GustingSW 20mph
  • Visibility10.00 miles
  • Snow Depth63"
Comments
Fair
Location
Copper Mountain - Red Cliff Pass, CO
  • Elevation11,880ft
  • UpdatedMar 25 @ 10:17
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Location
  • City: Leadville
  • State: Colorado
  • Country: United States
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Ski Cooper Discussion
Now through Wednesday we are under a strong ridge of high pressure after a nice little shot of snow late yesterday... Milder temperatures, sunny skies, and not much wind are expected. Beautiful spring weather, and spring-like surface conditions on the lower mountain.

On Thursday we see increased winds as low pressure approaches the area. Snow may be moving in Thursday night, but mostly on Friday.

Friday we expect a fast moving low pressure system to move through. Factors working against it are that it is a mid-Pacific system with some warming, weakening its gradient (wind, forcing), and that it is moving underneath a high pressure ridge to the north, which also weakens it on the way in. Factors going for it, still cold and with decent moisture by the time it reaches Colorado, as it starts out strong. Moderate snow totals are forecast for Aspen-Snowmass, southwest Colorado, and moderate to heavy for northern resorts like Winter Park and Vail, since it develops a favorable northwest wind flow across the mountains as it moves through.

Saturday and Sunday we expect a ridge of high pressure to build in, and mostly sunny skies as a result. CM

LONG RANGE: I expect the western US in general to be mostly sunny on Saturday and Sunday, but with approaching low pressure (Pacific), expect clouds and some snow showers to start moving in on Sunday across the Northwest US south to Tahoe. The first half of April looks busy, with more frequent snow for Colorado next week. We also expect spring (into May and June) to be more dry than usual for Colorado, as persistent low pressure across the west coast and eastern Pacific does not allow for much moisture to move north from the tropics for spring thunderstorm activity. I will be watching.
LONG RANGE FORECAST - JAN 05, 2019
It has been a while since we updated this outlook. When paying full attention to any area we forecast for, which I have been watching weather patterns for (the western US also) since the 1970's, I put my forecasts of weather events/ timing/ snow totals up against any, especially in the long range. We gained quite a reputation for our Tahoe and Utah forecasts over a span of almost 15 years, gaining the attention of TV stations who used the forecasts with no mention of source, a movie financier who wanted me to be a part of a "think tank" group of professionals, radio stations, etc. Even major growers/ ag interests were using these free forecasts (for the longer range accuracy of weather event timing and significance), as an accurate long range forecaster is the equivalent of a "fortune teller", as told to me by the movie financier. There are competitors who charge for their info, and we do not, even though our information is a paid service in other formats we continue to deliver to agriculture customers to this day (Circa 1995). As I stated, I put my forecasts up against anyone else's in the area.

We gave out over $50,000 in SWAG (lodging, tickets, passes, gear, even Nativa Naturals food) from 2009-2011, stuff we couldn't even afford to buy ourselves, to many people from SFO and SAC, TVL area. If you check my bio you will see my story, there is a LOT more to it than what I am typing here.

I have received many emails due to the missing updates. The answer is, we have not had any support from advertisers, resorts, anyone in this region since around 2013. I continued on with the forecasting hoping for some support in the form of advertising or sponsorship, but it didn't happen, and I do not know anyone else who works for free.

That said, I would like to get these forecast outlooks going again-->

I never charged the site user for this service. The skier/ snowboarder has enough to pay for with fuel, lift tickets and passes, gear, life, etc., and I feel it is a service that should be provided by the host, the resort, to its visitors, even if in the form of advertising on the site. I have the same awesome, nice traffic as the rest of the snow sports niche sites, but am not going to run Google ads so they can charge $20/ cpm and give us less than a dollar cpm.

That said... I watch Colorado as that is where the business is for me. Recently, Bogus Basin joined the client list and now we work up a complete custom forecast for them as well, with a long range outlook. I will be drawing from that already completed work to deliver you a broad-brush longer range outlook for the western US, for now. I hope it is useful for you:

LONGER RANGE: The 9th-10th of January another low pressure system moves in with good potential snowfall, significant snow for the west coast mainly, less as we move inland, southern areas favored like southwest US areas,The 11-12th (roughly) and then the 13th-20th of January, we expect unsettled conditions to continue dominating the western US (had this forecast for over a month, early Dec forecast for this mid-late Jan time frame), and we expect a prominent moisture tap from the tropics, as El Nino starts to show itself more... So basically, between the 9th and 20th, we expect many more storms to move through with snow for most western US resort areas, down south to including Southern California and even favoring the southwest US as a more southerly track seems more likely... This unsettled period should last into around the 18th-20th of January, then in the last part of Jan and early February (through the 8th of Feb maybe), we start off with a snow down time under more dominant high pressure ridging. More to come. CM

Expanded Outlook

Monday
↑33° / ↓15°
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AM

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↑29° / ↓15°
Skies
Mostly clear with a few clouds before noon.
Snow
No snow in the morning hours.
Precipitation
No precipitation expected in the morning hours.
Winds
Morning winds W 12 to 24 mph with gusts up to 37 mph. Expected wind chill to be -7 to 2 degrees through the morning.

PM

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↑32° / ↓19°
Skies
Clear becoming mostly clear with a few clouds into the evening.
Snow
None expected through the afternoon and evening.
Precipitation
None expected through the afternoon and evening.
Winds
Afternoon winds SW 4 to 13 mph with gusts up to 14 mph. Wind chill expected to be 2 to 12 degrees into the evening.
Hourly Temperatures at 11,514ft
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Tuesday
↑42° / ↓23°
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AM

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↑38° / ↓23°
Skies
Mostly cloudy before noon.
Snow
None expected through the morning.
Precipitation
No precipitation expected through the morning.
Winds
Morning winds SW 6 to 15 mph with gusts up to 19 mph. Wind chill expected to be 11 to 18 degrees through the morning.

PM

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↑40° / ↓27°
Skies
Mostly cloudy into the evening.
Snow
None expected.
Precipitation
None expected.
Winds
Afternoon winds SW 14 to 26 mph with gusts up to 31 mph. Expected wind chill to be 12 to 21 degrees into the evening.
Hourly Temperatures at 11,514ft
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Wednesday
↑44° / ↓27°
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AM

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↑42° / ↓28°
Skies
Overcast before noon.
Snow
No snow through the morning.
Precipitation
No precipitation expected through the morning.
Winds
Morning winds W 11 to 22 mph with gusts up to 24 mph. Wind chill expected to be 11 to 20 degrees through the morning.

PM

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↑41° / ↓28°
Skies
Mostly cloudy becoming cloudy into the evening.
Snow
None expected.
Precipitation
No precipitation expected through the afternoon and evening.
Winds
Afternoon winds SW 9 to 20 mph with gusts up to 35 mph. Expected wind chill to be 15 to 22 degrees into the evening.
Hourly Temperatures at 11,514ft
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Thursday
↑40° / ↓24°
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AM

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↑39° / ↓27°
Skies
Partly cloudy through the morning.
Snow
None expected in the morning hours.
Precipitation
None expected.
Winds
Morning winds SW 10 to 21 mph with gusts up to 38 mph. Wind chill expected to be 11 to 18 degrees through the morning.

PM

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↑37° / ↓24°
Skies
Cloudy becoming partly cloudy into the evening.
Snow
No snow through the afternoon and evening.
Precipitation
No precipitation expected through the afternoon and evening.
Winds
Afternoon winds SW 11 to 22 mph with gusts up to 48 mph. Expected wind chill to be 9 to 18 degrees into the evening.
Hourly Temperatures at 11,514ft
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Friday
↑31° / ↓12°
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AM

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↑30° / ↓16°
Skies
Partly cloudy becoming mostly cloudy through the morning. Chance of snow after daylight.
Snow
Expected snowfall to be 1 to 2 inches in the early morning, then another 2 to 3 inches before noon.
Precipitation
Potential Precip: 0.05 to 0.25 inches
Winds
Morning winds NW 12 to 24 mph with gusts up to 37 mph. Wind chill expected to be -9 to 8 degrees through the morning.

PM

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↑23° / ↓12°
Skies
Overcast through the afternoon and evening. Expect periods of snow through the afternoon and evening.
Snow
Snowfall expected to be 1 to 2 inches in the afternoon, then another 1 to 2 inches in the evening.
Precipitation
Potential Precip: 0.08 to 0.38 inches
Winds
Afternoon winds variable at 3 to 10 mph. Wind chill expected to be -10 to -7 degrees into the evening.
Hourly Temperatures at 11,514ft
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Saturday
↑27° / ↓10°
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AM

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↑23° / ↓10°
Skies
Cloudy becoming mostly cloudy before noon. Chance of snow after daylight.
Snow
Expected snowfall to be a trace amount in the early morning, then another trace before noon.
Precipitation
Potential Precip: 0.02 to 0.1 inches
Winds
Morning winds NW 8 to 17 mph with gusts up to 21 mph. Wind chill expected to be -8 to 1 degrees through the morning.

PM

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↑26° / ↓13°
Skies
Overcast becoming mostly cloudy into the evening. Expect periods of snow through the afternoon and evening.
Snow
Expected snowfall to be 1 to 2 inches in the afternoon followed by another 2 to 3 inches later into the evening.
Precipitation
Potential Precip: 0.06 to 0.3 inches
Winds
Afternoon winds variable at 1 to 8 mph. Wind chill expected to be 3 to 8 degrees into the evening.
Hourly Temperatures at 11,514ft
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  • Soil Low Temperature17°
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  • Soil Low Temperature25°
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