Winter Forecast Guide: Where Should You Ski This Winter?

Clay Malott | | WeatherWeather
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Colorado meteorologist Chris Tomer put together this great chart showing expected snowfall across the West for this season. Will long-range forecasts influence where you ski this season? Let us know in the comments!

La Nina has officially arrived. What does this mean for Colorado’s Mountains this Winter 2020-2021? Here are a few of my thoughts as we deal with a Moderately strong La Nina directly on the back of last Winter’s El Nino.

The pattern flip is important.

1) Slow start to Winter. Consistent snow may not arrive until December.
2) I-70 North favored most this Winter. Resorts like Steamboat, Winter Park, Loveland, Vail Pass backcountry, RMNP backcountry, Caribou, Indian Peaks, Cameron Pass, and Berthoud Pass.
3) Southern Mountains drier, warmer.
4) Windier than normal Winter I-70 North.
5) Somewhat Similar Winter analogs: 2010-2011, 2007-2008.

Final Notes. We could see this Moderately strong La Nina reach “Strong” levels. It might be a long shot. This means the water temps in the equatorial south Pacific cool even more. If this happens it could push us even closer to the analog 2010-2011 Winter pattern.

Chris Tomer

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4 thoughts on “Winter Forecast Guide: Where Should You Ski This Winter?

  1. Save this for an accuracy review in March 2021. This follows with the La niña prediction…less snow to north, CA Sierras normal.

    1. So your saying its going to snow this winter? Great news!

      Now how about predicting the snowfall at Perfect North Slopes this season. Maybe there will be 2-4 snowfalls of 2″ this season. I’m so pumped. That powder melts before I can even get over the border to Indiana. Oh well at least the casino is open.

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