Author: christomer

Holding pattern for the Intermountain West

I’m forecasting a challenging 10-day stretch for the ski areas in the lower 48. A king dome of high pressure is building. Higher pressures may run a full two standard deviations above the 30-year average. This means warmer and drier than normal conditions are likely. The Intermountain West is in a holding pattern. The bulk […]

Brutal 10-day snow forecast across the West

We’re moving into a difficult pattern across the Western Rockies through December 4. Pressures are rising as a dome of high pressure builds. At it’s peak, this “king high pressure” could reach two standard deviations above the 30-year normal. This means warmer and drier than normal weather for most lower 48 ski areas. The primary […]

Western snow forecast before and after Thanksgiving

I’m watching the storm track like a hawk – like this hawk I saw yesterday. It’s been an abnormally warm and dry Fall across most of the West with the storm track favoring higher pressures and ridging. Many ski resorts delayed their opening dates. Is there relief coming before Thanksgiving to the Lower 48 ski […]

Snow forecast through Thanksgiving

The bulk of new snow through Thanksgiving will hit the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, and Western Alberta. This storm system will then drop south with light to moderate snowfall in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado. A second storm system coming from the south Pacific will deliver light to moderate snow to southern Colorado and […]

Kettlebell Sunday

Kettlebell workouts get me into the right forecasting mood! It’s Thanksgiving week and i’m tracking two storm systems in the Pacific Ocean: One in the North Pacific and one in the South Pacific. The bulk of snow accumulation through this week and upcoming weekend will occur in the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, and western Alberta. […]

Weekend update and Thanksgiving week forecast

I started Saturday with a workout in the Foothills of Colorado. The sunshine was glorious. I could see clouds and a wind signature to the west shrouding the high peaks and ski areas. This is a minor storm system for the ski areas of Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming. There are two additional storm systems over […]

Snow falling in the Tetons; next stop Colorado

I’m forecasting moderate snow accumulation across the Tetons including Jackson Hole and Grand Targhee ski areas over the next 24 hours. Snow was also falling at Schweitzer in Idaho as well. A cold front is generating this snow. It’s next stop is Colorado between Friday night and Saturday. Friday is opening day at Eldora Ski […]

Weekend snow forecast and partial lunar eclipse

One storm system is lined-up for the Intermountain West this weekend (mainly Friday-Saturday). I’m forecasting minor snow amounts at most ski areas with a couple exceptions including the Tetons. Right, this storm system is hitting the Pacific Northwest. We’ve seen this kind of minor, fast-moving, and moisture starved storm system a few times this Fall […]

Weekend storm system

A storm system currently over the Pacific Ocean will move into the West Coast/PNW then into the Intermountain West between Friday-Saturday. Right now this storm system appears minor for most ski areas with a few exceptions. A minor cold front is currently racing through Colorado. Snow amounts across the Central and Northern Mountains are light, […]