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Summary

Here you go, we are releasing our first set of “official” predictions for December.  This set of predictions were made back on November 9th, in which we teased the first two dates.  We will release the holiday dates a little later, as we get into December, but our long-range forecast is finished for the entire month.

Subscription Service Begins in December

We have a lot of “back of the house” development going on right now, so I appreciate your patience with our site, as we prepare to launch our subscription service.  We will charge $3.49 per month, or $25 annually.  Look for that to begin around the week of December 5th.  

We are being diligent with our overhead trying to keep costs as low as possible, while delivering a great product.  When I got into this business, I had no idea all of the costs associated with running day to day operations.

The time involved is not work–it’s so rewarding.  Especially when you get to talk about powder days and upcoming trips.

I love hearing from you, about your trips, and how we have helped you know when to go.  Thats what it’s all about, and why I started this company. To be able to plan a trip and get powder, weeks in advance—that saves a lot of money, compared to chasing a storm and booking last minute.

Last Storm of Test Chart

Well, this is it, the last storm on the test chart.  It hit’s Montana tonight.  All of the systems, on the chart, have generally gone according to plan. There is always a little variability with timing, but I couldn’t be more pleased with how they behaved.

Below is the Montana chart, generally in the 2-6 range.

Colorado (Updated)


Update:  This is a fresh map.  Not much has changed from yesterday  I received an email from some backcountry chasers who wanted to know where to go.

The present bullseye is around Red Feather Lake, with 8-12, next would be Rocky Mountain National Park,  around 6.  Eldora is on the edge of good totals, so possibly a surprise there.  Back the other direction, Steamboat 4-6 and Vail/Beaver Creek 2-4.  Everywhere else is in the 1-2 range  

From Yesterday

This is not a big storm, this time through, but with an amplified pattern, it could be 2 to 3 times the size.  We are not getting any help from our teleconnections, presently.  The good news is help is on the way. 

The Madden Jullian Oscillation (MJO) is projected to be entering phase 6, and it is predicted to strengthen as it enters phase 7.  This will feed into the Pacific storm energy and likely amplify the pattern.

This amplification is already showing up on the models right around Thanksgiving.  The Artic Oscillation (AO) is predicted to go negative around the same time, that will help drive the amplification more  

Thanksgiving Week
The Thanksgiving storm we have been talking about is looking good.  We will discuss that more on Friday.

Thanks for spending time reading the blog, as always have any questions please feel free to comment below or email to Mike@FutureSnow.co

Forecasted Areas

Pacific Northwest Cascade Mountains

Crystal MountainMount Hood MeadowsTimberline49 Degrees North,  BachelorMt Baker,

Lake Tahoe Sierra Mountains

HeavenlyPalisades TahoeKirkwoodDodge RidgeDonner Ski Ranch

Utah Wasatch Mountains

AltaPark CityDeer ValleyBrightonSnowbirdBrian Head

Colorado Rocky Mountains

AspenAspen HighlandsSnowmassVailBeaver Creek,  Winter ParkKeystoneArapahoe BasinBreckenridgeCopper MountainPowderhornSki CooperTellurideCrested ButteSilvertonWolf CreekEldoraLoveland

 

2 Comments

  • NLTCrow says:

    Hey Mike –
    I notice Jackson & Sun Valley rarely get mentioned and don’t appear anywhere in this latest predictions list for Dec.
    Just an oversight or perhaps intentional? Keeping the good stuff to yourself?
    Thanks

    • Future Snow says:

      That’s a good one NLTCrow. I have narrowed the focus, a little bit for now, while I’m finishing the sit remodel. I have some help on the way soon, we will be announcing it shortly. I do have them, along with most of the resorts in the west, on my precipitation pattern chart. So that can be called up at any time.

      Shoot me an email, if you’re interested in any resort, I will give you the storm dates. I love Jackson Hole, what a great mountain. Haven’t been to Sun Valley yet, but it looks cool too. Big Sky, Sun Valley, Jackson Hole and Targhee should near average Precip this year, with those big storms.

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