Opening Day!

Friday, November 8, 2013 at 7:41 am

Today is the official opening day for Solitude and Brighton up in Big Cottonwood!  Clouds this morning should clear through the day for a nice, mild day.  Warming will continue into this weekend with dry conditions persisting.  Monday and Tuesday also look quiet weather-wise.

The next impulse of any note is on Wednesday when a weak wave of energy will drop out of Canada into the Rockies.  There isn’t a lot of moisture with this system and the moisture that is there will likely stay mostly to our east.  It does look like it will at least cool temperatures back down to near normal by Thursday of next week.  That is good news for Brighton and Solitude to keep operations going with more snowmaking.

Late next Friday into Saturday (Nov 15-16),  all global models are currently showing a much stronger system dropping into the Great Basin.  This is still 7+ days out and with model performance lately, it’s hard to trust anything right now, even with total model agreement.  However, if this does pan out, we could see our first decent snow since the beginning of the month.

Beyond that system, models diverge again.  GFS keeps systems rolling into the area and the Euro dries us out again.   No point worrying about that now, it’s way too far out.

So basically, there is a ray of hope for late next week.  Let’s not get too excited just yet.  I’ll keep an eye on it for you this weekend and keep you updated.  Enjoy opening weekend!


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  • Steve

    Love the 06Z GFS. But if I’ve learned anything, it’s not to fall in love with one run of the GFS.

    • Well GFS has shown that general pattern for a few runs now. But you’re right, still way too far out. Especially with recent model performance.

  • James

    at this point, its better to believe it when I see it..

    but at some point we will have a heavy snow year