Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 19, 2011 12:28 am

Powder Outlook:


Low pressure will track across Southern and Central New Mexico and Arizona in the next 48 hours so if you are truly powder-starved, climbing the walls, or in depression head to Ruidoso New Mexico to Fort Apache Ski area (1.5 hours from El Paso Texas)  who will be reporting deep powder conditions by late Monday.  They have had more natural snow this year then some spots in the Rockies!  Perhaps I should chase this storm as the Steak at the Texas Club Restaurant in Ruidoso can’t be matched anywhere and I have eaten there over a dozen times!   There is snow in the forecast for the Wasatch and Northern Colorado so keep reading!

Monday:   Heavy snow central and southern New Mexico, Colorado (7-14) (Eastern Plains), and moderate snow possible over Angel Fire Ski Area (4-8) in Northeast New Mexico. Taos should see 3-6 inches Max!  Wolf Creek and Southern Colorado mountains may only see 1-2 inches.

Tuesday: Moderate snow continues over the Eastern Plains of Colorado as well as NE corner of New Mexico.  Light snow for the Northwest of Washington and Oregon

Wednesday: Cold front drops into Montana, Idaho, and Northern Wyoming bringing a good blast of 3-5 inches to many ski areas by Wednesday night

Thursday  Snow likely over the Tetons, Wasatch (3-5 inches) and eventually into Central Colorado late morning. The maps dump most of the moisture along I-70 from Aspen through Vail and eventually south into the 4 corners by late afternoon. Summit County Colorado  will be the wildcard?. Amounts should be light but enough to freshen up the hardpack.

Friday:  Snow showers continue over Southern Colorado (Wolf Creek), New Mexico (Taos) however amounts will stay in the 3-5 inch range.

Long Range:  The models depict a continued split flow with occasional light snows for the Northwest Cascades possibily turning heavier near New Years and a better chance of snow in the Northern Rockies (MT, ID, WY) as we get into 2012. The models are not showing any consensus so stay tuned for updates.

- Powderchaser Steve