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The Snow Report

Your on-the-ground updates about the major snow events of the 2021-22 Aspen Snowmass ski season

There are many snow forecasting and reporting websites, including our favorites: AspenWeather.net and Open Snow. But as Aspen locals with a prime, downtown location, we love to share our on-the-ground intel about the big weather events of the winter. Follow along as we document powder days during the 2021-22 ski season!

Long-Range Snow Forecast for the 2021-22 Ski Season

Aspen Winter Forecast

Our friends at AspenWeather.net (a subscription-based forecast for the Aspen Snowmass ski areas) are predicting average to above average snowfall for Aspen Snowmass this winter. Forecasting models agree that there will be a La Nina pattern.

"Six of our 10 snowiest winters of all time have been La Nina's," wrote Meteorologist Corey Gates. "But the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO), an eastward-moving atmospheric disturbance, will have the final say on how this winter will turn out. If the MJO stays in the cold phases, then it will be a very good winter. If we stay in the warm phases, then dry spells will happen."

Forecasters at Open Snow echo the prediction of a La Nina winter as well as average precipitation this winter. They cite the NOAA three-month precipitation outlook (pictured at left) but remind skiers that three-to-six-month forecasts have little value. Your best bet is to book a ski vacation to give yourself the opportunity to score a powder day!

A FOOT OF NEW SNOW BEFORE OPENING DAY | Nov. 24, 2021

On Saturday night, a strong storm cell passed through Aspen Snowmass and dropped 5 - 7 inches on our ski areas. And on Tuesday night through Wednesday morning, another storm settled in and delivered an addition 5 - 7 inches.

Opening day is Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 25), and Aspen Mountain and Snowmass will welcome skiers and riders with 57 acres of combined open terrain. Enjoy runs on the top half of Aspen Mountain and in the Elk Camp Meadows area at Snowmass.

The forecast is dry through the weekend, but a much snowier weather pattern is predicted during the first week of December.

Photos: Aspen Snowmass and Jordan Curet

Aspen Snow Report

New Snow in Aspen

Opening Day in Aspen

5 - 8 INCHES ACROSS ASPEN SNOWMASS SKI AREAS | Nov. 2, 2021

This week, a high-moisture storm has been lingering in the Aspen area. On Tuesday afternoon, temperatures dropped and butterfly-sized snowflakes caused quick accummulation. Snow stakes recorded 5 inches on Aspen Mountain and 6 inches at Aspen Highlands, but official SNOTEL sites recorded up to 8 inches on our ski areas. With high moisture content, this new snow lays a great base for the upcoming ski season.

Photo: Aspen Snowmass, Jeremy Swanson

Aspen Snow Report

ASPEN'S FIRST WINTER STORM OF THE SEASON | Oct. 25 - 27, 2021

While it wasn't the "bomb cyclone" that California ski resorts saw last weekend, our first winter storm descended upon Aspen on Tuesday and dropped a few inches of new snow on the Aspen Snowmass ski areas. We awoke on Wednesday morning to wintry scenes and temperatures in the 20s. More cold, stormy weather is forecast for the coming week! We love these small, consistent storms during the early season that build a great base for ski season.

Aspen early season snow

First Snow in Aspen

Aspen Snow Report

Photos: Aspen Snowmass, Jeremy Swanson