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JUNE 27, 2017

MOUNTAIN EVENTS

STEAMBOAT SUMMER OPENING: JUNE 30

Beginning June 30, the Coca-Cola Adventure Zone will be open in Gondola Square featuring the new Maverick Mini-Golf course, as well as new summer tubing and a new urban ropes course. The Adventure Zone will also have the Wild West Bounce House, Slingshot Bungee Trampoline and WaterWalkerz.…

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Joe Nicholls and NOAA Forecast for Monday, June 26, 2017

Joe Nicholls

A weak front is moving across northern Utah, and will make it to us this afternoon and evening. There are some showers and a thunderstorm over northern Utah, but the rain isn't reaching the ground (virga) and these are pretty scattered. I'll keep a chance this afternoon and evening, and again for a brief period tomorrow afternoon. A little cooler weather tomorrow through Friday, then warming Saturday through early next week with minimal to no thunderstorm activity. …

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6-26 News Clip

Colorado is home to 4 of the 15 best small vacation towns in the country

Colorado scored four towns in the U.S. News & World Report list, more than any other state

The Denver Post June 

If you think Colorado’s mountain towns make ideal weekend getaways, you’re in good company.

Four Colorado mountain towns made U.S. News & World Report’s list of the 15 Best Small Towns to visit in the USA. The magazine’s travel rankings are based on an…

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Joe Nicholls and NOAA Forecast for Monday, June 26, 2017

Joe Nicholls

The axis of the high pressure aloft is over Utah this morning, but will be weakening over the next 24 hours with a weak upper level system or two pushing this high pressure further south. I see brief periods tomorrow and Wednesday when the air mass is unstable enough to support a thunderstorm, but honestly, the air mass is lacking some moisture to work with and we'll be cooling off through mid to late in the week. Right now, at best, only a couple of isolated…

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Joe Nicholls and NOAA Forecast for Friday, June 23, 2017

Joe Nicholls

We saw a little activity early yesterday afternoon, but most of it shifted down toward I-70 by mid to late afternoon. A cooler, drier air mass is over us this morning and we should have a couple of nice weather days. We'll be warming up through Monday and Tuesday, then a weak front will move across us Tuesday and early Wednesday bringing a slight chance of a thunderstorm. The next couple of days look awesome!

NOAA - Steamboat Springs

Today - Sunny, with a…

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Joe Nicholls and NOAA Forecast for Thursday, June 22, 2017

Joe Nicholls

It was a fairly active day in the region yesterday, not a lot of precipitation reports, but a couple and there were thunderstorms. The air mass is unstable enough for a chance of a thunderstorm, but looking more isolated today. Definitely a more stable air mass tomorrow through the weekend, so it's looking nice and it'll be cooler than the last couple of days.



NOAA - Steamboat Springs

Today - Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. Light west wind increasing…

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Joe Nicholls and NOAA Forecast for Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The first full day of summer!

Joe Nicholls

The air mass remains quite warm, but the air mass is fairly unstable. So, like yesterday, we'll see the heating help generate some thunderstorms this afternoon and evening. A little less activity tomorrow, then a drier more stable air mass will follow a cool front and this should result in nice weather through the coming weekend.

There is a low chance of thunderstorms from Noon to 8 pm.



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Joe Nicholls and NOAA Forecast for Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Joe Nicholls

There is low chance of thunderstorms from 4 pm to Midnight.

A warm air mass will be over us for the next couple of days, but I also see an increase in moisture and a less stable air mass. There are a couple of showers and thunderstorms into northern Utah this morning, and as we heat up later this afternoon and evening, we'll see a couple of thunderstorms into our area. Now, not widespread enough to change plans, but enough of a chance to keep aware that a couple…

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6-19 News Clip

Colorado ski resorts report second busiest season ever in 2016-17

Total visits just shy of 2015-16 record of 13 million



Jason Blevins - The Denver Post

Colorado ski resorts logged close to 13 million skier visits last season in what the industry is calling the second-busiest ski season ever.

Colorado Ski Country on Thursday announced its 22-member resorts counted 7.3 million skier visits in 2016-17, down slightly from the high of 7.4…

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Joe Nicholls and NOAA Forecast for Monday, June 19, 2017

Joe Nicholls

We'll have another nice weather day at the resort, but as the heat builds over the West, we'll see a scattering of afternoon and evening thunderstorms tomorrow through Thursday. A drier, cooler air mass will move into the area Friday through the weekend, as a system moves across the northern Rockies.

NOAA - Steamboat Springs

Summer Arrives at 10:24 pm on Tuesday, June 20th!

Temperatures will warm significantly this week with the lower valleys of…

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Joe Nicholls and NOAA Forecast for Pay Day Friday, June 17, 2017

Joe Nicholls

The air mass remains dry, but with a little instability to the air mass this afternoon and evening, could see an isolated thunderstorm and the same with tomorrow. A hotter air mass moves into the area next week, and could see a little increase in the chance of a brief afternoon or early evening thunderstorm.

NOAA - Steamboat Springs

Today - Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. Light south southwest wind becoming west 10 to 15 mph in the morning.

Tonight…

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6-15 News Clips

Aspen skier visits down slightly for 2016-17 season after slow start

Ski Country visits down 2.5 percent from record 2015-16 season

Scott Condon - The Aspen Times

Colorado's ski industry — including the Aspen Skiing Co. — took a slight hit from the slow start to the season but still managed strong business numbers.

Aspen Skiing Co.'s skier and snowboarder visits were down "less than 1 percent" compared to the 2015-16 season, spokesman Jeff Hanle…

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Joe Nicholls and NOAA Forecast for Thursday, June 15, 2017

Joe Nicholls

The satellite images show the main flow into the Pacific Northwest with a system clipping us on Saturday bringing a slight chance of an isolated thunderstorm. We heat up next week, but with the heat will come the chance of a couple of afternoon and evening thunderstorms. Nothing widespread, just a brief period when there could be a thunderstorm develop.



NOAA - Steamboat Springs

Today - Increasing clouds, with a high near 76. Light and variable wind…

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Joe Nicholls and NOAA Forecast for Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Joe Nicholls

Looking like a couple reports of some showers across the upper elevations, but not much down lower. The low pressure has moved into North Dakota and up into Manitoba, and we're left with a couple of awesome weather days!! The jet stream or main flow will be across the Pacific Northwest and into the northern Rockies through the end of the week and into the weekend with the tail end of a system clipping us Saturday with a slight chance of a brief shower or thunderstorm.…

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Joe Nicholls and NOAA Forecast for Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Joe Nicholls

A much cooler air mass is over the area this morning, and the low pressure moving northeastward across western Wyoming and up into Montana. I kept a slight chance of a shower in the forecast, but I'm not expecting much, at all. A drier air mass and warmer over the next couple of days. Another system will clip the area later Friday and Saturday with the lifted index dropping to -2, so a very slight chance of an isolated thunderstorm, and then Sunday into early next week is…

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Joe Nicholls and NOAA Forecast for Monday, June 12, 2017

Joe Nicholls

The low pressure is centered southwest of Ely, Nevada early this morning, and the projected path takes it northeastward across northern Utah, west central Wyoming and then up into eastern Montana. The models keep us in the drier wedge of air, but can't rule out an isolated thunderstorm this afternoon, and a chance of a couple of showers tomorrow. We will see breezy winds both today and tomorrow with speeds from mid resort to the top in the 25 to 35 mph range from the…

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Joe Nicholls and NOAA Forecast for Friday, June 9, 2017

Joe Nicholls

A dry, stable air mass over us for the next couple of days with an unusually strong low pressure moving into the West. We'll see some breezy winds, especially during the afternoon hours and it's warm over the next couple of days. As the low pressure moves northeastward toward Montana, it'll bring some cooler air into the area, but the models keep us dry through early next week.

NOAA - Steamboat Springs

Today - Sunny, with a high near 83. Southwest wind 5 to…

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Joe Nicholls and NOAA Forecast for Thursday, June 8, 2017

Joe Nicholls

The air mass mass is drier and more stable over the next couple of days! Low pressure moving into the Pacific Northwest is resulting in more of a southwest flow of air and ushering a drier, more stable air mass. The low pressure will push eastward bringing a cooler air mass early next week with a slight chance of. a shower or thunderstorm on Monday.



NOAA - Storm Peak Observatory

Today - Sunny, with a high near 82. South southeast wind 5 to 10 mph…

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Joe Nicholls and NOAA Forecast for Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Joe Nicholls

Projecting a -4 lifted index this afternoon, so I'm expecting another fairly active day with showers and thunderstorms. Low pressure is approaching the West Coast, and this will push a drier and more stable air mass into our area tomorrow and into the weekend. This low pressure will make it into our area Monday through Wednesday with a much cooler air mass and a chance of showers.

Joe is calling for a Low chance of thunderstorms from Noon to 4 pm and a Moderate…

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6-6 News Clips

Aspen Skiing Co., Vail adds voices to ‘We Are Still In’ on climate action

Scott Condon - The Aspen Times

Aspen Skiing Co. joined business heavyweights such as Nike, Google, Apple and Campbell Soup Co. on Monday in signing an open letter declaring they will continue to support climate action to meet the Paris Agreement despite President's Trump pullout last week.

Skico joined the "We Are Still In" movement to make a statement that "we're going to push…

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