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By Croix Christenson, Meteorologist Posted 2 months ago December 10, 2023

All About That Snowmaking

Summary

The main story for the next few days will be how many resorts can fire up the snowguns and for how long before warmer air arrives late next week. Sadly, no major snowstorms are expected for the next 5+ days though lake effect snow returns at times through Wednesday.

Update

Sunday, Dec. 10 to Sunday, Dec. 17:

North Shore Lake Superior

  • No significant snow is expected for the next 5+ days
  • Strong snowmaking push Sunday - Wednesday
  • Mild Thursday/Friday

Forecast snowmaking conditions at Lutsen which should allow for a solid opening day for Raptor Express later next week:

 

South Shore Lake Superior

I was peeking at webcams and Snowriver was grooming early this morning which means the hill should be in good shape with fresh snow incorporated into the groom!

The white light is a groomer working the hill at Snowriver:

Periods of lake effect snow continue Sunday to Wednesday, with the most snow likely from east of Marquette Mtn over to Searchmont. Here is a look at where the most snow will fall Sunday through Wednesday, with the darker blues showing the potential for 2-5"+, with a dusting to a couple of inches elsewhere:

Forecast snowmaking conditions at Mont Ripley:

Forecast snowmaking conditions at Snowriver which should allow for a solid opening day for Voyageur Express:

Twin Cities Region

  • No significant snow is expected for the next 5+ days
  • Strong snowmaking push Sunday - Thursday AM
  • Mild Thursday/Friday

Forecast snowmaking conditions at Wild Mtn:

Central and Southern Wisconsin

  • No significant snow is expected for the next 5+ days
  • Snowmaking push Sunday - Thursday AM
  • Mild Thursday/Friday

Forecast snowmaking conditions at Granite Peak:

Forecast snowmaking conditions at Cascade Mtn:

Northern Lower Michigan

  • No significant snowstorm is expected for the next 5+ days
  • Periods of lake effect snow from Sunday to Wednesday
    • Dusting to a couple of inches Sunday, with a few spots seeing over 2"
    • Dusting to a couple of inches Sunday night into Monday AM
  • Okay snowmaking push Sunday - Thursday AM

Forecast precip types from the HRRR for Sunday (snow showers/lake effect snow much of the day):

Southern Lower Michigan

  • No significant snowstorm is expected for the next 5+ days
  • Some light lake effect for the resorts in the western portion of the region
  • Periods of snowmaking Monday AM - Thursday

Forecast snowmaking conditions at Mt Brighton:

The next forecast, which will feature a peek at the second half of December, will be posted on Monday - thanks for reading! 

Announcements

atest Opening Dates by Region!

North Shore Lake Superior
Open: Giants Ridge, Lutsen, Mount Baldy, Spirit Mountain, Mont du Lac,
Loch Lomond

Closed: Chester Bowl, Bearskin

South Shore Lake Superior
Open: Marquette Mtn, Ski Brule, Searchmont, Snowriver

Closed: ABR, Whitecap, Ripley, Birkie, Powderhorn, Porkies, Bohemia, Pine Mtn

Twin Cities Region
Open: Afton Alps, Hyland Hills, Buck Hill, Andes Tower Hills, Wild Mtn, Trollhaugen, Powder Ridge, Welch Village, Christie

Closed: Coffee Mill, Mount Kato

Central and Southern Wisconsin
Open: Alpine Valley (WI), Sundown (Iowa), Little Switz, Cascade, Granite Peak, Devil's Head, Wilmot Mtn, Sunburst, Nordic Mtn, Chestnut (Illinois), Tyrol

Closed: Paul Bunyan, Mt La Crosse, Mountain Top

Northern Lower Michigan
Open: Crystal Mtn, Nub's Nob, Boyne Highlands, Boyne Mtn, Caberfae, Treetops, Shanty Crk

Opening Dates: Otsego - Dec 26

Southern Lower Michigan
Open: Mt Holly, Pine Knob, Bittersweet, Alpine Valley (MI), Mt Brighton

Closed: Cannonsburg, Timber Ridge, Swiss Valley

Road Conditions:

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About Our Forecaster

Croix Christenson

Meteorologist

Croix grew up in Saint Paul, Minnesota where he developed his passion for the outdoors and snow. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and received his BS and MS in Atmospheric Science. When not working, you will find Croix exploring his Duluth, Minnesota backyard by skiing, mountain biking, fishing, surfing, hiking with his dog Doppler, or just about any activity that gets him outside.

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