May 21, 2024
40.0" Snowpack (141% of Normal)
39° Snow Showers Likely and Breezy

Hydrologic Outlook
Until 2024-05-24T05:15:00-06:00 National Weather Service
ESFPUB This statement is primarily for areas below Turquoise Lake along Lake Fork Creek, downstream to the Arkansas River confluence within Lake County. This statement is valid from May 15 to June 30, 2024. The potential for elevated river levels and inundation of low-lying areas, due to increased releases from Sugar Loaf Dam, is higher than normal for areas along Lake Fork Creek in Lake County. ...OUTLOOK FOR THE NEXT 45 DAYS... In order to make room for anticipated inflows to Turquoise Lake from snowmelt runoff, and to prevent an uncontrolled spill from Sugar Loaf Dam, The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation will increase reservoir releases to 450 cfs beginning Wednesday May 15 and continuing through June 30, 2024. This release is expected to continue to inundate and cause damage to County Road 5 in Lake County. Local authorities and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation have been actively notifying those downstream of Sugar Loaf Dam of these anticipated impacts that could last through late June, and mitigation measures to help fortify County Road 5 and other areas are currently being made. At this time, no additional flooding or impacts are expected further downstream along Lake Fork Creek, or beyond its confluence with the Arkansas River. Please continue to heed all road closures and additional orders from local law enforcement and emergency management. ...ADDITIONAL INFORMATION... For the latest information on reservoir conditions and releases from Sugar Loaf Dam at Turquoise Lake, please contact Anna Perea, Public Affairs Specialist with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, at For the latest weather information and alert notifications for Lake County, visit our web site at For more hydrologic information including graphs of probabilistic river outlooks and forecasts, visit the National Water Prediction Service page at

No new snow to report today, with snowpack levels sitting at 40.0".

Weather today, snow showers likely, mainly after noon. some thunder is also possible. mostly cloudy, with a high near 39. breezy, with a west wind 17 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. chance of precipitation is 70%. new snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible. Up to 2" of more snowfall forecasted over the next 5 days.

Terrain Surface NA
Powder Score NA
Snowpack Percent Normal 141%
Max Recorded Snowpack 183"
Snowfall Past 24 Hours 0"
Snowfall Next 24 Hours 2"
Snowfall Next 5 Days 2.25"

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Snowpack Depth (Past 7 Days)
Data sourced from Buckskin Joe

Recent Air Temperatures

Snow Forecast

5 Day Snow Forecast

Weather into tomorrow, Sunny, with a high near 47. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 8 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Hourly Forecast

Seasonal Snow Comparison

Compare year over year snow water equivalency

Snowpack levels are currently 35% above average, with snowpack depth last observed at 40 inches.

Snowpack Density

Snowpack vs Snow Water Equivalent
Wet, heavy snowfall generally consists of atleast 12.5% water content or higher for every foot of snow. Lighter, drier snow might contain up to 1.0 inch of water for every foot of snow; up to 8.3% water.

Ski Area Summary

Ski Cooper

Ski Cooper ski resort, located in Colorado, offers 39 trails that cater to skiers of all levels, with the beginner-friendly Molly Hogan and Old Rope Tow being standout options. A lesser-known fact about the resort is that it was used for training by the 10th Mountain Division during World War II, and visitors can explore the nearby Camp Hale, where the soldiers trained. For après ski, the resort's lodge offers a cozy atmosphere with a fireplace and affordable drinks. However, for those looking for a more lively experience, the Leadville locals recommend Tennessee Pass Café, a rustic bar with live music, local beers, and delicious food. Overall, Ski Cooper offers a family-friendly and affordable ski experience with a unique historical background.

Terrain Overview

Ski Cooper ski resort in Colorado is situated in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. The resort is surrounded by several prominent mountain ranges, including the Sawatch Range, the Mosquito Range, and the Tenmile Range.

Some of the notable mountain aspects of Ski Cooper include:
1. Chicago Ridge - This ridge offers some of the best backcountry skiing in the area, with stunning views of the surrounding mountains.
2. Ski Cooper Bowl - This wide-open bowl provides excellent skiing opportunities for all levels of skiers and riders.
3. Cooper's Classic - This intermediate trail offers a scenic descent with beautiful views of the surrounding mountains.
4. Tennessee Creek Basin - This area is known for its challenging terrain and steep chutes, making it a popular choice for more advanced skiers and riders.

Overall, Ski Cooper offers a diverse range of mountain aspects and terrain for skiers and riders of all abilities to enjoy.


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