Pagosa Triathlon Weather

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The Pagosa Triathlon is a great spectator sport too!

We’re collaborating with the 2nd Annual Pagosa Triathlon organizers to provide weather support.

The Triathlon is going to be a lot of fun and is open to the public to watch. During the Pagosa Triathlon competitors will participate in a hot air ballooning competition, a skiing competition, and a rafting competition. For teams who are unable to do all three events, a fourth event can be substituted. An in-town scavenger hunt!

It begins, March 23rd, Thursday evening with a welcoming banquet. Friday morning the visiting pilots will fly media and sponsors to see Pagosa from a different perspective. Friday night a community glow will illuminate the night’s sky. There will be a balloon search-scavenger hunt for children as well as goodies. There will also be a Pagosa Springs Town Scavenger Hunt that businesses can participate in. The Triathlon Competition Day will be held Saturday with awards given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, as well as best cheater and best dressed. A final farewell Mass Ascension flight will be held on Sunday followed by the Awards Ceremony.

The Pagosa Triathlon Planning Weather

Mar 24th, Friday morning Mass ascension

Winds on the surface: calm to variable at 5mph, increasing out of the southwest to 10-15mph between 10 and 11am.

Winds at 10,000ft: west to northwest 10-20mph and strengthening through the day.

Clouds and visibility: Scattered to broken low clouds and patchy fog in low-lying areas.

Precip… Spotty showers are possible over the mountains.

Temps… 10 to 20

Mar 24th, Friday evening Balloon Glow

Winds on the surface: southwest 10-20mph

Clouds and visibility: Mostly Cloudy VFR

Precip… A snowshower is possible

Temps… 25 to 35


Mar 25th, Saturday morning Hot air balloon competition

Winds on the surface: *west-northwest 6-12mph*, increasing out of the southwest to 10-15mph between 10 and 11am.

Winds at 10,000ft: west to northwest 10-20mph and strengthening through the day. The jet stream is just to our south

Clouds and visibility: Scattered low clouds and good visibility

Precip… Spotty showers are possible over the mountains.

Temps… 10 to 20

Mar 25th, Saturday; Town scavenger hunt & River competition

Winds on the surface: southwest 10-20mph

Winds at 10,000ft: n/a

Clouds and visibility: Mostly cloudy with unrestricted visibility

Precip… Spotty snowshowers are possible

Temps… 32 to 37

River flow… Temps will remain well below average and should pause our run-off.

Mar 25th, Saturday afternoon at Wolf Creek Competition…

Winds: southwest 20-30mph

Clouds and visibility: Mostly cloudy with occasional poor visibility

Precip… Scattered snowshowers

Temps… 8-12 near the top and 12-20 near the base – wind chills down to -10


Mar 26th, Sunday morning Balloon farewell flight

Winds on the surface: calm to variable at 5mph, increasing out of the southwest to 10-15mph between 10 and 11am.

Winds at 10,000ft: southwest to west 15-25mph. Aloft: 140kt jet stream is just to our south and will slowly move north through the day.

Clouds and visibility: Concern is low clouds and patchy fog in low-lying areas

Precip… Spotty showers are possible over the mountains.

Temps… 8 to 15

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I grew up in Montana where my love of the mountains is rooted. I was in the Air Force, forecasting aviation weather, for 24 years. I had eight assignments and my favorites were Colorado, Alaska, Korea, and Germany. I deployed a number of times including to Iraq and Afghanistan. After RV traveling for nine years, we found paradise in Pagosa. Here we enjoy playing outside in the spectacular San Juan mountains!
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