Snow Report

Reported on Jan 20th, 2017:


Summit (6,817ft/2,078m)

Overnight Snow: 0"/0cm
Settled Base: 73"/186cm
Total to Date: 172"/437cm
Temperature: 24°F /-4°C
24hr Snow: 0"/0cm
7 Day Snow: 5"/13cm
Current Conditions: Cloudy
Visibility/Wind: 3 Chairs - 5 SW
Open Runs: 101
Night Skiing: Fridays and Saturdays
Terrain Parks: Armory, Central Ave, The Depot, Magic Park

Lower Mountain (4,464ft/1,361m)

Recent Snowfall

(Summit 24hr, Past 5 Days, Measured in Inches)
Flathead Avalanche Center's current advisory.

Deep thoughts by Mike**:

9:45 a.m. update: It started to snow lightly this morning all over the mountain, but nothing has accumulated yet. Clouds are still hanging out on the summit. Visibility is about 3 chairs, starting at the bottom of Ptarmigan Bowl. Down below the cloud line it's clear all the way to Blacktail Mountain.

The groomers weren't kidding when they said the corduroy was better today. Even lower mountain is a lot softer than it was yesterday morning. Upper mountain is amazing, as well as all the runs on North Side and Flower Point.

If you're looking for off-groom skiing, I'd check out where others have skied yesterday. Below that thin crust layer was a few inches of creamy pow.

Start your weekend early. Also stick around for night skiing.

6 a.m. report: The atmospheric river event has made its way past us in northwest Montana, leaving a half foot of new snow on our summit. The mild temperatures gave us interesting conditions near the Village and Base Area yesterday, but everything on the upper mountain was a lot of fun, especially the groomers on the North Side. 

The good news is we have a fantastic grooming team, whom are still out there tonight getting the mountain ready. They're saying the corduroy is coming out better today on the lower mountain, and on top it's business as usual, which means creamy, smooth goodness in every direction. We're going to have 55 freshly groomed runs today, and they have hit almost everything on the North Side and Flower Point. 

Extended forecast looks very similar to what we've seen for most of January. Our next chance of snow is this weekend, where we'll pick up some leftover snow showers. Temperatures will trend back toward below average temps, and we should see partly sunny skies for early next week.

I think it's time for another round of snow dances and prayers to Ullr or whatever else we do in Whitefish to please the snow gods. The best thing we can do is ski, because we have the best snow pack in Montana. Come on up and enjoy Friday with us.


Groomer of the Day: Moose.

Events: Night skiing is tonight. Ski under the lights from 4 to 8:30 p.m. on chairs 2, 3 and 6. 

Tomorrow while you night ski, enjoy the blues, funk and reggae inspired tunes of the Brent Jameson Duo at the Ed and Mully's Grill from 4 to 7 p.m.

Sunday is the third round of the Tommy Moe Race League, the eight-week race series is great for kids 5-12 who are interested in getting started in ski racing of all kinds. 

Today's chairs: 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, the Magic Carpet and Elk Highlands are running. Last chair on Chair 1 will be 4pm. Last Chair on Flower Point is 3:15 and Chair 7 is 3:30. Last chair on Chair 6 is 4:30. These are normal closing times.

*Groomer of the Day is picked by the daily snow reporter based on conditions reported by the lead groomer that morning, as well as runs that are riding especially great. Some runs are picked because they're rarely groomed, others because they're fan favorites of our Whitefish Mountain Resort.*

Uphill Skiing Reminder: It is prohibited for any skier, hiker, or person otherwise, to approach within 100 feet of grooming machines, whether stationary or moving; or 50 feet of snowmaking equipment, to include but not limited to fan guns, high-pressure water lines, and high-voltage electrical cables, within the Whitefish Mountain Resort permit boundary. This Special Order is ALWAYS In Effect.


**This snow report is one person's subjective assessment of conditions at a single moment in time. The actual statistics of this report are input by 7am each day with various "story" updates throughout the morning. Always check with Ski Patrol if you need more information before you decide where you're going.

Today's Run Status

Show:   - All Runs | - Groomed | - Beginner | - Intermediate | - Advanced | - Expert

Chair 1 - Big Mountain Express

    1000 Turns
    Bench Run
    Big Ravine
    Cal's Country
    Don's Descent
    East Rim
    East Rim Face
    Easy Out
    Elephant's Graveyard
    Evan's Heaven
    Fault 2
    Fault 3
    First Creek
    Good Medicine
    Haskill Slide
    Lee's Way
    Middle Fork
    Moe Mentum
    Movie Land
    No Name
    North Bowl Face
    Over the Hill Gang
    Powder Bowl
    Ptarmigan Bowl
    Russ's Street
    Schmidt's Chute
    Toni Matt

Chair 2 - Swift Creek Express

    Ed's Run
    Home Again
    Mully's Moguls
    Nice Day
    Ranger Trail
    Swift Creek
    Wood Lot

Chair 3 - Tenderfoot

    Alpinglow Alley
    Central Avenue
    Hope Slope
    Ski Way
    The Depot

Chair 4 - Great Northern

    Friends of Langley
    Heep Steep
    Hogan's East
    Little Bavaria
    Powder Trap
    Three Stooges

Chair 5 - Glacier View

    Big Face
    Upper Langley

Chair 6 - Base Lodge

    Huckleberry Patch

Chair 7 - Big Creek Express

    Big Horn
    Black Bear
    George's Gorge
    Goat Haunt
    Gray Wolf

Chair 8 - Hellroaring

    Connie's Coulee
    Glory Hole
    Gray's Golf Course
    Hell Fire
    Highway to Heaven
    Picture Chutes
    Sling Shot
    The Back 9

Chair 9 - Easy Rider

    Lower Inspiration
    Over Easy
    Under Easy

Chair 10 - Bad Rock

    Bad Rock

Chair 11 - Flower Point

    Big Creek
    Hidden Meadow
    Inside Road
    North Fork
    One Grand Parade
    Outside Road
    Ridge Run

Bigfoot T-Bar 2

    Lodi Ridge
    Trapper's Trail
    Whiskey Spring

Big Easy Carpet

    Big Easy Carpet Area
    Magic Park

Today's Open Lifts

Chair 1 - Big Mountain Express (9:30am-4:00pm)
Chair 2 - Swift Creek Express (9:00am-4:00pm)
Chair 3 - Tenderfoot (9:00am-4:00pm)
Chair 6 - Base Lodge (9:00am-4:30pm)
Chair 7 - Big Creek Express (10:00am-3:30pm)
Chair 8 - Hellroaring (10:00am-4:00pm)
Chair 9 - Easy Rider (9:00am-4:00pm)
Chair 12 - Elk Highlands (10:00am-4:00pm)
Chair 11 - Flower Point (10:00am-3:15pm)
Big Easy Carpet (9:00am-4:00pm)

Treewell Safety

Skiing and snowboarding off the groomed runs and in deep powder snow is one of the most exciting and appealing parts of our sport. If you decide to leave the groomed trails, you are voluntarily accepting the risk of falling into tree wells or deep snow and suffocating.

A deep snow or tree well accident occurs when a rider or skier falls into an area of deep unconsolidated snow and becomes immobilized. The more the person struggles, the more entrapped in the snow they become. Deaths resulting from these kinds of accidents are referred to as a NARSID or Non-Avalanche Related Snow Immersion Death. Fortunately, these types of accidents are preventable.

Treewell Safety

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