Reported (January 18th, 2018)
Summit (6,817 ft./2,078 m)
Settled Base: 78"/199cm
Total to Date: 151"/384cm
7 Day Snow: 17"/44cm
Current Conditions: Snow Showers
Visibility/Wind: 3-Chair/SW at 22mph
Terrain StatusOpen Runs: 105
Terrain Parks: Open
Night Skiing: Fridays and Saturdays
Lower Mountain (4,464 ft./1,361 m)
Village Settled: 29"/74cm
Total to Date: 61"/155cm
Current Conditions: Cloudy
Visibility/Wind: Moderate/8 SEmph
Deep thoughts by Keith*:
10:00 a.m. Update: It's lightly snowing up top and there's a nice, creamy layer of new snow. The groomers are a blast this morning and the south wind seems to have deposited a little more snow on the backside. So far, the wind is only noticeable at the summit and is blowing steadily at about 11mph, with the occasional gust into the 20's. The village has been dry, but if precipitation does come it will likely be light and intermittent. Come get after it!
6:00 a.m. Report: Don't be scared off by the rain in town- it's snowing up here! The temperature is hovering right around freezing in the village and the snow is coming down hard at the summit. We are in for some interesting weather today with new snow accumulation of 1-3 inches, a bit of wind, and warmer temps. The high in the village could be 35 degrees, so be prepared for a wintery mix at lower elevations. It's a rare occurrence, but Whitefish does occasionally see wind and NOAA is calling for 15-20mph with gusts up to 30mph. Luckily, that will clear out tonight with another inch or two of snowfall Friday morning, transitioning to cloudy skies through the weekend with highs in the mid-20's.
In terrain park news, the 2nd St. jump line is now open and the Central Ave. railyard is undergoing a rebuild, so swing through and see what the park crew has in store for you.
Any day on Big Mountain is a good day, inclement weather and all. Grab your Goretex and I'll see you up here!
January 19th: Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Reception at the Ski Heritage Center. Learn more here.
January 20th: Retro Ski Day! Retro Race, inaugural “Hellroaring Ski Cabin Classic” ski mountaineering race. At 3 p.m. we will gather on the Base Lodge Patio to award the best vintage ski outfit and then head inside for the Hellroaring Story Swap, bringing together voices of the past and present to share stories about their favorite times on the mountain. Storytelling will commence at 4 p.m.
January 27th: Banked Slalom Race. Learn more here.
For Your Safety: Remember it’s your responsibility to KNOW THE CODE including observing all posted signs and warnings. It makes the mountain safer and more fun.
Tree Well and Deep Snow Safety: If you leave groomed trails, ski with a partner, keep each other in sight and regroup often. LEARN MORE ABOUT TREE WELL AND DEEP SNOW SAFETY.
Uphill Skiing Reminder: If you wish to ski or hike uphill it is your responsibility to know, understand and follow our UPHILL POLICY. For the protection of public safety, it is prohibited for any skier, hiker, or person otherwise, to be off the two approved routes or in closed areas.
Flathead Avalanche Center's current advisory.
*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 Open Lifts
Chair 2 - Swift Creek Express (9:00am-4:00pm)
Chair 3 - Tenderfoot (9:00am-4:00pm)
Chair 5 - East Rim (10:00 am-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 11 - Flower Point (10:00am-3:15pm)
Big Easy Carpet (9:00am-4:00pm)
Terrain Parks (9:00am-4:00pm)
*Chair 5 & Chair 8 may occasionally have delayed openings due to avalanche control work. This list reflects the lifts that are scheduled to open today. Openings and hours are subject to change due to changing weather conditions and the safety of our guests.
Chair 1 - Big Mountain Express
Chair 2 - Swift Creek Express
Chair 3 - Tenderfoot
Chair 4 - Great Northern
Chair 5 - East Rim
Chair 6 - Base Lodge
Chair 7 - Big Creek Express
Chair 8 - Hellroaring
Chair 9 - Easy Rider
Chair 10 - Bad Rock
Chair 11 - Flower Point
Bigfoot T-Bar 2
Big Easy Carpet
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.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO PREVENT TREE WELL & DEEP SNOW ACCIDENTS
1. Avoid Deep Snow & Tree Areas
2. Always Ski with a Partner and Keep Your Partner in Sight
3. Ski & Ride in Control and Defensively
4. Have a Plan to Survive
This abbreviated information is from http://www.deepsnowsafety.org. Please visit their website to learn more about tree well safety.