Settled Base: 97"/247cm
Total to Date: 260"/661cm
Temperature: 17°F /-8°C
7 Day Snow: 29"/74cm
Current Conditions: Partly Cloudy
Visibility/Wind: Good - 5-10 N
Village Settled: 40"/102cm
Total to Date: 136"/346cm
Current Conditions: Partly Cloudy
Visibility/Wind: Good - Calm
Recent Snowfall(Summit 24hr, Past 5 Days, Measured in Inches)
Deep thoughts by Mike*:
10 a.m. update: There's still a lot of great snow scattered all over the mountain. Off-groom skiing is still soft, and there are still powder stashes if you know where to look.
Visibility is also great this morning. The sun is streaking through the partly cloudy skies, giving us beautiful views today, while protecting the snow from the sunshine.
The groomers are buffed out to perfection. No matter where you turn, there are turns to be had.
6 a.m. Report: The last week has got the mountain back to its midwinter form. We received 22 inches over the last five days, and with the cold temperatures last night, we're in for another great day on the mountain. There's bound to be some powder pockets scattered around our 3,000 acres and fresh groomers just waiting to be carved.
It's great to see our mountain covered with a fresh coat of white from top to bottom again, and now the forecasts begin a transition we are happy to see. The winds and the next few storms should begin to arrive from the northwest, so we're in for some cooler temperatures as well as lighter snow when the next system arrives this weekend and early next week.
The grooming crew is as stoked as we are for all the new snow and cold temperatures. They freshened up 57 runs for us today, including the steeps like Ptarmigan Bowl, Heep Steep and the Chute. It's going to be one of those days you can choose either riding perfect corduroy or heading to the soft snow in the trees. So don't wait. Come on up and enjoy the clearing skies, smooth corduroy and left over powder.
Groomer of the Day*: Ptarmigan Bowl.
Events: Saturday is the second installment of the Fishbowl Slopestyle competition. Register today here. The event is $20 for the amateur class and $30 for the open division. $5 more if you wait to sign up the day of.
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.
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. Please read the Uphill Policy before you go.
*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.
Chair 1 - Big Mountain Express
Chair 2 - Swift Creek Express
Chair 3 - Tenderfoot
Chair 4 - Great Northern
Chair 5 - Glacier View
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 2T-Bar 2 is open weekends & holidays. When closed these runs are not patrolled and considered out-of-bounds.
Big Easy Carpet
Today's Open Lifts
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)
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
This abbreviated information is from http://www.deepsnowsafety.org. Please visit their website to learn more about tree well safety.