Settled Base: 128"/326cm
Total to Date: 392"/996cm
Temperature: 31°F /-1°C
7 Day Snow: 11"/28cm
Current Conditions: Light Snow
Visibility/Wind: 2-3 chairs - 5-10 SW
Village Settled: 35"/89cm
Total to Date: 182"/463cm
Current Conditions: Cloudy
Visibility/Wind: Good - Calm
Recent Snowfall(Summit 24hr, Past 5 Days, Measured in Inches)
Deep thoughts by Mike*:
10 a.m. update: The new snow is making this mountain riding great this morning. The North Side is soft and a lot of fun to ride even off-groom. I'm going to check out the Front Side off-groom next. I'm thinking Evan's Heaven and First Creek are ready to go after this new snow.
All the groomers have a nice layer of creamy snow, so even lower mountain groomers where there were a few irregularities are now soft and covered up.
Visibility is still good on the summit, except for heavy snow at times.
The weather station is reporting two new inches of snow on the summit, and the temperature has risen to 27 degrees.
8 a.m. update: Snow is starting to fall in the Village. There's already a dusting on all the cars in the parking lot.
Temperatures are still holding where they were at 6 a.m. It's 25 at the summit and just below freezing down in the Village.
The National Weather Service updated its forecast for today, slightly dropping the snow amount, but the temperature outlook looks much better for us today.
6 a.m. report: We received another 3 inches over the last 24 hours, and it's supposed to snow all day today. Temperatures yesterday stayed below freezing for most of the mountain, so skiing conditions should start out great this morning and keep improving as the day goes on.
This next storm front is heading east from Washington this morning, and we should start seeing our first flakes before Chair 1 starts turning. Temperatures today will be the key, let's hope the temperatures stay low like they did yesterday for us.
The grooming crew says the corduroy is coming out great this morning on the upper mountain, as well as on the North Side and Flower Point. Lower mountain struggled to get below freezing last night, so there will be some grooming irregularities at the bottom of chairs 1 and 2.
This week is your last chance to ski the Hellroaring Basin, so if you're waiting for the right day to head into West Bowl, today's the day. Snow's in the forecast!
Grab your skis. It's hump day!
Groomer of the Day*: Silvertip
Today's Chairs: 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 11, and the Magic Carpet 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.
Events: The Dummy Derby and SNOW Bus Brew Fest arrives this weekend. If you haven't started building your dummies, better start now. Saturday will be here before you know it. Tickets for brewfest are $20 if you buy now. $25 at the door. $20 is nothing to support the bus that gets us up here every day and night, as well as all summer long.
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 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.