Terrain StatusOpen Runs: 106
Terrain Parks: 3
Night Skiing: Fri/Sat
As reported on (January 19th, 2022)
Summit (6,817 ft./2,078 m)
Settled Base: 72"/183cm
Total to Date: 144"/366cm
6am Temp: 16°F/-9°C
7 Day Snow: 1"/3cm
Current Conditions: Partly Sunny
Visibility/Wind: Excellent/SW at 13mph
Lower Mountain (4,464 ft./1,361 m)
Village Settled: 23"/59cm
Total to Date: 82"/209cm
6am Temp: 19°F/-7°C
Current Conditions: Partly Sunny
Deep thoughts by Pat*:
10 a.m. update:
Groomed trails are skiing quick and consistent. The air is cold on exposed skin on the way down. It is 16 degrees up top with partly cloudy skies. Visibility is great. Now for the big question: Which run to ski next? Yewp yewp!
6 a.m. report:
Good morning! This is Pat reporting from a little place called Whitefish. We've been skiing this mountain since '47. Back then our ski reports were written on a piece of paper and taped next to the ticket window. Our mission remains the same, to ski the Fish!
Right now, we are seeing partly cloudy skies above the Big Mountain. It is 16 degrees up top with a 10 mph west wind. Forecast calls for partly sunny skies today and a high near 19 degrees. It's a nice January day to poke the bear and scratch your ski and snowboard itch.
Primary snow conditions are hard-packed and machine-groomed trails. Over 40 groomed trails criss-cross the mountain. You can take the winding roads down, or beeline the fall line. It is all downhill from here! We haven't seen much new snow this past week. We are thankful for carves, corduroy and connecting with this awesome winter mountainscape.
Our usual weekday chairs are scheduled to run. Please note each lift's unique operating hours. Be prepared for your day on the mountain. Ski safe and have fun!
- Know the code! The code is unchanged since at least the 1989-90 season. The guidelines still hold true.
- When skiing glades and trees, we always advise you to be with a buddy. Be aware of tree wells.
- Uphill travel: Whitefish Mountain Resort and the U.S. Forest Service have designated routes and time frames that must be followed for uphill travel. An uphill pass is required. See our uphill rules page for required routes.
- We operate a ski area within our stated boundaries and that is what ski patrol works to control. If you choose to go outside Whitefish Mountain Resort's boundary, you are doing so at your own risk. Ski patrol does not manage or mitigate the backcountry, and significant hazards exist. If you would like more information, please see Flathead Avalanche Center's current advisory.
*This snow report is one person's subjective assessment of conditions at a single moment in time. Actual snow accumulations can vary widely across the varied terrain of this mountain. Topographic features such as exposed faces, saddles, and sheltered areas, as well as wooded zones and even just the aspect of where the slope is facing will greatly affect how much snow settles there. Please also note that the statistics of this report are input by 6 a.m. 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 (9:45 am-4:00pm)*
Chair 6 - Base Lodge (8:45am-4:30pm)
Chair 7 - Big Creek Express (9:45am-3:30pm)
Chair 8 - Hellroaring (10:00am-4:00pm)*
Chair 9 - Easy Rider (9:00am-4:00pm)
Chair 11 - Flower Point (9:45am-3:15pm)
Chair 12 - Elk Highlands (9:00am-4:00pm)
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 11 - Flower Point
Chair 12 - Elk Highlands (note: this chairlift and its runs are for homeowners only & not counted in our total run list)
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.