Reported (January 17th, 2020)
Summit (6,817 ft./2,078 m)
Settled Base: 111"/282cm
Total to Date: 161"/409cm
6am Temp: 18°F/-8°C
7 Day Snow: 37"/94cm
Current Conditions: Partly Cloudy
Visibility/Wind: Moderate/SW at 4mph
Terrain StatusOpen Runs: 100
Terrain Parks: 4
Night Skiing: Fridays and Saturdays
Lower Mountain (4,464 ft./1,361 m)
Village Settled: 45"/115cm
Total to Date: 76"/194cm
6am Temp: 28°F/-2°C
Current Conditions: Partly Cloudy
Deep thoughts by Josh*:
-10:00 AM Update-
It's a good one out here folks! The clouds are staying high above us, and the sun is peaking through on occasion, lighting up beautiful views. The snow that fell last night got packed into tracks from the early week powder, leaving a very fine crust with buttery fun snow right underneath! It's shaping up to be a fantastic start to a fun weekend here at Whitefish Mountain Resort!
-6:00 AM Report-
The snow just keeps coming here at Big Mountain! Even after 2 day's with blue skies, last night's snowfall has brought our total for the last seven days back over 3 FEET! The wind has been pushing snow around through the night, so there will definitely be areas on the mountain riding deeper than others. With temperatures staying around 20 degrees, and a crisp cold wind, the new snow out there should be riding nice and light, just how we like it!
This Saturday is the first of three events in our Biggie Banks Series! Saturday's race will be a banked slalom consisting of a custom shovel built course full of banked turns using the terrain to provide the most fun course possible. There are only 24 spots left and they are going fast! Mandatory pre registration ends tonight at midnight. For all the details, and to register check out our Events Calendar!
If you plan to head into the trees today be sure to ski or ride with a partner and check out our Tree Well and Deep Snow Safety tips. Powder days are always better with friends to share it with!
Check back with this snow report throughout the day for the most up to date conditions.
Please respect in-bounds closures. Should conditions permit avalanche mitigation and/or snowmaking operations may be happening in locations around the mountain which will be roped off for safety. Remember it’s your responsibility to KNOW THE CODE including observing all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
-Biggie Banks Series- Banked Slalom: 01/18/20
-Live Music at Ed & Mully's- Brent Jameson: 01/18/20
-Tommy Moe Kids Race: 01/19/20
-Skimo Wednesday Night Race League: 01/22/20
-USSA Races: 01/24/20
For more details on events check out our Event Calendar!
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 (9:30am-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.