Reported (January 18th, 2019)
Summit (6,817 ft./2,078 m)
Settled Base: 66"/168cm
Total to Date: 130"/331cm
6am Temp: 21°F/-6°C
7 Day Snow: 4"/11cm
Current Conditions: Snowing
Visibility/Wind: Poor/SW at 2mph
Terrain StatusOpen Runs: 100
Terrain Parks: Depot Park, Central Ave Park, Central Ave Rail Yard, Goat Haunt Skier/Boardercross
Night Skiing: Friday and Saturday
Lower Mountain (4,464 ft./1,361 m)
Village Settled: 22"/56cm
Total to Date: 44"/112cm
6am Temp: 25°F/-4°C
Current Conditions: Snowing
Deep thoughts by Rhyan*:
10:15 a.m. Update: Snow continues to fall and visibility low. There's a tough crust beneath this new snow off groomed runs, be weary as you chase those fresh powder turns!
Chair 5 is open.
6:30 a.m. Report: Our Winter Weather Advisory continues through today and the snow's still coming down! I think we can all agree that it's so nice to see the powder return up here. Yesterday's high winds will have scoured some spots and left deep deposits in others. Temperatures and winds will be a bit more moderate than yesterday, however, it will still be a full on a storm day.
Chair 5 will run today after a delayed opening in the morning.
Roads will be slick on the way up the mountain. Take it slow, or consider taking free public transportation on the S.N.O.W. Bus! The Schedule can be found here.
Event: The Whitefish Banked Slalom goes down tomorrow! Come test your capabilities on the course set off of Goat Haunt in George's Gorge. Awards and live music follows at Ed & Mully's in the afternoon! There are separate categories for Skiers and Snowboards, and separate categories for men and women in the following divisions: Young Division (15 & Under) Kinda Young Division (Ages 16-34) and the Neil Young Division (Ages 35 and Over). Online pre-registration is required, that and more info can be found here.
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 7 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 (9:00am-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 (10:00am-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
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.