Snow Report

Reported on Jan 19th, 2017:


Summit (6,817ft/2,078m)

Overnight Snow: 2"/6cm
Settled Base: 74"/188cm
Total to Date: 172"/437cm
Temperature: 24°F /-4°C
24hr Snow: 4"/11cm
7 Day Snow: 5"/13cm
Current Conditions: Snow
Visibility/Wind: 1 chair - 10-15 SW
Open Runs: 101
Night Skiing: Fridays and Saturdays
Terrain Parks: Armory, Central Ave, The Depot, Magic Park

Lower Mountain (4,464ft/1,361m)

Recent Snowfall

(Summit 24hr, Past 5 Days, Measured in Inches)
Flathead Avalanche Center's current advisory.

Deep thoughts by Mike**:

10 a.m. update: The groomers did a great job with some challenging temperatures yesterday. The runs on the North Side are smooth and creamy. Front Side groomers are great until about 2/3 the way down, where the temperatures thawed and froze. Down low they're stiff, but still nice and smooth.

Off-groom is variable depending on where you go. Good Med felt great until the thaw, freeze mark. North Side has a thin crust layer, but you can break through easily.

Visibility is still about 2-3 chairs near the summit, but the views into the Valley below the cloud layer are amazing.

9 a.m. update: The cloud line is low this morning. Visibility is about 2-3 chairs from Toni Matt to Ptamigan Bowl, then it drops to 1-2 chairs.

Temperatures are holding at where they were early this morning. It's about 32 degrees in the Village and 27 degrees at the summit.

The new snow is nice and feels creamy, but in certain places, especially on mid-mountain elevations, there's a crust layer. North Side and Flower Point are the places to be this morning.

6 a.m. report: Snow is still falling off and on up on the summit, but down in the Village the weather is calm. We received 5 inches of snow from this system so far, and forecasts are calling for more snow today. 

It snowed most of the day top to bottom yesterday, and by the early afternoon the whole mountain was riding great. With a couple inches of new snow overnight, I expect the skiing to be even better, especially on the upper slopes, as well as the North Side and Flower Point. It's still snowing at the bottom of Chair 7 as I'm writing.

Village temperatures have peaked just above freezing overnight, so expect soft groomed conditions and heavy new snow down here, but even just 500 feet up conditions improve a lot. The groomers are working on the North Side right now, and they say the corduroy is coming out perfect back there. 

Forecasts today are calling for another inch or so of new snow, and then we should be in line for more new snow this weekend. Temperatures should start to dip once again, but temps shouldn't drop as far as they had earlier this month.

Come on up and enjoy the new snow, 3000 acres of terrain and no lift lines. You can't ask for a better Thursday. 


Groomer of the Day: Silvertip 

Terrain Park Update: The first jump in the Armory is now open! Test your skills on the 50-footer under the Chair 3 lift. We've also got new features in the rail line of lower Central Avenue. 

Events: Wednesday Night Race League starts up this week for adults shredding Dual Giant Slalom and Ski Mountaineering.

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.

*Groomer of the Day is picked by the daily snow reporter based on conditions reported by the lead groomer that morning, as well as runs that are riding especially great. Some runs are picked because they're rarely groomed, others because they're fan favorites of our Whitefish Mountain Resort.*

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.


**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.

Today's Run Status

Show:   - All Runs | - Groomed | - Beginner | - Intermediate | - Advanced | - Expert

Chair 1 - Big Mountain Express

    1000 Turns
    Bench Run
    Big Ravine
    Cal's Country
    Don's Descent
    East Rim
    East Rim Face
    Easy Out
    Elephant's Graveyard
    Evan's Heaven
    Fault 2
    Fault 3
    First Creek
    Good Medicine
    Haskill Slide
    Lee's Way
    Middle Fork
    Moe Mentum
    Movie Land
    No Name
    North Bowl Face
    Over the Hill Gang
    Powder Bowl
    Ptarmigan Bowl
    Russ's Street
    Schmidt's Chute
    Toni Matt

Chair 2 - Swift Creek Express

    Ed's Run
    Home Again
    Mully's Moguls
    Nice Day
    Ranger Trail
    Swift Creek
    Wood Lot

Chair 3 - Tenderfoot

    Alpinglow Alley
    Central Avenue
    Hope Slope
    Ski Way
    The Depot

Chair 4 - Great Northern

    Friends of Langley
    Heep Steep
    Hogan's East
    Little Bavaria
    Powder Trap
    Three Stooges

Chair 5 - Glacier View

    Big Face
    Upper Langley

Chair 6 - Base Lodge

    Huckleberry Patch

Chair 7 - Big Creek Express

    Big Horn
    Black Bear
    George's Gorge
    Goat Haunt
    Gray Wolf

Chair 8 - Hellroaring

    Connie's Coulee
    Glory Hole
    Gray's Golf Course
    Hell Fire
    Highway to Heaven
    Picture Chutes
    Sling Shot
    The Back 9

Chair 9 - Easy Rider

    Lower Inspiration
    Over Easy
    Under Easy

Chair 10 - Bad Rock

    Bad Rock

Chair 11 - Flower Point

    Big Creek
    Hidden Meadow
    Inside Road
    North Fork
    One Grand Parade
    Outside Road
    Ridge Run

Bigfoot T-Bar 2

    Lodi Ridge
    Trapper's Trail
    Whiskey Spring

Big Easy Carpet

    Big Easy Carpet Area
    Magic Park

Today's Open Lifts

Chair 1 - Big Mountain Express (9:30am-4:00pm)
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)

Treewell Safety

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.

Treewell Safety

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