Reported (March 16th, 2020)
Summit (6,817 ft./2,078 m)
Settled Base: 128"/326cm
Total to Date: 252"/641cm
6am Temp: -11°F/-24°C
7 Day Snow: 10"/26cm
Current Conditions: Mostly Clear
Visibility/Wind: Good/SW at 10mph
Terrain StatusOpen Runs: 105
Terrain Parks: 5
Night Skiing: Done for the Season
Lower Mountain (4,464 ft./1,361 m)
Village Settled: 36"/92cm
Total to Date: 104"/265cm
6am Temp: -3°F/-19°C
Current Conditions: Mostly Clear
Deep thoughts by Riley*:
Dear Fellow Skiers and Snowboarders,
It is with a heavy heart that we decided to close for the 2019/20 Winter Season. We came to the decision to close after careful thought and discussion in light of the rapidly changing circumstances surrounding COVID-19. Although there have not been any confirmed cases of COVID-19 at our resort, or in the Flathead Valley, we feel the need to do our part in limiting the spread of the coronavirus.
We are skiers and snowboarders, and it's a huge bummer for us too however, we feel at this time this is the best thing to do for the health of our employees, guests, and our community. It is particularly upsetting because we understand how important this recreation is to our mental health and well-being. For all of our guests currently at Whitefish Mountain Resort and those who have planned trips here this March and April, we sincerely apologize.
We know you have lots of questions, please refer to our FAQ PAGE for answers.
As you can imagine, we've been busy trying to answer phones, if you have concerns you can email us at email@example.com and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
For all uphill skiing enthusiasts:
The POST SEASON POLICY is now in effect: for 14 days after we close, from 8AM to 4PM use the EAST ROUTE ONLY. Is the only approved route for uphill and downhill traffic. There are no uphill or downhill route restrictions before 8AM and after 4PM.
For more details and a map please read the policy on the Uphill Policy page.
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 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.