Reported (October 29th, 2019)
Summit (6,817 ft./2,078 m)
Settled Base: 20"/51cm
Total to Date: 0"/0cm
6am Temp: 4°F/-16°C
7 Day Snow: 0"/0cm
Current Conditions: Praying for snow
Visibility/Wind: See webacam/NE at 11mph
Terrain StatusOpen Runs: 0
Terrain Parks: TBD
Night Skiing: Opens December 26
Lower Mountain (4,464 ft./1,361 m)
Village Settled: 2"/6cm
Total to Date: 0"/0cm
6am Temp: 22°F/-6°C
Current Conditions: Sunny and cold
Visibility/Wind: See webcam/0mph
Deep thoughts by Riley*:
October 29, 2019
Greetings Snow Worshippers!
If you are looking at this page in the fall of 2019 that means you are looking forward to another winter of fun on The Big and maybe, hoping for some juicy news that will satisfy your snowy cravings. I am pleased to tell you that I am here to help!
Our first storm came through about a month ago creaming our summit with snow and wind giving the town people a frosty sight from below (when the clouds parted). The white faded after week or so yet the storms have returned to the summit, this last blast in particular leaving a respectable settled base of 20 inches.
What’s better is that although the forecast calls for clear skies, the temps are right where we want them to make us some snow up yonder. As I write this our snowmaking crews are carrying out orders to make snow for the next three days around the clock while the sub-zero temperatures persist.
If you are chomping at the bit to get those turns, be sure to read and follow the Uphill Policy and remember to keep your distance from snowmaking equipment. Review the Uphill Policy here.
As if the snow, natural and supplemented, was not enough, I have more news. The SKI Magazine Resort Guide has hit the newsstands or has been delivered to mailboxes and we hope you are as excited as we are to know that we’ve climbed a few spots in the ranks. This year we are ranked #3—our best ranking ever!
Of course our long-time fans already knew how awesome we are, I guess a few more people agree. We earned this accolade with help from a lot of good people as SKI Magazine readers ranked us #1 for “Local Color” as well as #2 for “Value” and #4 for Service, Scenery, Charm, Après and Overall Satisfaction.
Snow plus validation that your favorite mountain is one of the best around.
Now keep up the snow dancing because we still have a ways to go until we open on Friday, December 6 and we want it to be a good one!
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 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.