Reported (February 18th, 2018)
Summit (6,817 ft./2,078 m)
Settled Base: 146"/371cm
Total to Date: 292"/742cm
Reported Temp: -6°F/-21°C
7 Day Snow: 36"/92cm
Current Conditions: Snow
Visibility/Wind: Low/NE at 17mph
Terrain StatusOpen Runs: 105
Terrain Parks: Open
Night Skiing: Yes
Lower Mountain (4,464 ft./1,361 m)
Village Settled: 64"/163cm
Total to Date: 128"/326cm
Reported Temp: 6°F/-14°C
Current Conditions: Snow
Deep thoughts by Keith*:
11:00 a.m. Update: The lower mountain is fully open with chairs 2, 3, 4, 6, 9, 10, and the magic carpet. The wind is gusting, but it is certainly bearable and the snow is great!
9:15 a.m. Update: Chair 3 is open!
9:00 a.m. Update: Chairs 2, 10, and 4 are now open!
7:45 a.m. Update: Due to heavy wind drifting (gusts up to 30mph) and cold temps (-28 wind chill), we will have delayed openings this morning and possible closures all day. Lift operations is hopeful that chairs 2, 3, 4, 6, 9, 10, and the Magic Carpet will open. Stay tuned for updates!
6:00 a.m. Report: We are in for a cold and stormy powder day!
The new snow is as light as can be and there is a ton of it up here. The wind has been blowing from the north all night and, if the drifts in the parking lot are any indicator, I suspect certain aspects will be pretty scoured while others might be waist deep. The groomers are doing their best to clean up drifts on the runs, but snow is still blowing around so be prepared for a few surprises here and there.
We can expect widespread blowing snow today with wind chill as low as -30. It's going to stay cold most of the week, but the wind should ease up by tomorrow morning and we might even see some sunshine for the holiday. The rewards will be plenty for those willing to brave the weather... bundle up and enjoy today's powder turns!
February 21: Dual GS Race League - Learn more here.
February 24: Fishbowl Slopestyle - Learn more here.
For Your Safety: Remember it’s your responsibility to KNOW THE CODE including observing all posted signs and warnings. It makes the mountain safer and more fun.
Tree Well and Deep Snow Safety: If you leave groomed trails, ski with a partner, keep each other in sight and regroup often. LEARN MORE ABOUT TREE WELL AND DEEP SNOW SAFETY.
Uphill Skiing Reminder: If you wish to ski or hike uphill it is your responsibility to know, understand and follow our UPHILL POLICY. For the protection of public safety, it is prohibited for any skier, hiker, or person otherwise, to be off the two approved routes or in closed areas.
Flathead Avalanche Center's current advisory.
*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 Open Lifts
Chair 3 - Tenderfoot (9:00am-4:00pm)
Chair 4 - Great Northern (9:00am-4:00pm)
Chair 6 - Base Lodge (9:00am-4:30pm)
Chair 9 - Easy Rider (9:00am-4:00pm)
Chair 10 - Bad Rock (9:30am-4:00pm)
Chair 12 - Elk Highlands (10:00am-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 10 - Bad Rock
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.