9:45 a.m. update: It started to snow lightly this morning all over the mountain, but nothing has accumulated yet. Clouds are still hanging out on the summit. Visibility is about 3 chairs, starting at the bottom of Ptarmigan Bowl. Down below the cloud line it's clear all the way to Blacktail Mountain.
The groomers weren't kidding when they said the corduroy was better today. Even lower mountain is a lot softer than it was yesterday morning. Upper mountain is amazing, as well as all the runs on North Side and Flower Point.
If you're looking for off-groom skiing, I'd check out where others have skied yesterday. Below that thin crust layer was a few inches of creamy pow.
Start your weekend early. Also stick around for night skiing.
6 a.m. report: The atmospheric river event has made its way past us in northwest Montana, leaving a half foot of new snow on our summit. The mild temperatures gave us interesting conditions near the Village and Base Area yesterday, but everything on the upper mountain was a lot of fun, especially the groomers on the North Side.
The good news is we have a fantastic grooming team, whom are still out there tonight getting the mountain ready. They're saying the corduroy is coming out better today on the lower mountain, and on top it's business as usual, which means creamy, smooth goodness in every direction. We're going to have 55 freshly groomed runs today, and they have hit almost everything on the North Side and Flower Point.
Extended forecast looks very similar to what we've seen for most of January. Our next chance of snow is this weekend, where we'll pick up some leftover snow showers. Temperatures will trend back toward below average temps, and we should see partly sunny skies for early next week.
I think it's time for another round of snow dances and prayers to Ullr or whatever else we do in Whitefish to please the snow gods. The best thing we can do is ski, because we have the best snow pack in Montana. Come on up and enjoy Friday with us.
Groomer of the Day: Moose.
Events: Night skiing is tonight. Ski under the lights from 4 to 8:30 p.m. on chairs 2, 3 and 6.
Tomorrow while you night ski, enjoy the blues, funk and reggae inspired tunes of the Brent Jameson Duo at the Ed and Mully's Grill from 4 to 7 p.m.
Sunday is the third round of the Tommy Moe Race League, the eight-week race series is great for kids 5-12 who are interested in getting started in ski racing of all kinds.
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.