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Terrain Status

Open Runs: 106
Terrain Parks: 3
Night Skiing: Fri/Sat

As reported on (January 19th, 2022)

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

Overnight Snow: 0"/0cm
Settled Base: 72"/183cm
Total to Date: 144"/366cm
6am Temp: 16°F/-9°C
24hr Snow: 0"/0cm
7 Day Snow: 1"/3cm
Current Conditions: Partly Sunny
Visibility/Wind: Excellent/SW at 13mph

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

24hr Snow: 0"/0cm
Village Settled: 23"/59cm
Total to Date: 82"/209cm
6am Temp: 19°F/-7°C
7 Day Snow: 0"/0cm
Current Conditions: Partly Sunny
Visibility/Wind: Good/3mph

Deep thoughts by Pat*:

10 a.m. update:

Groomed trails are skiing quick and consistent. The air is cold on exposed skin on the way down. It is 16 degrees up top with partly cloudy skies. Visibility is great. Now for the big question: Which run to ski next? Yewp yewp! 

6 a.m. report:

Good morning! This is Pat reporting from a little place called Whitefish. We've been skiing this mountain since '47. Back then our ski reports were written on a piece of paper and taped next to the ticket window. Our mission remains the same, to ski the Fish!

Right now, we are seeing partly cloudy skies above the Big Mountain. It is 16 degrees up top with a 10 mph west wind. Forecast calls for partly sunny skies today and a high near 19 degrees. It's a nice January day to poke the bear and scratch your ski and snowboard itch.

Primary snow conditions are hard-packed and machine-groomed trails. Over 40 groomed trails criss-cross the mountain. You can take the winding roads down, or beeline the fall line. It is all downhill from here! We haven't seen much new snow this past week. We are thankful for carves, corduroy and connecting with this awesome winter mountainscape. 

Our usual weekday chairs are scheduled to run. Please note each lift's unique operating hours. Be prepared for your day on the mountain. Ski safe and have fun!

Mountain Safety

  • Know the code! The code is unchanged since at least the 1989-90 season. The guidelines still hold true.
  • When skiing glades and trees, we always advise you to be with a buddy. Be aware of tree wells.
  • Uphill travel: Whitefish Mountain Resort and the U.S. Forest Service have designated routes and time frames that must be followed for uphill travel. An uphill pass is required. See our uphill rules page for required routes.
  • We operate a ski area within our stated boundaries and that is what ski patrol works to control. If you choose to go outside Whitefish Mountain Resort's boundary, you are doing so at your own risk. Ski patrol does not manage or mitigate the backcountry, and significant hazards exist. If you would like more information, please see 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 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 5 - East Rim (9:45 am-4:00pm)*
Chair 6 - Base Lodge (8:45am-4:30pm)
Chair 7 - Big Creek Express (9:45am-3:30pm)
Chair 8 - Hellroaring (10:00am-4:00pm)*
Chair 9 - Easy Rider (9:00am-4:00pm)
Chair 11 - Flower Point (9:45am-3:15pm)
Chair 12 - Elk Highlands (9:00am-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.

Today's Run Status

Chair 1 - Big Mountain Express

  1000 Turns  
  Bad Rock  
  Bench Runs  
  Big Face  
  Big Ravine  
  Cal's Country  
  Chappy Hour  
  Easy Out  
  Elephant's Graveyard  
  Fault 2  
  Fault 3  
  Good Medicine  
  Haskill Slide  
  Heep Steep  
  Little Bavaria  
  Middle Fork  
  Movie Land  
  No Name  
  North Bowl Face  
  Over the Hill Gang  
  Powder Bowl  
  Ptarmigan Bowl  
  Russ's Street  
  Schmidt's Chute  
  Toni Matt  
  Upper Langley  

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  

Chair 4 - Great Northern

  Friends of Langley  
  Hogan's East  
  Powder Trap  
  Three Stooges  

Chair 5 - East Rim

  Don's Descent  
  East Rim  
  East Rim Face  
  Evan's Heaven  
  First Creek  
  Lee's Way  
  Moe Mentum  

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

  Chet's Stache  
  Connie's Coulee  
  Glory Hole  
  Gray's Golf Course  
  Hell Fire  
  Hwy to Heaven  
  Lacy Lane  
  Pat's Ride  
  Picture Chutes  
  Short but Sweet  
  Sling Shot  
  The Back 9  
  Wing and a Prayer  

Chair 9 - Easy Rider

  Lower Inspiration  
  Over Easy  
  Under Easy  

Chair 11 - Flower Point

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

Chair 12 - Elk Highlands (note: this chairlift and its runs are for homeowners only & not counted in our total run list)

  Elk Highlands Loop  
  Glades Spur  
  Good Neighbors Spur  
  Northern Lights  
  Northern Lights West  
  Stoltz Knob Spur  
  Sunrise Aurora Spur  
  Sunrise Dawn Spur  
  Sunrise Headwall  
  Sunrise Ridge Outside Loop  

Bigfoot T-Bar 2

  Lodi Ridge  
  Trapper's Trail  
  Whiskey Spring  

Big Easy Carpet

  Big Easy Carpet Area  

Terrain Parks

  2nd Street Park  
  Central Avenue Park  
  Central Avenue Railyard  
  Depot Terrain Park  
  Goat Haunt Skier/Boardercross Course  
  Minnow Park  

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.


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 Please visit their website to learn more about tree well safety.