Snow Report

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

Overnight Snow: 0"/0cm
Settled Base: 78"/199cm
Total to Date: 151"/384cm
Temperature: 26°F/-3°C
24hr Snow: 0"/0cm
7 Day Snow: 17"/44cm
Current Conditions: Snow Showers
Visibility/Wind: 3-Chair/SW at 22mph
 

Terrain Status

Open Runs: 105
Terrain Parks: Open
Night Skiing: Fridays and Saturdays

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

24hr Snow: 0"/0cm
Village Settled: 29"/74cm
Total to Date: 61"/155cm
Temperature: 32°F/0°C
7 Day Snow: 9"/23cm
Current Conditions: Cloudy
Visibility/Wind: Moderate/8 SEmph
 

Deep thoughts by Keith*:

10:00 a.m. Update: It's lightly snowing up top and there's a nice, creamy layer of new snow. The groomers are a blast this morning and the south wind seems to have deposited a little more snow on the backside. So far, the wind is only noticeable at the summit and is blowing steadily at about 11mph, with the occasional gust into the 20's. The village has been dry, but if precipitation does come it will likely be light and intermittent. Come get after it!

6:00 a.m. Report: Don't be scared off by the rain in town- it's snowing up here! The temperature is hovering right around freezing in the village and the snow is coming down hard at the summit. We are in for some interesting weather today with new snow accumulation of 1-3 inches, a bit of wind, and warmer temps. The high in the village could be 35 degrees, so be prepared for a wintery mix at lower elevations. It's a rare occurrence, but Whitefish does occasionally see wind and NOAA is calling for 15-20mph with gusts up to 30mph. Luckily, that will clear out tonight with another inch or two of snowfall Friday morning, transitioning to cloudy skies through the weekend with highs in the mid-20's. 

In terrain park news, the 2nd St. jump line is now open and the Central Ave. railyard is undergoing a rebuild, so swing through and see what the park crew has in store for you. 

Any day on Big Mountain is a good day, inclement weather and all. Grab your Goretex and I'll see you up here!

Upcoming Events:

January 19th: Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Reception at the Ski Heritage Center. Learn more here. 

January 20th: Retro Ski Day! Retro Race, inaugural “Hellroaring Ski Cabin Classic” ski mountaineering race. At 3 p.m. we will gather on the Base Lodge Patio to award the best vintage ski outfit and then head inside for the Hellroaring Story Swap, bringing together voices of the past and present to share stories about their favorite times on the mountain. Storytelling will commence at 4 p.m.

January 27th: Banked Slalom Race. 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 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 (10:00 am-4:00pm)*
Chair 6 - Base Lodge (9:00am-4:30pm)
Chair 7 - Big Creek Express (10:00am-3:30pm)
Chair 8 - Hellroaring (10:00am-4:00pm)*
Chair 9 - Easy Rider (9:00am-4:00pm)
Chair 11 - Flower Point (10:00am-3:15pm)
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  
  Bench Run  
  Big Face  
 
  Big Ravine  
  Cal's Country  
  Chute  
 
  Corkscrew  
  Easy Out  
  Elephant's Graveyard  
 
  Elkweed  
  Expressway  
  Fault 2  
 
  Fault 3  
  Good Medicine  
  Haskill Slide  
 
  Headwall  
  Inspiration  
  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  
  Heaven  
  Hellroaring  
 
  Hibernation  
  Home Again  
  Interstate  
 
  Mully's  
  Mully's Moguls  
  Nice Day  
 
  Ranger Trail  
  Sandi's  
  Swift Creek  
 
  Wood Lot  

Chair 3 - Tenderfoot

  Alpinglow Alley  
  Central Avenue  
  Hailey's  
 
  Hope Slope  
  Ski Way  

Chair 4 - Great Northern

  Friends of Langley  
  Heep Steep  
  Hogan's  
 
  Hogan's East  
  Langley  
  Larch  
 
  Little Bavaria  
  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  
  Moose  
  N.B.C.  
 
  Whitey's  

Chair 6 - Base Lodge

  Barndance  
  Chipmunk  
  Huckleberry Patch  
 

Chair 7 - Big Creek Express

  Big Horn  
  Black Bear  
  Caribou  
 
  George's Gorge  
  Goat Haunt  
  Gray Wolf  
 
  Hollywood  
  Kodiak  
  Marmot  
 
  Silvertip  
  Stumptown  
  Whitetail  
 

Chair 8 - Hellroaring

  Connie's Coulee  
  Glory Hole  
  Gray's Golf Course  
 
  Hell Fire  
  Hwy to Heaven  
  Picture Chutes  
 
  Purgatory  
  Sling Shot  
  Teepee  
 
  The Back 9  

Chair 9 - Easy Rider

  Lower Inspiration  
  Over Easy  
  Under Easy  
 

Chair 10 - Bad Rock

  Bad Rock  

Chair 11 - Flower Point

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

Bigfoot T-Bar 2

  Lodi Ridge  
  Lynx  
  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  

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.

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.