Reported (February 28th, 2020)
Summit (6,817 ft./2,078 m)
Settled Base: 131"/333cm
Total to Date: 238"/605cm
6am Temp: 25°F/-4°C
7 Day Snow: 16"/41cm
Current Conditions: Partly Cloudy
Visibility/Wind: Good/SW at 11mph
Terrain StatusOpen Runs: 100
Terrain Parks: 5
Night Skiing: Fridays and Saturdays
Lower Mountain (4,464 ft./1,361 m)
Village Settled: 44"/112cm
Total to Date: 103"/262cm
6am Temp: 32°F/0°C
Current Conditions: Partly Cloudy
Deep thoughts by Josh*:
-10:00 AM Update-
It is nice out! The temperatures are just right for some morning fun, with the corduroy laid down last night riding smooth and fun! The off piste snow has stayed light and playful, meaning there is something out there for everyone on this beautiful sunny day!
-6:00 AM Report-
After some fun powder skiing over the last few days, it looks like Mother Nature has some sunshine in store for us today! Currently the cloud layer is sitting right above the summit, making for good visibility across the mountain. Forecasts are calling for mostly sunny skies, so we expect those clouds to start burning off as the sun comes up! Temperatures are going to be warmer today, and winds will be relatively calm, making for a fun day of playing in the sun here on Big Mountain!
Take note! Today marks the start of our second to last weekend of night skiing! If you have to work today, you can still come and start your weekend early with Chairs 2, 3, and 6 open until 8:30 PM tonight and tomorrow, and enjoy live music from Brent Jameson at Ed & Mully's tomorrow night in between sunset laps!
Please note that Ed & Mully's will be closed all day Tuesday, March 3rd, for a private event.
Coming up tomorrow, Saturday, February 29th we have another afternoon Adult Ski Clinic! Take your skiing to the next level with this two-hour learning session for only $40! We’ll put you in a group with other adults with the same goals as yourself and match you to one of our professional instructors. We’ll even throw in a free drink ticket so you can toast to your new skills with your fellow classmates at the end of the day. We also have one more afternoon adult clinic coming up on March 21st. Give us a call at 406-862-2900 option 2 to register!
Our Demo Equipment Sale in addition to our current Spring Retail Sales make it the perfect time to get yourself into some good gear at a great discount! Sales start at 20% off at Base Lodge Traders, Snow Ghost Outfitters, and Village Rentals, as well as demo ski prices starting at $550 for this season’s ski equipment (with demo binding) at Village and Base Lodge Rentals. Check in early as stock is limited! No holds, first-come, first-served.
If you plan to head into the trees today be sure to ski or ride with a partner and check out our Tree Well and Deep Snow Safety tips.
Check back with this snow report throughout the day for the most up to date conditions.
Please respect in-bounds closures. Should conditions permit avalanche mitigation and/or snowmaking operations may be happening in locations around the mountain which will be roped off for safety. Remember it’s your responsibility to KNOW THE CODE including observing all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
- Dual GS Wednesday Night Race League - 02/26/20
- Adult Ski and Ride Clinic - 02/29/20
- Live Music from Brent Jameson [4pm-7pm] at Ed & Mully’s 02/29/20
For more information on these events, check out our Events Calendar.
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 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 (9:30am-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 11 - Flower Point
Chair 12 - Elk Highlands (note: this chairlift and its runs are for homeowners only & not counted in our total run list)
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.