Reported (January 20th, 2018)
Summit (6,817 ft./2,078 m)
Settled Base: 87"/221cm
Total to Date: 164"/417cm
7 Day Snow: 17"/44cm
Current Conditions: Snowing
Visibility/Wind: Low/SW at 3mph
Terrain StatusOpen Runs: 105
Terrain Parks: Open
Night Skiing: Fridays and Saturdays
Lower Mountain (4,464 ft./1,361 m)
Village Settled: 31"/79cm
Total to Date: 61"/155cm
Current Conditions: Snowing
Deep thoughts by Carl*:
2:00 p.m Update: Chairs 1, 5, 7, 8 and 11 will be closed for the rest of the day. We will continue running Chairs 4 and 10 until 4:00 p.m. and Chairs 2, 3 and 6 for night skiing until 8:30 p.m.
10:00 a.m. Update: There's fresh snow to be found everywhere out here today but the quality varies drastically within a few hundred feet of the summit. The fat fluffy flakes of 6:00 a.m. have turned to mixed snow with a freezing ice layer that coats your goggles within seconds. However if you ride with a scraper in hand, there are magical turns to be had!
6:00 a.m. Report: It's great to see snowy roads again! Makes me feel like it's still mid-January driving up here. It's been snowing all night and it's still dumping in the village enough to give us a few more inches on top of our already awesome overnight totals. Make sure to pull out your one-piece ski suit and your brightest neon this morning because today is RETRO SKI DAY! In the spirit of years past, we have some fantastic events lined up for this afternoon, check out the info below. Some of the new features in the park could be freshly raked and open by this afternoon, however, if it keeps snowing like it is currently, that may change. Also, join us tonight for night skiing under the lights until 8:30pm on chairs 2 & 3!
January 20th (TODAY): Retro Ski Day! At 11:00 a.m. we have the Retro Race on Nice Day, vintage equipment and outfits encouraged! At 12:30 p.m. we begin the inaugural “Hellroaring Ski Cabin Classic” ski mountaineering race which takes racers past the old Hellroaring Ski Cabin. 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. Finally, at 5:00 p.m we have the Marion Lacey dedication ceremony in the Base Lodge stairway landing with the family of Marion Lacey, historic Big Mountain photographer and promoter.
January 27th: Banked Slalom Race in George's Gorge! 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 2 - Swift Creek Express (9:00am-4:00pm)
Chair 3 - Tenderfoot (9:00am-4:00pm)
Chair 4 - Great Northern (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 10 - Bad Rock (9:30am-4:00pm)
Chair 11 - Flower Point (10:00am-3:15pm)
Bigfoot T-Bar 2 (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.
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.