Reported (March 24th, 2019)
Summit (6,817 ft./2,078 m)
Settled Base: 88"/224cm
Total to Date: 244"/620cm
6am Temp: 30°F/-1°C
7 Day Snow: 0"/0cm
Current Conditions: Partly Cloudy
Visibility/Wind: Good/NE at 8mph
Terrain StatusOpen Runs: 85
Terrain Parks: Depot Park, Central Ave Park, Central Ave Rail Yard, Goat Haunt Skier/Boardercross
Night Skiing: Closed for the season
Lower Mountain (4,464 ft./1,361 m)
Village Settled: 37"/94cm
Total to Date: 127"/323cm
6am Temp: 36°F/2°C
Current Conditions: Partly Cloudy
Deep thoughts by Eli*:
10:00 a.m. Update: The northeast wind makes the ride up Chair 1 a little chilly, but conditions are fair otherwise. It's warm enough that the firm groomers should soften soon, but we definitely won't be ankle-deep in slush today.
8:00 a.m. Update: Current conditions are breezy and partly cloudy without the threat of imminent precipitation. That could change at any moment, but for now it's a beautiful morning!
6:00 a.m. Report: The sky is clear and the moon is shining for the moment, but the forecast calls for cloudy skies today. We'll have a 20% chance of precipitation, especially before noon, and some winds out of the northeast on the menu.
With early morning temperatures of 36° in the village and 30° on the summit, I don't think conditions will change much: it will be a firm morning followed by fun conditions as the slopes soften. Have fun shredding out there!
Closures: Hellroaring Basin and Chair 8 will be closed for the remainder of the season due to the potential for wet slab avalanches and the imminent opening of grizzly habitat. All of East Rim, Evan's Heaven, Moose, Lee's Way, Lodi Peak hike-to, Haskill Slide, Movie Land, Cal's Country, and Over the Hill Gang are closed today due to the potential for wet slide avalanches. Please respect all trail closures.
Be aware that spring conditions exist. Check back with the snow report throughout the day for the most current information and conditions.
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 7 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 (9:00am-4:30pm)
Chair 7 - Big Creek Express (9:45am-3:30pm)
Chair 9 - Easy Rider (9:00am-4:00pm)
Chair 11 - Flower Point (10:00am-3:15pm)
Bigfoot T-Bar 2 (9:45am-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 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.