Reported (November 20th, 2019)
Summit (6,817 ft./2,078 m)
Settled Base: 20"/51cm
Total to Date: 0"/0cm
6am Temp: 4°F/-16°C
7 Day Snow: 0"/0cm
Current Conditions: Praying for snow
Visibility/Wind: See webacam/NE at 8mph
Terrain StatusOpen Runs: 0
Terrain Parks: TBD
Night Skiing: Opens December 26
Lower Mountain (4,464 ft./1,361 m)
Village Settled: 2"/6cm
Total to Date: 0"/0cm
6am Temp: 22°F/-6°C
Current Conditions: Sunny and cold
Visibility/Wind: See webcam/0mph
Deep thoughts by Riley*:
November 20, 2019
While the Flathead Valley endured a steady rain yesterday afternoon, our mountain gladly welcomed a storm that piled on a thick layer of heavy snow. It was an order we put in with Mother Nature every November and we are pleased it was delivered at this time. The mountain is looking good! While we still have a ways to go until Opening Day on December 6, this base layer is an excellent start.
In the last 24 hours, we received nearly 4 inches at the village level, and at the summit we received 9 inches creating a base depth of 31 inches! Today’s cold (as of 9 a.m. the temperature at the summit is 16 degrees) this snow isn’t going anywhere.
Still let’s keep up those snow dances! The next chance of snow is coming this weekend into early next week. We’ll keep you posted as we get more snow.
For those of you who wish to get in some early turns by skinning the mountain, be sure to review the Uphill Policy. Starting Friday, November 22, Pre-Season Regulations will be in place. Before you go, review the Uphill Policy here.
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 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.