Reported (January 19th, 2020)
Summit (6,817 ft./2,078 m)
Settled Base: 110"/280cm
Total to Date: 164"/417cm
6am Temp: 20°F/-7°C
7 Day Snow: 25"/64cm
Current Conditions: Cloudy
Visibility/Wind: Poor/SW at 7mph
Terrain StatusOpen Runs: 105
Terrain Parks: 4
Night Skiing: Fridays and Saturdays
Lower Mountain (4,464 ft./1,361 m)
Village Settled: 44"/112cm
Total to Date: 77"/196cm
6am Temp: 25°F/-4°C
Current Conditions: Cloudy
Deep thoughts by Rhyan*:
-10:00 AM Update-
Mother Nature has delivered some thin crust pizza to add some spiciness to our morning! The freezing rain layer varies in strength and density, but is fairly manageable. Most groomed runs are still quite carvable, and some are nice and soft! We have good visibility on the lower mountain with bits of sun and blue sky trying to break through the cloud layer higher up.
-6:00 AM Report-
We've received a couple new inches of snow over the last 24 hours, with a very soft and thin crust on top. The forecast for today shows chance of snow in the morning with partly sunny skies and moderate winds. With this new snow, a plethora of groomed runs, and loads of terrain park features, there's something for everyone up here today!
Today is race number three in our Tommy Moe Kids Race Series! This is a perfect activity for kids ages 5-12 who want to try out low-key beginner level competitions. For details and registration for this event, check our event page!
The action continues this Wednesday night with our Skimo Race League! The league is a low key racing environment based more on having fun and less about glory. Sign up online beforehand to save on registration fees.
There will be a Worship Service today, 2:30 p.m. at the summit.
For more information and upcoming activities, check out our Events Calendar!
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.
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 10 - Bad Rock (9:00am-4:00pm)
Chair 11 - Flower Point (9:45am-3:15pm)
Chair 12 - Elk Highlands (9:30am-4:00pm)
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
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.