2002/2003 Ski Area Snowfall Log

for the Silver Valley

I moved to Wallace in January 1993 because it was a charming village halfway between TWO ski areas, a dozen miles in either direction on Interstate 90 in northern Idaho's Silver Valley. This page will log the snowfall statistics for both Silver Mountain, a gondola ride away from Kellogg, and Lookout Pass, at the Montana border. Click on the animated color bars to move between the top and bottom of the data.
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Silver Mountain
The Lodge, elevation 5650 feet, is at "Mid Mountain," while Kellogg Peak, top of Chair 2, has an elevation of 6200 feet. See trailmap for orientation.
CLOSED FOR SEASON
on April 13.
Lookout Pass
The Lodge is at base of Runt Mountain. The chair runs from an elevation of 4800 feet to the top of Runt at 5650 feet. See trailmap for orientation.
CLOSED FOR SEASON
on April 6.
101 Days Open as of April 13, 2003 69
The early morning temperatures listed below were recorded at the Silver Mountain Lodge (~ 5AM) and/or at the Lookout Pass Lodge (5-7AM).
  • (10:00) means that the ski area did not announce their closure on the internet until 10 AM, for example. Lack of notation means wind closure was announced at 5 AM.
  • (???) means that the ski area did not update their "official" internet snow report by 10:53 AM. When noticed, information was obtained by an afternoon phone call. Otherwise, old numbers are red.
  • n/r means ski area did not report mid-mountain snow depth.
Date 24 hr
New
at
Lodge
at
Summit
temp
°F
Date 24 hr
New
at
Lodge
at
Summit
Friday
Dec 20
none 15" 23" 23°
Saturday
Dec 21
none 15" 23" 19° / 24° Saturday
Dec 21
none 12" 28"
Sunday
Dec 22
trace 15" 23" 20° / 24° Sunday
Dec 22
trace 12" 28"
Monday
Dec 23
trace 15" 23" 18° / 23° Monday
Dec 23
1" 12" 28"
Tuesday
Dec 24
none 15" 23" 19° / 20° Tuesday
Dec 24
1" 12" 28"
Christmas
Dec 25
none 15" 23" 19° / 22° Christmas
Dec 25
none 12" 28"
Wind Closure
Dec 26
(10:00)
trace 15" 23" 20° / 24° Thursday
Dec 26
3" 15" 31"
Wind Closure
Dec 27
8" 20" 31" 22° / 29° Friday
Dec 27
10" 24" 42"
Saturday
Dec 28
4" 18" 31" 22° / 26° Saturday
Dec 28
2" 24" 43"
Sunday
Dec 29
5" 24" 36" 30° / 31° Sunday
Dec 29
9" 29" 52"
Monday
Dec 30
4" 25" 40" 17° / 22° Monday
Dec 30
3" 29" 53"
Tuesday
Dec 31
(???)
5" 28" 43" 28° / 32° Tuesday
Dec 31
9" 38" 62"
New Year
Jan 1
2" 30" 44" 22° / 25° New Year
Jan 1
2" 40" 63"
Wind Closure
Jan 2
(8:34)
2" 31" 43" 30° / 32° Thursday
Jan 2
6" 44" 68"
Wind Closure
Jan 3
5" 33" 44" 30° / 32° Friday
Jan 3
3-6" 46" 72"
Saturday
Jan 4
trace 30" 48" 35° / 28° Saturday
Jan 4
trace 46" 72"
Sunday
Jan 5
2" 28" 51" 27° / 31° Sunday
Jan 5
1-3" 48" 75"
new snow was groomed to make icy "New England" corduroy... very noisy, yet fun (10 runs by 11AM)
Monday
Jan 6
(???)
2" 28" 51" 27° /
Tuesday
Jan 7
none 28" 51" 40° /
Wednesday
Jan 8
none 28" 51" 33° /
Thursday
Jan 9
none 28" 50" 18° / 20° Thursday
Jan 9
none 48" 75"
Friday
Jan 10
none 28" 50" 22° / 19° Friday
Jan 10
none 48" 75"
Saturday
Jan 11
(???)
none 28" 50" 22° / 28° Saturday
Jan 11
none 48" 75"
Sunday
Jan 12
(???)
none 28" 50" 22° / 29° Sunday
Jan 12
2" 48" 75"
new snow on top of firmly packed base made for fast runs in the fog (11 runs by 11AM)
Monday
Jan 13
4" 30" 50" 30° /
Tuesday
Jan 14
none 30" 50" 33° /
Wednesday
Jan 15
1" 31" 50" 27° /
Thursday
Jan 16
none 31" 50" 26° / 25° Thursday
Jan 16
none 50" 82"
Friday
Jan 17
none 31" 50" 25° / 26° Friday
Jan 17
none 50" 82"
Saturday
Jan 18
none 31" 50" 27° / 23° Saturday
Jan 18
none 50" 82"
Sunday
Jan 19
none 31" 50" 28° / 27° Sunday
Jan 19
none 50" 82"
popular Big Air contest caused lift lines, but occasional sun made the well packed powder fun (12 runs by noon)
MLK Day
Jan 20
none 31" 50" 28° / 27° MLK Day
Jan 20
none 50" 82"
Tuesday
Jan 21
none 31" 50" 25° /
Wednesday
Jan 22
3" 33" 52" 24° /
Thursday
Jan 23
5" 35" 54" 30° / 29° Thursday
Jan 23
6" 54" 93"
six inches plus five the day before made for tricky "cream of wheat" powder; took a tumble on first powder run, lost glasses, still had fun (10 runs)
Friday
Jan 24
none 35" 54" 26° / 28° Friday
Jan 24
trace 54" 93"
Saturday
Jan 25
2" 36" 54" 33° / 33° Saturday
Jan 25
1-2" 54" 93"
Wind Closure
Jan 26
none 34" 52" 35° / 38° Sunday
Jan 26
none 54" 93"
rain in parking lot at 8:30 sent us home
Wind Closure
Jan 27
none 32" 52" 33° /
Tuesday
Jan 28
" 24" 44" 27° /
Wednesday
Jan 29
none 24" 44" 26° /
Thursday
Jan 30
5" 28" 53" 29° / 31° Thursday
Jan 30
8" 50" 91"
Friday
Jan 31
none 28" 53" 37° / 37° Friday
Jan 31
2" 50" 91"
Saturday
Feb 1
1" n/r 54" 29° / 30° Saturday
Feb 1
2" 48" 89"
Sunday
Feb 2
2" n/r 54" 25° / 29° Sunday
Feb 2
trace 48" 89"
interesting mix of fog and sunshine, well groomed hard pack, and no lift lines made it a fast, fun morning (11 by 11)
Monday
Feb 3
5" n/r 58" 24° /
Tuesday
Feb 4
trace n/r 56" 21° /
Wednesday
Feb 5
(???)
trace n/r 56" 21° /
Thursday
Feb 6
none n/r 56" 19° / 20° Thursday
Feb 6
none 54" 95"
bright blue sky, 0-6 inches of (3 day old) dry powder on perfect corduroy, and no lift lines made for a joyous morning (12 runs by 11:15)
Friday
Feb 7
none n/r 56" 17° / 17° Friday
Feb 7
none 54" 95"
Saturday
Feb 8
none n/r 56" 20° / 20° Saturday
Feb 8
none 54" 95"
Sunday
Feb 9
(???)
- - - - / 23° Sunday
Feb 9
none 54" 95"
cloudy but calm weather, velvet corduroy, big race event under the lift, yet no real lift line (11 by 11)
Monday
Feb 10
none n/r 55" 21° /
Tuesday
Feb 11
none n/r 54" 22° /
Wednesday
Feb 12
none n/r 54" 27° /
Thursday
Feb 13
none n/r 54" 36° ? / 25° Thursday
Feb 13
none 52" 93"
Friday
Feb 14
" n/r 54" 28° / 28° Friday
Feb 14
2" 52" 93"
Saturday
Feb 15
1" n/r 55" 34° / 29° Saturday
Feb 15
1" 52" 93"
Sunday
Feb 16
1" n/r 56" 31° / 30° Sunday
Feb 16
1-3" 52" 94"
light to moderate snowfall made visibility tricky, layer of fresh wet snow on well groomed surface, no lift line (11 by 11)
Presidents Day
Feb 17
8" n/r 64" 24° / 23° Presidents Day
Feb 17
6" 55" 98"
Tuesday
Feb 18
7" n/r 71" 22° /
Wednesday
Feb 19
1" n/r 71" 23° /
Thursday
Feb 20
trace n/r 71" 25° / 28° Thursday
Feb 20
1" 57" 101"
continuing snowfall on top of 15" powder dump (Sun-Tue) on top of groomed packed powder made it an exhilarating, but exhausting morning; tree skiing is finally good! (11 by 11:15)
Friday
Feb 21
6" n/r 78" 27° / 28° Friday
Feb 21
7" 60" 104"
Saturday
Feb 22
6" n/r 84" 22° / 27° Saturday
Feb 22
10" 65" 110"
Sunday
Feb 23
none n/r 84" / Sunday
Feb 23
trace 65" 110"
crystal clear skies, squeaky corduroy runs and deep powder in the trees... but COLD! (8 was enough)
Monday
Feb 24
none n/r 81" /
Tuesday
Feb 25
none n/r 80" /
Wednesday
Feb 26
none n/r 80" 18° /
Thursday
Feb 27
none n/r 80" 16° / 20° Thursday
Feb 27
none 65" 110"
overcast with light snow & some sun, perfect grooming, no lines, 11 runs by 11
Friday
Feb 28
trace n/r 78" 17° / 20° Friday
Feb 28
trace 65" 110"
Saturday
Mar 1
2" n/r 80" 18° / Saturday
Mar 1
2" 65" 110"
Sunday
Mar 2
(???)
- - - - / 25° Sunday
Mar 2
none 65" 110"
Monday
Mar 3
4" 64" 82" 22° /
Tuesday
Mar 4
2" 65" 83" 16° /
Wednesday
Mar 5
1" 66" 84" 20° /
Wind Closure
Mar 6
6" 66" 84" 16° / 27° Thursday
Mar 6
13" 78" 116"
EPIC POWDER DAY, 18" since Sunday, snow/groppled all day, KNEE DEEP, untracked dry powder thru steep trees in slow motion, 26 runs (4.2 vertical mi) with NO falls!
Friday
Mar 7
2" 70" 90" 20° / 26° Friday
Mar 7
10" 82" 123"
Saturday
Mar 8
7" 76" 97" 17° / 24° Saturday
Mar 8
6" 84" 126"
Sunday
Mar 9
3" 78" 100" 29° / 28° Sunday
Mar 9
7" 87" 130"
2 feet since Thurs but packed to half foot fluff in most parts -- unlike Thurs, you could feel a surface underneath, wet snowfall, 11 by 11
Monday
Mar 10
4" n/r 103" 32° /
Wind Closure
Mar 11
2" n/r 104" 28° /
Wednesday
Mar 12
5" n/r 106" 29° /
Thursday
Mar 13
none n/r 105" 40° / 45° Thursday
Mar 13
none 85" 129"
Friday
Mar 14
none n/r 102" 38° / 37° Friday
Mar 14
none 80" 123"
Saturday
Mar 15
2" n/r 101" 30° / 31° Saturday
Mar 15
1-2" 79" 122"
Sunday
Mar 16
2" 64" 100" 28° / 32° Sunday
Mar 16
2" 72" 116"
patches of fog, glimpses of sun, snow like vanilla fudge, firm yet pushable, very FAST... except in trees, 12 runs by 11
Monday
Mar 17
none 62" 97" 26° /
Tuesday
Mar 18
none 60" 94" 24° /
Wednesday
Mar 19
none 60" 94" 30° /
Thursday
Mar 20
none 58" 92" 30° / 29° Thursday
Mar 20
none 60" 104"
well groomed and very FAST corduroy, overcast turned into wet snowfall, made just 7 runs
Friday
Mar 21
2" 62" 94" 26° / 30° Friday
Mar 21
1" 60" 104"
Wind Closure
Mar 22
5" 66" 99" 34° / 34° Saturday
Mar 22
2" 62" 106"
Sunday
Mar 23
1" 64" 97" 20° / 26° Sunday
Mar 23
4" 62" 106"
wet snowfall sent me to lodge after 2 runs, but then blue sky appeared briefly, new snow on top of yesterday's rain pack made for good, yet tricky surface, 10 runs by 11
Monday
Mar 24
4" 66" 102" 18° /
Tuesday
Mar 25
1" 65" 103" 24° /
Wednesday
Mar 26
5" 68" 107" 26° /
Thursday
Mar 27
8" 73" 109" 20° / 28° Thursday
Mar 27
7" 74" 121"
Wonderful powder! 13" in last 2 days, 12 runs
Friday
Mar 28
none 72" 106" 24° / 26° Friday
Mar 28
trace 74" 121"
Saturday
Mar 29
none 70" 103" 24° / 26° Saturday
Mar 29
trace 74" 121"
Sunday
Mar 30
none 70" 101" 40° / 36° Sunday
Mar 30
none 74" 121"
Monday
Mar 31
none 67" 100" 43° /
Tuesday
Apr 1
none 66" 99" 28° /
Wednesday
Apr 2
2" 61" 100" 26° /
Thursday
Apr 3
4" 65" 103" 20° / 26° Thursday
Apr 3
4-5" 64" 113"
Friday
Apr 4
5" 68" 107" 20° / 24° Friday
Apr 4
8" 68" 119"
Saturday
Apr 5
3" 69" 109" 21° / 26° Saturday
Apr 5
3" 69" 121"
Sunday
Apr 6
2" 70" 111" 18° / 24° Sunday
Apr 6
1" 69" 121"
Friday
Apr 11
trace 58" 97" 38° /
Saturday
Apr 12
none 56" 95" 38° /
Sunday
Apr 13
none 54" 93" 38° /
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