2003/2004 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 11.
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 4.
136 Days Open as of April 11, 2004 104
The early morning temperatures listed below were recorded between 5 and 7 AM at the
Silver Mountain Lodge and/or at the Lookout Pass Lodge .
A (temperature) means it was recorded/reported after 7 AM.
Date 24 hr
New
at
Lodge
at
Summit
temp
°F
Date 24 hr
New
at
Lodge
at
Summit

/ 28° Saturday
Nov 15
0" 16" 24"

/ 29° Sunday
Nov 16
3" 18" 26"

/ 22° Thursday
Nov 20
6" 26" 40"

/ 22° Friday
Nov 21
6" 26" 42"

/ 20° Saturday
Nov 22
5" 28" 45"

/ 19° Sunday
Nov 23
1" 28" 45"
Tuesday
Nov 25
3" 27" 41" 18° /
Wednesday
Nov 26
11" 28" 45" 21° /
Thanksgiving
Nov 27
5" 30" 45" 21° / 24° Thanksgiving
Nov 27
9" 36" 62"
Friday
Nov 28
none 30" 45" 23° / 27° Friday
Nov 28
3" 36" 62"
Saturday
Nov 29
5" 33" 47" 30° / 32° Saturday
Nov 29
8" 36" 65"
Sunday
Nov 30
2" 30" 40" 27° / 27° Sunday
Nov 30
0" 36" 65"
Monday
Dec 1
0" 30" 40" 30° / 27° Monday
Dec 1
0" 36" 65"
Tuesday
Dec 2
trace 30" 40" 32° /
Wednesday
Dec 3
1" 25" 35" 32° /
Thursday
Dec 4
4" 25" 35" 14° / 18° Thursday
Dec 4
4" 34" 62"
Friday
Dec 5
1" 25" 30" 27° / 29° Friday
Dec 5
1" 34" 62"
Saturday
Dec 6
trace 25" 30" 33° / 35° Saturday
Dec 6
1" 32" 58"
Sunday
Dec 7
3" 25" 30" 19° / 24° Sunday
Dec 7
3" 32" 58"
Monday
Dec 8
1" 25" 30" 21° / 24° Monday
Dec 8
1" 34" 58"
Tuesday
Dec 9
4" 33" 35" 19° /
Wednesday
Dec 10
2" 33" 35" 16° /
Thursday
Dec 11
2" 33" 35" 24° / 26° Thursday
Dec 11
3" 40" 64"
Friday
Dec 12
trace 33" 35" 23° / 25° Friday
Dec 12
1" 40" 64"
Saturday
Dec 13
4" 40" 48" 22° / 27° Saturday
Dec 13
7" 42" 68"
Sunday
Dec 14
8" 37" 48" 22° / 26° Sunday
Dec 14
14" 52" 78"
Monday
Dec 15
4" 36" 60" 21° / 24° Monday
Dec 15
10" 55" 82"
Mostly cloudy with scattered snow showers. Fog level rose during the day. Highs in the mid 30's. Great job of grooming, NO hazards. Foot of new powder in trees was tricky, but fun... for me... however companion fell too many times and was exhausted, so we left after 12 runs.
Tuesday
Dec 16
1" 36" 60" 20° /
Wednesday
Dec 17
3" 36" 60" 27° /
Thursday
Dec 18
none 35" 60" 28° / 29° Thursday
Dec 18
none 56" 84"
Friday
Dec 19
none 35" 60" 28° / 28° Friday
Dec 19
none 56" 84"
Saturday
Dec 20
none 35" 55" 27° / 27° Saturday
Dec 20
none 56" 84"
Sunday
Dec 21
3" 37" 55" 30° / 31° Sunday
Dec 21
3" 56" 84"
Monday
Dec 22
1" 37" 55" 27° / 29° Monday
Dec 22
1" 56" 84"
Tuesday
Dec 23
none 37" 55" 20° / 23° Tuesday
Dec 23
none 56" 84"
Wednesday
Dec 24
trace 37" 55" 20° / 20° Wednesday
Dec 24
trace 56" 84'
Christmas
Dec 25
3" 37" 55" 25° / 29° Christmas
Dec 25
5" 56" 85"
Friday
Dec 26
4" 38" 58" 22° / 26° Friday
Dec 26
3" 56" 85"
NEW "TIMBER WOLF" CHAIRLIFT AND 5 NEW RUNS OPEN FOR FIRST TIME!
Saturday
Dec 27
trace 38" 58" 18° / 20° Saturday
Dec 27
1" 56" 85"
LOWER CHAIR 4 TERRAIN NOW OPEN!
Sunday
Dec 28
trace 38" 58" 19° / 17° Sunday
Dec 28
4" 56" 85"
Monday
Dec 29
7" 42" 56" 12° / 16° Monday
Dec 29
12" 62" 90"
Tuesday
Dec 30
none 42" 56" / Tuesday
Dec 30
1" 62" 90"
Wednesday
Dec 31
trace 42" 56" 11° / 15° Wednesday
Dec 31
trace 62" 90"
New Year
Jan 1
3" 44" 58" 16° / 16° New Year
Jan 1
3" 62" 90"
Friday
Jan 2
10" 46" 56" 16° / 19° Friday
Jan 2
11" 65" 94"
Saturday
Jan 3
8" 54" 64" 16° / 20° Saturday
Jan 3
9" 70" 98"
Sunday
Jan 4
4" 54" 61" -2° / Sunday
Jan 4
6" 72" 101"
Monday
Jan 5

OPEN, but no report
-- -- -- / -7° Monday
Jan 5
1" 72" 101"
Tuesday
Jan 6
none 54" 61" -19° /
Wednesday
Jan 7
1" 54" 61" 22° /
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Thursday
Jan 8
2" 44" 55" 27° / 19° Thursday
Jan 8
4" 72" 101"
Friday
Jan 9
trace 44" 55" 30° / 31° Friday
Jan 9
trace 72" 101"
Saturday
Jan 10
1" 44" 55" (32°) / 32° Saturday
Jan 10
2" 72" 101"
Sunday
Jan 11
none 44" 55" 29° / 29° Sunday
Jan 11
trace 70" 98"
Monday
Jan 12
none 44" 50" 31° / 25° Monday
Jan 12
none 70" 98"
Tuesday
Jan 13
trace 44" 50" 30° /
Wednesday
Jan 14
none 48" NR 30° /
Thursday
Jan 15
none 55" 57" 31° / 32° Thursday
Jan 15
none 65" 92"
Friday
Jan 16
2" 55" 57" 28° / 30° Friday
Jan 16
4" 65" 92"
Saturday
Jan 17
none 55" 57" 27° / 29° Saturday
Jan 17
4" 65" 92"
Sunday
Jan 18
none 55" 57" 26° / 29° Sunday
Jan 18
none 65" 92"
MLK, Day
Jan 19
2" 47" 57" 25° / 29° MLK Day
Jan 19
2" 65" 92"
Tuesday
Jan 20
none 47" 57" 25° /
Wednesday
Jan 21
none NR 55" 20° /
Thursday
Jan 22
none NR 55" 22° / 27° Thursday
Jan 22
trace 66" 94"
Friday
Jan 23
8" 50" 60" 21° / 26° Friday
Jan 23
6" 68" 98"
The new terrain is SWEET! All 5 new runs are about a mile in length with the same "upside down bowl" topography: mellow proceeding gradually to steep with an easy, wide and fast runout to the new lift. How "steep" determines whether they're called intermediate or expert. The run under the chair becomes "extremely steep," while the outside run, 1.2 miles long, goes through a "fairly steep" phase. Made 18 runs (no falls) between 9:30 and 3:00 -- pleasant muscle pain on soft groomed snow with knee deep powder in the trees for a real workout.
Saturday
Jan 24
6" 48" 60" 28° / 33° Saturday
Jan 24
5" 70" 101"
Sunday
Jan 25
12" 57" 64" 19° / 20° Sunday
Jan 25
6" 72" 103"
Monday
Jan 26
4" 57" 64" 19° / 23° Monday
Jan 26
3" 73" 104"
Tuesday
Jan 27
6" 57" 74" 24° /
Wind Closure
Jan 28
10" NR NR NR /
Thursday
Jan 29
10" NR NR 28° / 30° Thursday
Jan 29
5" 76" 108"
Wind Closure
Jan 30
1" 65" 77" 30° / 34° Friday
Jan 30
4" 76" 110"
Saturday
Jan 31
6" 71" 84" 19° / 21° Saturday
Jan 31
7" 78" 112"
Sunday
Feb 1
2" 71" 84" 21° / 22° Sunday
Feb 1
5" 80" 114"
Monday
Feb 2
trace 71" 84" 21° / 19° Monday
Feb 2
trace 80" 114"
Tuesday
Feb 3
1" 66" 80" 18° /
Wednesday
Feb 4
1" 67" 81" 25° /
Thursday
Feb 5
2" 67" 81" 23° / 25° Thursday
Feb 5
2" 80" 114"
Friday
Feb 6
none 66" 81" 17° / 20° Friday
Feb 6
none 80" 114"
Cloudy with light snow, yet great views of St. Regis Basin. Well groomed runs made for fast skiing, except in trees where snow was deep and tricky. Made 18 runs (2 mellow falls), mostly on the new terrain. Parking lot was full, yet 2 runs were made WITHOUT SEEING ANYONE between start and finish of wide, mile long runs! For $12 (because I'm over 40 and it was Friday), this has to be the best ski deal in America.
Saturday
Feb 7
3" 70" 84" 22° / 20° Saturday
Feb 7
5" 82" 116"
Sunday
Feb 8
2" 66" 80" 19° / 23° Sunday
Feb 8
1" 82" 116"
Monday
Feb 9
none 66" 80" 25° / 23° Monday
Feb 9
1" 82" 116"
Tuesday
Feb 10
none 66" 80" 27° /
Wednesday
Feb 11
none 66" 80" 22° /
Thursday
Feb 12
none 66" 80" 26° / 22° Thursday
Feb 12
none 80" 114"
Friday
Feb 13
none 66" 80" 32° / 28° Friday
Feb 13
none 78" 112"
'Colorado Blue' sky, a weather inversion (warmest at ski area summit) and the breathtaking view of St.Regis Lakes Basin made it easy to linger at the top of the new south-facing terrain. Still made 19 runs (no falls), however. The five well-groomed new runs are perfect cardiac workouts: start slow, get a rhythm going, and maintain it as the pitch gradually increases to the point of exhaustion. Skiing at top speed, it takes me more than 3 minutes to drop 1050 feet on a mile long intermediate run.
Saturday
Feb 14
trace 60" 78" 29° / 26° Saturday
Feb 14
none 78" 110"
Sunday
Feb 15
2" 60" 78"" 21° / 26° Sunday
Feb 15
2" 78" 110"
Presidents Day
Feb 16
1" 60" 78" 28° / 22° Presidents Day
Feb 16
1" 78" 110"
Tuesday
Feb 17
4" 60" 80" 26° /
Wednesday
Feb 19
2" 60" 80" 33° /
Thursday
Feb 19
2" 65" 81" 28° / 29° Thursday
Feb 19
5" 84" 117"
Friday
Feb 20
trace 66" 82" 25° / 28° Friday
Feb 20
trace 84" 117"
Cloudy all day, but no snow; spring conditions due to yesterday's warmth and light rain. Top of groomed runs were smooth sailing, but they became more icy as elevation decreased. (note for New England skiers: "icy" does not mean there was actual ice as you know it; it means my skis made a lot of noise.) Grooming could have been better. Snow in trees too heavy to be fun. Made 19 runs (1 fall) between 9:30 AM and 3:30 PM.
Saturday
Feb 21
none 66" 82" 19° / 22° Saturday
Feb 21
none 84" 117"
Sunday
Feb 22
none 66" 82" 27° / 23° Sunday
Feb 22
none 82" 115"
Monday
Feb 23
none 66" 82" 26° / 23° Monday
Feb 23
none 80" 113"
Tuesday
Feb 24
trace 60" 80" 28° /
Wednesday
Feb 25
4" 60" 80" 28° /
Thursday
Feb 26
2" 68" 84" 28° / 29° Thursday
Feb 26
trace 79" 112"
Friday
Feb 27
" 73" 84" 27° / 29° Friday
Feb 27
1" 78" 110"
Dramatic weather day: bright sun and blue sky surrounded by black clouds leading to a half hour blizzard that dropped an inch of snow, followed by gentle snowfalls inside other clouds passing through between sun breaks. Good spring skiing on soft, well groomed slopes on both sides of Runt Mountain; snow under trees a little too crusty for my liking. Never a lift line. Made 20 runs (no falls) before 3:00 PM!
Saturday
Feb 28
2" 62" 74" 27° / 28° Saturday
Feb 28
1" 78" 110"
Sunday
Feb 29
trace 67" 82" 27° / 29° Sunday
Feb 29
trace 78" 110"
Monday
Mar 1
none 67" 82" 22° / 24° Monday
Mar 1
none 76" 108"
Tuesday
Mar 2
trace 67" 80" 23° /
Wednesday
Mar 3
none 66" 80" 23° /
Thursday
Mar 4
4" 66" 80" 24° / 26° Thursday
Mar 4
4" 78" 110"
Friday
Mar 5
5" 66" 80" 21° / 24° Friday
Mar 5
5" 81" 113"
Saturday
Mar 6
10" 71" 85" 16° / 22° Saturday
Mar 6
11" 84" 118"
Sunday
Mar 7
4" 71" 85" 32° / 30° Sunday
Mar 7
2" 85" 119"
Monday
Mar 8
none 71" 85" 37° / 37° Monday
Mar 8
none 84" 119"
Tuesday
Mar 9
none 71" 85" 40° /
Wednesday
Mar 10
none 67" 76" 27° /
Thursday
Mar 11
none 60" 76" 31° / 31° Thursday
Mar 11
none 78" 110"
Friday
Mar 12
none 60" 76" 35° / 33° Friday
Mar 12
none 77" 98"
Blue sky with fluffy white clouds changed to dark clouds with sun breaks during the day, but no snowfall. Made 20 runs with no falls on soft spring snow. A few new marked obstacles, but no rocks or bare spots. The trees were OK at mid-day. Several runs were made where the first two and only people I saw after leaving the top of the mountain were the lift operators a mile later! Spectacular views, solitude and soft snow go well together.
Saturday
Mar 13
none 60" 76" 22° / 31° Saturday
Mar 13
" 77" 98"
Sunday
Mar 14
none 60" 76" 28° / 30° Sunday
Mar 14
none 76" 97"
Monday
Mar 15
none 60" 74" 25° / 28° Monday
Mar 15
none 75" 96"
Tuesday
Mar 16
none 68" 72" 30° /
Wednesday
Mar 17
none 68" 72" 30° /
Wind Closure
Mar 18
-- -- -- -- / 38° Thursday
Mar 18
none 75" 96"
Friday
Mar 19
trace 68" 72" 19° / 26° Friday
Mar 19
" 74" 95"
Snowed all day, heavy at times in the morning, with magnificent sun breaks in the afternoon. Felt like I was skiing in New England during the morning: fluff on ice, where your skis play slip n' grip and your thigh muscles never relax. However, as the day got warmer and the new snow got deeper, the conditions improved dramatically, along with my ability to ski gracefully. Made 16 runs with one sit-down fall.
Saturday
Mar 20
trace 68" 72" 21° / 24° Saturday
Mar 20
3" 74" 95"
Sunday
Mar 21
none 68" 72" 33° / 27° Sunday
Mar 21
none 74" 95"
Monday
Mar 22
none 68" 72" 36° / 36° Monday
Mar 22
none 74" 95"
Tuesday
Mar 23
none 60" 70" 43° /
Wednesday
Mar 24
none 60" 70" 31° /
Thursday
Mar 25
" 60" 70" 25° / 29° Thursday
Mar 25
" 70" 93"
Friday
Mar 26
2" 60" 72" 25° / 30° Friday
Mar 26
2" 70" 93"
Saturday
Mar 27
2" 54" 74" 25° / 29° Saturday
Mar 27
2" 70" 93"
Sunday
Mar 28
5" 58" 77" 25° / 27° Sunday
Mar 28
5" 70" 96"
Monday
Mar 29
none 58" 77" 31° / 28° Monday
Mar 29
none 70" 96"
Tuesday
Mar 30
none 55" 75" 40° /
Wednesday
Mar 31
1" 52" 72" 25° /
Thursday
Apr 1
none 52" 72" 21° / 30° Thursday
Apr 1
trace 65" 96"
Friday
Apr 2
none 52" 72" 23° / 30° Friday
Apr 2
trace 65" 96"
Perfect Lookout Pass Spring Snow: VERY FAST yet quite pushable, so no fear, ~45, bright sun, only 100 people spread over 22 runs, nothing could be finer. While there were obvious bare spots on the steepest south facing slopes, the traditional ski area was unblemished. Made 20 runs (no falls) begining at 10 AM.
Saturday
Apr 3
none 52" 72" 29° / 32° Saturday
Apr 3
none 62" 94"
Sunday
Apr 4
none 52" 72" 39° / 39° Sunday
Apr 4
none 62" 94"
Monday
Apr 5
none 52" 72" 41° /
Tuesday
Apr 6
none 52" 72" 37° /
Wednesday
Apr 7
none 50" 70" 40° /
Thursday
Apr 8
none 40" 60" 36° /
Friday
Apr 9
none 40" 60" 29° /
Saturday
Apr 10
none 40" 60" 35° /
Brought my "rock skis," yet only hit one small stone during 23 runs made from 10 to 4 PM on a sunny day that reached the mid-60's. The excellent job done grooming during the season was evident by the fact that 45 trails (80%) were still open in spite of the much lower than normal April snow depth. In fact, 23 trails were freshly groomed, including several expert trails packed with delicious corn snow. Yes, there were lots of obvious bare spots... just not on the open trails. Great job guys!
Sunday
Apr 11
none 40" 60" 40° /
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