2004/2005 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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2001/2002 Snowfall Log 2002/2003 Snowfall Log 2003/2004 Snowfall Log 2005/2006 Snowfall Log
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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 10
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 10.
97 Days Open in 2004/2005 season 83
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

/ 22°   Saturday
Nov 27
0" 8" 24"

/ 22° Sunday
Nov 28
2" 10" 26"
Friday
Dec 3
0" 10-12" 27" 25° / 27° Friday
Dec 3
trace 12" 32"
Saturday
Dec 4
0" 10-12" 27" 28° / 23° Saturday
Dec 4
trace 12" 32"
Sunday
Dec 5
trace 10-12" 27" (22°) / 21° Sunday
Dec 5
0" 12" 32"

/ 20° Monday
Dec 6
9" 18" 38"
Thursday
Dec 9
20" 35" 45" 30° / 27° Thursday
Dec 9
10" 35" 59"
39 inches of snow fell since Sunday, making for delightful conditions on a partly sunny and warm day. Fresh-packed powder runs were fast and easy; fresh-on-packed power runs were boot deep and heavenly, while the unpacked powder was deep, moist and humorous. Made 8 runs by 11 AM: never fell, but came to an unexpected full stop twice when snow depth overcame gravity and common sense.
Wind Closure
Dec 10
2" 32" 42" 35° / 38° Friday
Dec 10
3" 35" 60"
Wind Closure
Dec 11
0" 20" 30" 35° / 26° Rain Closure
Dec 11
0" 28" 49"
This was obviously not a day for skiing or snowboarding... but when you live in a mountain recreation paradise, there is always something to do. As I walked along the South Fork of the Coeur d'Alene River from my home in Silverton to my office in Wallace today, I first noticed the exceptionally high water... and then two guys in kayaks playing in standing waves normally seen only in the spring.
Sunday
Dec 12
0" 20" 30" 21° / 22° Sunday
Dec 12
0" 18" 42"
Monday
Dec 13
0" 18" 29" 27° / 23° Monday
Dec 13
0" 18" 42"
Tuesday
Dec 14
0" 18" 29" (36°) /
Wednesday
Dec 15
2" 20" 36" 27° /
  Thursday
Dec 16
0" 20" 36" (30°) / 26° Thursday
Dec 16
1" 20" 45"
Click to see other photos taken today Six inches of snow fell in the last two days, so conditions have improved greatly since last weekend's rain. 18 trails were open with 10 well groomed; the firm corduroy was noisy early in the morning, but all was quiet by 11 AM on our 11th and last run. Fun powder/crud was found on Hoot Owl. Top of mountain was always sunny; bottom was always foggy.
Friday
Dec 17
1" 20" 36" (31°) / 29° Friday
Dec 17
0" 20" 45"
Saturday
Dec 18
0" 20" 36" 29° / 30° Saturday
Dec 18
0" 20" 45"
Wind Closure
Dec 19
0" 20" 35" (38°) / 28° Sunday
Dec 19
none 20" 45"
Monday
Dec 20
0" 20" 35" 19° / 24° Monday
Dec 20
trace 20" 45"
Tuesday
Dec 21
2" 20" 35" 19° / (23°) Tuesday
Dec 21
1" 20" 46"
Wednesday
Dec 22
0" 20" 35" 21° / 21° Wednesday
Dec 22
3" 20" 47"
  Thursday
Dec 23
0" 22" 37" 12° / 15° Thursday
Dec 23
trace 20" 47"
The unusually low snowfall so far this season has been well conserved by Silver's superior snow management team, who have kept a score of runs off of Chairs 1 & 2 in good condition, with half of those recently groomed. I made 5 runs in light freezing fog without falling or hitting a rock, and retired to the hospitality of the Mountain Haus, which has been redesigned to accommodate an on-mountain rental shop.
Friday
Dec 24
trace 21" 35" 25° / 25° Friday
Dec 24
1" 23" 48'
The machine groomed packed powder was very carvable on this overcast warm day. We made 7 fast runs around noon, then went in to check out the DINING AREA in the NEW LODGE, which opened today. The upstairs bar will open in 4-6 weeks. The almost completed two-story building is a very nice and necessary extension to the original Lodge built in 1941.
Christmas
Dec 25
0" 21" 35" 30° / (30°) Christmas
Dec 25
trace 23" 48"
Four hurricanes in Florida this fall, record cold and snowfall currently in the Midwest, and we get a mild winter! How weird is this? An historical perspective on Silver Valley Christmas snowfall may provide an answer.
Christmas
2003
3" 37" 55" 25° / 29° Christmas
2003
5" 56" 85"
Christmas
2002
none 15" 23" 19° / 22° Christmas
2002
none 12" 28"
Christmas
2001
none 68" 90" 18° Christmas
2001
none 70" 114"
Sunday
Dec 26
0" 20" 32" 31° / 29° Sunday
Dec 26
1" 23" 49"
Monday
Dec 27
0" 20" 32" 34° / 27° Monday
Dec 27
0" 23" 49"
Tuesday
Dec 28
0" 20" 34" 33° / 24° Tuesday
Dec 28
0" 23" 49"
Wednesday
Dec 29
trace 20" 34" 32° / 21° Wednesday
Dec 29
0" 23" 49"
Thursday
Dec 30
1" 21" 35" 27° / 26° Thursday
Dec 30
2" 25" 51"
Friday
Dec 31
6" 26" 40" 25° / 22° Friday
Dec 31
6" 28" 55"
New Year
Jan 1
1" 27" 41" 27° / 16° New Year
Jan 1
3" 30" 58"
Sunday
Jan 2
2" 27" 40" 20° / 22° Sunday
Jan 2
2" 30" 58"
Monday
Jan 3
0" 27" 40" 19° / 20° Monday
Jan 3
trace 30" 58"
Tuesday
Jan 4
trace 27" 40" (15°) /
Wednesday
Jan 5
trace 27" 40" (7°) /
Thursday
Jan 6
1" 27" 40" / 12° Thursday
Jan 6
1" 30" 59"
Friday
Jan 7
4" 29" 42" 21° / 19° Friday
Jan 7
5" 32" 62"
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As the ski report said: Excellent conditions and coverage on front side of mountain. Early season conditions on backside. We made 4 runs on each by 11:30 under light snowfall. Rainbow Ridge on the backside was SWEEEET!! Several inches of fresh powder on groomed surface with some drifting. Top of Cloud 9 was untracked powder heaven, but the bottom was "bump-the-stump" in places because the upper parts of the other three backside runs had funneled traffic to it on Monday and Thursday when the bottom steeps of those runs were closed. They are still closed... good thing. Traffic was not really a problem, however. During our FOUR mile-long runs down the backside, Jim and I only encountered ONE OTHER PERSON! The two friendly lift operators were the only people we ever saw at the bottom.
Saturday
Jan 8
6" 29" 42" 18° / 23° Saturday
Jan 8
8" 34" 68"
Sunday
Jan 9
1" 29" 42" (20°) / 14° Sunday
Jan 9
6" 36" 71"
Monday
Jan 10
2" 36" 47" 18° / 20° Monday
Jan 10
3" 38" 75"
Tuesday
Jan 11
2" 36" 47" 22° /
Wind Closure
Jan 12
2" 36" 47" 16° /
Thursday
Jan 13
10" 40" 48" 14° / 19° Thursday
Jan 13
16" 44" 83"
We drove into the parking lot at noon, and drove out at 2:05, after making 6 runs on everything from smooth packed powder on Rainbow Ridge (backside) to knee-deep dry powder in the Lucky Friday Glades (frontside). The backside was way more crowded than last Friday... there were TWO people talking to the lift operators when we arrived in lift line from Rainbow Ridge (but they let us go ahead), and during our fast boot-deep powder run on flawless mile-long Cloud 9, I think I saw two or three other people... very briefly. Overcast sky with sun breaks made shadows appear like magic in the increasingly cold air. Cold snap predicted for tonight.
  Friday
Jan 14
0" 40" 48" 14° / Friday
Jan 14
1" 44" 83"
Click to see other photos taken today Cold snap? Yeah, right. Yes, the snow was squeaky and my digital camera quit after taking 4 awesome photos, but skiing on a sunny day with no wind and afternoon temperatures in the mid-teens, is not that bad! We made 7 runs on perfect snow between 12:50 and 3:15 and quit because we were exhausted, not because we were cold.
Saturday
Jan 15
0" 32" 35" / Saturday
Jan 15
0" 44" 83"
Sunday
Jan 16
3" 32" 35" 23° / 24° Sunday
Jan 16
4" 44" 85"
MLK Day
Jan 17
3" 34" 37" 32° / 32° MLK Day
Jan 17
3" 44" 85"
Made first tracks down freshly packed powder on Cloud 9. Perfect corduroy with untouched powder found at the sides of this and other backside runs. Lots of powder still under the trees in the Lucky Friday Glades, but it is getting heavier as the cold snap rebounds with a vengeance. In fact, the overcast sky soon produced snow, which turned into "snain." We left after 7 runs; finding a dozen people ahead of us in a backside lift line made the decision easy. Back in Wallace by 11 AM.
Wind Closure
Jan 18
4" 35" 40" 39° /
Wind Closure
Jan 19
0" 35" 40" 39° /
Thursday
Jan 20
0" 35" 40" 43° / 34° Rain Closure
Jan 20
0" 32" 65"
Friday
Jan 21
0" 20" 30" 37° / 36° Friday
Jan 21
0" 32" 65"
Saturday
Jan 22
0" 15" 28" (42°) / 32° Saturday
Jan 22
0" 28" 55"
Sunday
Jan 23
0" 15" 28" 45° / 36° Sunday
Jan 23
0" 25" 48"
Temp. Closed
Jan 24
0" 10" 20" 38° / 33° Monday
Jan 24
0" 20" 45"
Temp. Closed
Jan 25
0" 10" 20" 36° /
Temp. Closed
Jan 26
0" 10" 20" 38° /
Thursday
Jan 27
0" 10" 20" 34° / 30° Thursday
Jan 27
0" 18" 42"
Friday
Jan 28
" 10" 20" 32° / 31° Friday
Jan 28
trace 18" 42"
Saturday
Jan 29
0" 10" 20" 34° / 31° Saturday
Jan 29
trace 18" 42"
Sunday
Jan 30
3" 10" 20" 30° / 31° Sunday
Jan 30
3" 18" 42"
Monday
Jan 31
0" 10" 20" 30° / 31° Monday
Jan 31
trace 18" 42"
Tuesday
Feb 1
trace 10" 24" 27° /
Wednesday
Feb 2
0" 10" 29" 36° /
Thursday
Feb 3
0" 10" 29" 39° / 32° Thursday
Feb 3
0" 20" 44"
Wind Closure
Feb 4
0" 10" 20" (37°) / 33° Friday
Feb 4
0" 18" 44"
Saturday
Feb 5
3" 10" 20" 22° / 25° Saturday
Feb 5
4-6" 22" 48"
Sunday
Feb 6
3" 14" 34" 19° / 18° Sunday
Feb 6
3" 22" 48"
Monday
Feb 7
0" 14" 34" 19° / 15° Monday
Feb 7
trace 22" 48"
Tuesday
Feb 8
0" 14" 34" 18° /
Wednesday
Feb 9
0" 14" 34" 21° /
Thursday
Feb 10
0" 14" 34" 28° / 19° Thursday
Feb 10
0" 22" 48"
Friday
Feb 11
0" 14" 34" (34°) / 16° Friday
Feb 11
0" 22" 48"
Saturday
Feb 12
0" 14" 34" 32° / 31° Saturday
Feb 12
0" 22" 48"
Sunday
Feb 13
6" 14" 34" 23° / 29° Sunday
Feb 13
4" 22" 48"
Monday
Feb 14
9" 22" 36" 28° / 20° Monday
Feb 14
6" 24" 52"
Tuesday
Feb 15
2" 22" 36" 20° /
Wednesday
Feb 16
0" 21" 40" 17° /
  Thursday
Feb 17
0" 21" 42" 20° / 20° Thursday
Feb 17
0" 24" 52"
Click to see other photos taken today Seven afternoon runs were made under perfect spring conditions... in the middle of February. This is the "worst winter" on record, and yet it is hard to complain about deep blue sky and temperatures approaching 40°F. Only the front side was open, but, as the photos show, we had the place to ourselves. Even the Lucky Friday Glades were fun... but not for the faint of heart. The fluffy residual powder was mixed with little trees and bushes, making vigilance the word for the day.
Friday
Feb 18
0" 21" 42" (30°) / 21° Friday
Feb 18
0" 24" 52"
Saturday
Feb 19
0" 21" 42" 30° / 25° Saturday
Feb 19
0" 24" 52"
Sunday
Feb 20
0" 21" 42" 24° / 25° Sunday
Feb 20
trace 24" 52"
Presidents
Day
none 21" 42" 18° / 17° Presidents
Day
0" 23" 48"
Tuesday
Feb 22
0" 21" 42" 29° /
Wednesday
Feb 23
0" 21" 42" 28° /
Thursday
Feb 24
0" 21" 42" 34° / 26° Thursday
Feb 24
0" 23" 48"
Friday
Feb 25
0" 21" 42" 36° / 26° Friday
Feb 25
0" 19" 42"
Saturday
Feb 26
0" 21" 42" 32° / 26° Saturday
Feb 26
0" 19" 42"
Sunday
Feb 27
0" 21" 42" 37° / 27° Sunday
Feb 27
0" 19" 42"
Monday
Feb 28
0" 21" 42" 38° / 28° Monday
Feb 28
0" 19" 42"
Tuesday
Mar 1
" 21" 42" 30° /
Wednesday
Mar 2
0" 21" 42" 34° /
Thursday
Mar 3
0" 21" 42" 32° / 28° Thursday
Mar 3
0" 19" 42"
Friday
Mar 4
0" 21" 42" 32° / 32° Friday
Mar 4
0" 16" 36"
Saturday
Mar 5
0" 18" 38" 37° / 26° Saturday
Mar 5
0" 12" 36"
Sunday
Mar 6
0" 15" 35" (40°) / 30° Sunday
Mar 6
0" 12" 36"
Thursday
Mar 10
0" 10" 30" 36° /
Friday
Mar 11
0" 10" 30" 37° /
Saturday
Mar 12
0" 10" 30" 30° / 33° Saturday
Mar 12
0" 8" 32"
Sunday
Mar 13
0" 10" 30" 28° / 24° Ice Closure
Mar 13
trace 8" 32"
Thursday
Mar 17
12" 10" 30" 27° /
Friday
Mar 18
trace 10" 30" 28° /
Saturday
Mar 19
4" 20" 44" 30° / 26° Saturday
Mar 19
4" 15" 39"
As the snow report said: Best conditions of the last month. 19" of new snow in the last 72 hours with more snow in the forecast! Our first four runs were made entirely on untracked dry powder. Jim got several "face shots" in the deepest powder pockets; moving slower, I was very happy to be making smooth turns in the consistently over-the-boot fluff. Even the north facing trees were skiable. We made 11 runs under an overcast sky, returning exhausted to Wallace by noon.
Sunday
Mar 20
0" 20" 44" 37° / 32° Sunday
Mar 20
5" 18" 44"
With another 5 inches to play on, the early morning powder runs were heavenly. It was easy to make short radius turns, one right after another. More people were on the slopes than yesterday, but there was never a lift line. This in spite of the fact that THE ONLY TWO SKI AREAS STILL OPERATING IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST ARE IN THE SILVER VALLEY! As the day warmed into the forties, however, the snow became heavier and my muscles became weaker. My limit was reached at 12 runs.
Thursday
Mar 24
4" 20" 40" 14° / 15° Thursday
Mar 24
trace 20" 44"
Friday
Mar 25
1" 20" 40" 19° / 24° Friday
Mar 25
" 20" 44"
Saturday
Mar 26
0" 20" 40" 25° / 20° Saturday
Mar 26
1" 20" 44"
Wind Closure
Mar 27
5" 30" 46" 30° / 33° Rain Closure
Mar 27
8" 28" 52"
Saturday
Apr 2
4" 60" 80" 22° / 29° Saturday
Apr 2
4" 38" 76"
FOUR FEET of new snow fell at the summit during the last week, making for excellent spring skiing. The back side was open for the first time since Sunday, February 27! Made 6 runs in 2 hours beginning at 8:30AM; 4 were on the south facing back side. The deep stuff was like mashed potatoes, while the groomed snow was quite quick, especially towards the bottom where a few obstacles made things challenging. The north facing front side had the more consistent snow.
Sunday
Apr 3
1" 60" 80" 27° / 30° Sunday
Apr 3
1" 36" 74"
Friday
Apr 8
1" n/a n/a 27° / 32° Friday
Apr 8
1" 28" 72"
  Saturday
Apr 9
1" 30" 70" 27° / 26° Saturday
Apr 9
trace 28" 72"
Sunday
Apr 10
1" 30" 70" 24° / 28° Sunday
Apr 10
trace 26" 68"
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