2005/2006 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.
Greg Marsh
2001/2002 Snowfall Log 2002/2003 Snowfall Log 2003/2004 Snowfall Log 2004/2005 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 29
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 9.
118 Days Open in 2005/2006 season April 29 111
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.
A (FL) notation means I was river/ocean kayaking with my son in Florida and missed Lookout's early opening.
Date 24 hr
New
at
Lodge
at
Summit
temp
°F
Date 24 hr
New
at
Lodge
at
Summit

/ (FL) Saturday
Nov 12
(FL) (FL) (FL)

/ (FL) Sunday
Nov 13
1" (FL) (FL)

/ 27° Monday
Nov 14
5" 14" 36"

/ 30° Thursday
Nov 17
1" 14" 37"

/ (30°) Friday
Nov 18
0" 14" 37"

/ 27° Saturday
Nov 19
0" 12" 37"

/ 27° Sunday
Nov 20
0" 12" 37"

/ 25° Monday
Nov 21
0" 12" 37"

/ 19° Thanksgiving
Nov 24
0" 10" 32"

/ (24°) Friday
Nov 25
0" 10" 32"

/ 27° Saturday
Nov 26
3" 13" 35"

/ 20° Sunday
Nov 27
trace 13" 35"

/ 19° Monday
Nov 28
trace 13" 35"
 
/ 18° Thursday
Dec 1
2" 22" 41"
Click to see more photos taken by Greg Marsh on Dec 1, 2005 Twelve inches of cold, light snow fell since Monday, so coverage was good everywhere on the front side. More than a dozen trails were well groomed in preparation for the next storm due later today. Another seven or so trails, including both Idaho and Montana Faces, were left undisturbed for the powder hounds. My favorite powder playpen was along the side of Hoot Owl, quite a bit tamer, but just as surreal. I made 9 fun runs by 11 AM, and went home to process the photos I took of the new north-facing runs: VERY steep, but one season away from open.
Wind Closure
@ 10:20 AM
5" 21" 30" 22° / 24° Friday
Dec 2
5" 24" 44"
Saturday
Dec 3
8" 21" 30" 21° / 20° Saturday
Dec 3
7" 26" 48"
Sunday
Dec 4
0" 21" 30" 10° / 12° Sunday
Dec 4
2" 26" 48"
Monday
Dec 5
1" 22" 34" 19° / 21° Monday
Dec 5
1" 26" 48"
Tuesday
Dec 6
1" 24" 35" (12°) /
(3")
Wednesday
Dec 7
trace 24" 35" /
(3")
Thursday
Dec 8
0" 22" 33" 16° / 10° Thursday
Dec 8
0" 28" 50"
Friday
Dec 9
0" 20" 30" 14° / (21°)   Friday
Dec 9
0" 28" 50"
Click to see more photos taken by Greg Marsh on Dec 9, 2005 Made six runs from 1 to 3 PM; four on the Backside, which opened last Saturday. Great conditions: warmer than recently, overcast 'black-n-blue' skies with intense sun breaks and reflections, and only about fifty other skiers & boarders to share two chair lifts with. Backside was wonderful: skier packed powder with 3-5 inches of fluff on sides, going on forever. While playing "bump-the-stump" was an option at the bottom of the middle three runs, bright afternoon sun on these south facing slopes made wooden obstacles stand out.
Saturday
Dec 10
0" 18" 25" 28° / 20° Saturday
Dec 10
0" 26" 50"
Sunday
Dec 11
0" 15" 25" 29° / 22° Sunday
Dec 11
0" 26" 50"
Monday
Dec 12
0" 14" 24" 35° / 20° Monday
Dec 12
0" 24" 49"
Tuesday
Dec 13
0" 14" 24" 20° /
(1")
Wednesday
Dec 14
0" 14" 30" 19° /
(trace)
Thursday
Dec 15
0" 14" 30" 21° / 14° Thursday
Dec 15
0" 24" 49"
Friday
Dec 16
0" 14" 30" 21° / 12° Friday
Dec 16
0" 24" 49"
Saturday
Dec 17
0" 14" 29" / Saturday
Dec 17
0" 24" 49"
Sunday
Dec 18
0" 14" 29" / Sunday
Dec 18
0" 24" 49"
Monday
Dec 19
0" 14" 29" 32° / 12°   Monday
Dec 19
0" 24" 49"
This was a very unusual day for me as I spent the entire day on Huckleberry Ridge teaching a friend to ski. In six runs, she went from her first chair lift ride to being able to ski from top to bottom (850 vertical feet) without falling! This was due to several factors including expert service at the rental shop, helpful lift operators, and flawless grooming on this beginner run. With all the attention to the new terrain at Lookout, it is good to remember that this resort is famous as the family oriented area where most Silver Valley locals learned to ski beginning in 1938. As for my day on the bunny hill: I can now smoothly connect four 360's in either direction (before I get dizzy and have to straighten out). Who says an old dog can't learn new tricks?
Tuesday
Dec 20
0" 14" 29" 35° / 18° Tuesday
Dec 20
trace 24" 49"
Wednesday
Dec 21
0" 12" 27" (34°) / 32° Wednesday
Dec 21
0" 24" 49"
Wind Closure
@ 5:34 AM
0" 10" 25" 44° / 37° Thursday
Dec 22
0" 20" 42"
Friday
Dec 23
trace 10" 25" 30° / 33° Friday
Dec 23
3" - 6" 22" 45"
Wind Closure
@ 8:20 AM
0" 9" 28" (41°) / 36° Saturday
Dec 24
1" 22" 45"
Low Snow Closure
@ 5:21 AM
0" 6" 28" 41° / (40°) Christmas
Dec 25
trace 22" 45"
Low Snow Closure
@ 5:39 AM
0" 6" 28" 37° / 33° Monday
Dec 26
" 20" 45"
Tuesday
Dec 27
1" - 2" 8" 30" (27°) / (30°) Tuesday
Dec 27
1" 20" 45"
Wednesday
Dec 28
1" - 3" 10" 31" 30° / 31° Wednesday
Dec 28
4" 22" 46"
Thursday
Dec 29
1" 11" 34" 27° / 29° Thursday
Dec 29
7" 24" 52"
Friday
Dec 30
1" - 3" 12" 36" 26° / 26° Friday
Dec 30
trace 24" 52"
Saturday
Dec 31
4" 15" 39" 30° / 26° Saturday
Dec 31
8" 30" 59"
  New Year
2006
5" - 10" 20" 45" 29° / 30° New Year
2006
6" 33" 64"
Katrina and two other hurricanes demolished New Orleans last fall, record cold and snowfall battered Back East early, floods currently ravage northern California, and we get a SECOND mild winter! How weird is this? An historical perspective on Silver Valley New Years Day snowfall may provide an answer.
New Year
2005
1" 27" 41" 27° / 16° New Year
2005
3" 30" 58"
New Year
2004
3" 44" 58" 16° / 16° New Year
2004
3" 62" 90"
New Year
2003
2" 30" 44" 22° / 25° New Year
2003
2" 40" 63"
New Year
2002
none 70" 92" 22° New Year
2002
none 68" 109"
Monday
Jan 2
1" 21" 44" 29° / 30° Monday
Jan 2
3" 35" 67"
Made 8 fast runs, 4 on each side, on powder, machine groomed packed powder, and skier packed powder all good! The bottoms of Keystone and Cloud 9 on the backside were mostly clear of obstacles, but challenging because of the 17 inches of snow that fell since Friday. The new Last Chance Glades was deep enough to cautiously try... but now I think the official black diamond designation may be more appropriate than my earlier naive assessment. The morning was calm with light snowfall, but then a whole bunch of people showed up at 10:30 and the snow started to get sticky toward the bottom, so we left at 11. An affordable season pass coupled with 15 minute access from Wallace tends to spoil us locals.
Tuesday
Jan 3
3" 27" 48" 26° /
(8")
Wednesday
Jan 4
8" 30" 48" (28°) /
(6")
  Wind Closure
@ 7:02 AM
4" 34" 52" 30° / 26°   Thursday
Jan 5
trace 39" 76"
Click to see more photos taken by Greg Marsh on Jan 5, 2006 Today was a great example of why I have been on a crusade for seven years, preaching that the two ski areas in the Silver Valley should be marketing themselves together, rather than as two competing egocentric resorts. I made 15 joyous runs today; there was NO WIND WHATSOEVER under the warm blue sky. Yet only a trace of new snow fell last night. However, Silver Mountain, 24 miles away, was closed by 30-40 MPH winds after receiving 4" of new snow. The two areas complement each other. When conditions are good everywhere, the larger mountain may have the advantage, but on days like today, Lookout should rock and roll. Instead, as shown by 18 photos taken today, there was never a lift line at Lookout. The displaced Silver Mountain season pass holders from Spokane that I spoke to were delighted to be here, but furious that their mountain was closed for the sixth day this season. Isn't it time for the two resorts to consider offering a Silver Valley Season Pass? Or at least to discount tickets bought by Season Pass holders from the other Silver Valley resort. Their competition is Schweitzer Mountain in Sandpoint, not each other!
Friday
Jan 6
0" 34" 52" 35° / 34° Friday
Jan 6
trace 39" 76"
Saturday
Jan 7
0" 34" 52" 34° / 32° Saturday
Jan 7
trace 39" 76"
Sunday
Jan 8
6" 40" 58" 23° / 26° Sunday
Jan 8
6" 42" 80"
Wind Closure
@ 9:58 AM
0" 35" 58" 26° / 25° Monday
Jan 9
1" 42" 80"
Wind Closure
@ 7:02 AM
11" 35" 63" 26° /
(14")
Wednesday
OPEN @ 11 AM
16" 51" 79" 32° /
(20")
  Thursday
Jan 12
8" 59" 87" 23° / 27° Thursday
Jan 12
8" 65" 108"
As the ski report said: YAHOOO! 42" since Monday and still snowing! Made 9 early morning runs, mixing the fresh snow on machine groomed packed powder found on major trails with the knee-deep "slow motion" powder lurking in the trees. The undisturbed snow along the sides of the backside trails was particularly deep and sweet, as was the quiet blanket that safely covered the Lucky Friday and Last Chance Glades on the frontside. I almost fell once in deep skier packed powder, but managed a one legged save, and as a result felt lucky enough and exhausted enough to call it a day. A great day!
Friday
Jan 13
3" 61" 89" 28° / 31° Friday
Jan 13
4" 67" 110"
Saturday
Jan 14
1" 62" 90" (32°) / (33°) Saturday
Jan 14
4" 65" 109"
Sunday
Jan 15
3" 51" 81" 26° / 26° Sunday
Jan 15
4" 65" 109"
MLK Day
Jan 16
2" 52" 82" 20° / 23° MLK Day
Jan 16
1" 65" 109"
Jim picked me up at my Wallace office at 9:00 AM and I was back at my desk by 11:05. In between, we had us a "six-pack" (six runs, three on each side, at top speed with no stops on well groomed, but hard corduroy surfaces), and coffee in the new Lounge. We left as people started to coagulate and the light flattened in preparation for the next storm due in later today. Living in Wallace is a skier's dream come true; where else can you take two hours off from work and make six ski runs?
Here is a morale boost in the midst of a season seemingly dominated by rain: we are actually doing better at this point than during any season since 2001/2002!
MLK Day
2005
3" 34" 37" 32° / 32° MLK Day
2005
3" 44" 85"
MLK Day
2004
2" 47" 57" 25° / 29° MLK Day
2004
2" 65" 92"
MLK Day
2003
0" 31" 50" 28° / 27° MLK Day
2003
0" 50" 82"
MLK Day
2002
6" 81" 102" 26° MLK Day
2002
10" 82" 135"
Wind Closure
@ 7:22 AM
7" 56" 83" (28°) /
(6")
Wednesday
Jan 18
11" 56" 83" 28° /
(9")
Thursday
Jan 19
0" 60" 88" 26° / 26° Thursday
Jan 19
9" 69" 115"
Click to see more photos taken by Greg Marsh on Jan 19, 2005 The ski report said: POWDER THURSDAY with 17" of new snow since Monday. My math has 24" falling since Monday. In any case, the result of letting the mountain accumulate powder on its two days off was a typically marvelous Thursday morning. I made eight runs (six on backside) through the over-the-boot deep fresh powder on the sides of groomed trails, and through the deeper fluff present in the surrounding forest. The frontside Glades were deserted and delightful as predicted. In fact, the whole place was empty; the only lift line was when two dozen of us stood around waiting for the first chair to load at 9 AM. This was sort of sad considering that today's fresh snow was much drier than last Thursday's technically deeper powder, and that the temperature stayed in the upper 20's on this partly sunny, lightly snowing day. In other words, it was a perfect day that too many people missed. We need to find ways to get more folks from far away places to spend a week skiing and boarding in the Silver Valley, instead of wasting their money at crowded resorts found elsewhere in the Rockies. Unfortunately, this will require the two ski resorts to work together for the common good...
Friday
Jan 20
16" 68" 96" 23° / 27° Friday
Jan 20
7" 72" 119"
Saturday
Jan 21
9" 63" 97" 23° / 24° Saturday
Jan 21
11" 75" 124"
Sunday
Jan 22
trace 63" 97" 20° / (24°) Sunday
Jan 22
0" 75" 124"
Monday
Jan 23
0" 60" 95" 24° / 29° Monday
Jan 23
0" 74" 123"
Tuesday
Jan 24
0" 60" 96" 36° /
(0")
Wednesday
Jan 25
trace 60" 96" 36° /
(0")
Thursday
Jan 26
2" 60" 98" 22° / 28° Thursday
Jan 26
2" 69" 118"
Got a late start from Wallace at 10:30 AM, but Jim and I still had our "six-pack" workout completed by a few minutes past noon. During this time, the weather went from light to heavy snowfall as the next storm moved in. While the new snow on the backside covered a noisy crusty surface, the new snow on the frontside was gently placed on a softer, more uniform surface. Thus the recently groomed Montana Face was very manageable, for example. We stayed on the groomed frontside for five of our six runs as we indulged our need for speed.
Friday
Jan 27
3" 65" 101" 24° / 25° Friday
Jan 27
4" 72" 121"
Wind Closure
@ 7:54 AM
7" 65" 108" 25° / 26° Saturday
Jan 28
10" 75" 128"
Sunday
Jan 29
12" 65" 108" 23° / 26° Sunday
Jan 29
14" 78" 132"
Wind Closure
@ 5:17 AM
10" 70" 117" 30° / 32° Monday
Jan 30
8" 82" 137"
A little sceptical about the warm weather, we were happy to experience snowfall rather than rain when we made first tracks down Keystone. The new 8" plus wind had smoothed everything over after the busy weekend, when two feet of wet snow fell. This made for invisible moguls, powder holes and other deceptions caused by flat light, mini-blizzards and icy glasses. It also made the Last Chance Glades very fun with knee deep challenges. I only fell once when a foot of powder unexpectedly became three, but four runs were enough.
Tuesday
Jan 31
4" 72" 120" 25° /
(15")
Wind Closure
@ 8:57 AM
3" 72" 120" 27° /
(6")
Thursday
Feb 2
trace 72" 120" 27° / 28° Thursday
Feb 2
5" 86" 143"
Friday
Feb 3
5" 77" 126" 31° / 29° Friday
Feb 3
8" 87" 145"
Wind Closure
@ 7:08 AM
trace 77" 126" 29° / 29° Saturday
Feb 4
" 87" 145"
Sunday
Feb 5
5" 78" 124" 21° / 24° Sunday
Feb 5
6" 90" 148"
Monday
Feb 6
0" 81" 125" 21° / (23°) Monday
Feb 6
0" 90" 148"
Tuesday
Feb 7
0" 81" 125" (27°) /
(0")
Wednesday
Feb 8
0" 81" 125" (35°) /
(1")
Thursday
Feb 9
0" 81" 125" 20° / 22° Thursday
Feb 9
skiff 88" 147"
Click to see more photos taken by Greg Marsh on Feb 9, 2005 In marked contrast to my last two ski experiences, today's snow surface was consistent and carefree. Most of the trails featured "hero corduroy" where one could stand tall, go fast and do no wrong. The expert Whitetail run down the backside was particularly well groomed and exhilarating. With blue sky overhead, no wind, temperatures in the mid-twenties and no lift lines, I danced down the mountain eight times by 10:30 AM, when my ride had to go sell a house.
Friday
Feb 10
0" 81" 125" 19° / 16° Friday
Feb 10
0" 88" 147"
Saturday
Feb 11
0" 81" 125" 23° / (19°) Saturday
Feb 11
0" 87" 146"
Sunday
Feb 12
0" 81" 125" 27° / 13° Sunday
Feb 12
0" 87" 146"
Monday
Feb 13
0" 81" 125" 27° / (28°) Monday
Feb 13
trace 85" 145"
Tuesday
Feb 14
5" 81" 125" 16° /
(4")
Wednesday
Feb 15
0" 81" 125" /
(0")
Thursday
Feb 16
3" 81" 125" 10° / 14° Thursday
Feb 16
trace 86" 147"
A group of us "die-hards" made six runs on perfect dry powder during the middle of a lightly snowing day... when the Lodge thermometer read 11° at 1 PM! The summit temperature was 7° colder and the backside was colder still. For almost the first time in my life, I tried to ski slowly (in order to keep the wind chill down). However, I still got ice-cream headaches without the ice cream, and was glad when my ride said "I can't feel my little fingers anymore, let's go home." Since Del was once the manufacturer of the world-famous, high-end "BatWaves" snowboarding mittens and was wearing one of his products, it was obviously wicked cold. Especially on the bottom half of the backside as the Montana cold front crept into Idaho.
Friday
OPEN @ 10:30
0" 81" 125" /
-14°
Friday
Feb 17
2" 87" 148"
Saturday
Feb 18
0" 81" 125" /
-5°
Saturday
Feb 18
0" 87" 148"
Sunday
Feb 19
0" 81" 125" / Sunday
Feb 19
0" 87" 148"
Presidents
Day
none 81" 125" (16°) / 14° Presidents
Day
0" 87" 148"
Jim and I made 7 quick runs from 10:30 to noon on "effortless" groomed runs. Actually lower Whitetail on the backside and the Idaho Face on the frontside did require some concentration because of the speed involved. Still had a wind-chilled face, but nothing like last Thursday. A full parking lot meant lots more people on the mountain, yet there were no long lift lines to fret about... especially on the backside where it was ski to the chair and sit down as usual. Speaking of handling resort crowds well, I should mention that a large improvement in the Lodge this year, besides the upstairs Pub that gets all the attention, is the new restroom and locker area in the basement. A good job done by local contractors!
With 100 inches more snow on top of Runt Mountain than last year at this time, it seems like this is the best ski season in recent memory. Is it? ... Almost. The 2001/2002 season still takes the recorded history prize. However, I can remember a season or two in the 90's when Lookout finished the season with more than 200 inches on top.
Pres. Day
2005
none 21" 42" 18° / 17° Pres. Day
2005
0" 23" 48"
Pres. Day
2004
1" 60" 78" 28° / 22° Pres. Day
2004
1" 78" 110"
Pres. Day
2003
8" n/r 64" 24° / 23° Pres. Day
2003
6" 55" 98"
Pres. Day
2002
1" 131" 161" 29° Pres. Day
2002
2" 106" 180"
Tuesday
Feb 21
trace 80" 120" 18° /
(trace)
Wednesday
Feb 22
trace 80" 120" 25° /
(2")
Thursday
Feb 23
3" 80" 120" 27° / 27° Thursday
Feb 23
4" 88" 152"
Jim and I made 10 fast runs on 6 inches of fairly dry powder, had coffee at the Pub and were back in Wallace at 12:02. It snowed the entire time, making visibility interesting, but the snow was forgiving and the temperature was "warm." The snow quality on the frontside was definitely better because of windblown surprises and actual wind present on the backside. Of the 8 frontside runs, our favorites were the trees between Gold and Silver, the side of Hoot Owl, and Last Chance Glades. However, even the deeply moguled Viagra (I mean Niagara) was... empowering. The winter storm warning in effect until 1 AM Friday means that I will have another "powder emergency" tomorrow morning.
Friday
Feb 24
3" 80" 120" 14° / 14° Friday
Feb 24
8" 92" 156"
As predicted, today was an awesome powder day. Blue sky, no wind, 8 more inches of powder, and no lift lines on either side. We again made 10 runs, had coffee at the Pub and were back in Wallace by noon. A big difference was that we stayed off the groomed runs for the most part, preferring to make first tracks down steep powder stashes found mainly on the frontside where prior wind pack was not an issue. The extra powder on Niagara made its nickname Viagra even more appropriate as I was able to drop down the fall line without my usual performance anxiety... twice. Cruisin' through the Lucky Friday and Last Chance Glades was sweet; the latter holding the deepest snow that we encountered all morning. It was knee deep and humorous when one of us fell ("I'm OK, but where is my other ski?"). My best tree skiing experience , however, was on the backside... but I'm not going to tell you where. Here is a hint: you won't find it by accident.
Saturday
Feb 25
0" 80" 120" 19° / (19°) Saturday
Feb 25
0" 92" 156"
Sunday
Feb 26
0" 75" 112" (33°) / (29°) Sunday
Feb 26
trace 90" 155"
Wind Closure
@ 8:50 AM
10" 75" 117" (31°) / (33°) Monday
Feb 27
5" 90" 155"
Tuesday
Feb 28
0" 75" 117" (35°) /
(3")
Wednesday
Mar 1
6" 77" 123" 27° /
(4")
Thursday
Mar 2
0" 77" 123" (31°) / 23° Thursday
Mar 3
0" 88" 148"
Following our usual Thursday practice, Jim and I made 10 runs, had coffee in the Pub and were back in Wallace by noon. The 7 inches that fell since Monday were wet and wind packed, so we stayed on groomed surfaces where we could ski aggressively on predictable corduroy. We did see one lift line... but the two people got on the chair before we got to them. On the backside we had the usual weekday "minus three liftline," where you let three chairs go by while you catch your breath and chat with the lonely lift operator. This phenomenon also happens at the larger Silver Mountain resort on weekdays. I have been skiing for 30 years; prior to moving here in 1993, I had skied at almost every New England, Utah, Colorado and Lake Tahoe resort, and never saw a -3 liftline (except at A-Basin in the '70's), but the 45 minute liftline was common. If you are currently happy spending big bucks to stand in line at a major ski area, don't bother coming to the Silver Valley. You might have too much fun for too little money.
Friday
Mar 3
trace 77" 123" (25°) / 27° Friday
Mar 3
" 87" 148"
Saturday
Mar 4
0" 77" 117" (30°) / 30° Saturday
Mar 4
0" 86" 147"
Sunday
Mar 5
1" 78" 118" 28° / 23° Sunday
Mar 5
1" 86" 147"
Monday
Mar 6
6" 78" 120" (32°) / 30° Monday
Mar 6
2" 87" 147"
Tuesday
Mar 7
4" 78" 120" 28° /
(4")
Wednesday
Mar 8
8" 84" 121" 24° /
(7")
Thursday
Mar 9
9" 84" 130" 18° / 19° Thursday
Mar 9
11" 98" 162"
I have avoided the use of the word "epic" until today. Today was an epic powder day. Light snowfall mixed with sun breaks and temperatures in the mid-twenties, combined with knee-deep "freshies" and no lift lines to make the best conditions found this year (and last year). We made our usual ten runs before noon, but seldom went near the ten groomed trails, preferring to travel thru the perfect ("hero") deep powder present everywhere else. All tree runs were magical slow-motion adventures, especially Lucky Friday and Last Chance Glades. One mental snapshot taken on the first chair up was the sight of a snowboarder, a skier, and a telemarker making first tracks down the Idaho Face, side-by-side with synchronicity, each getting his share of powder "face shots" in the knee deep fluff. The Silver Valley resorts are equal opportunity enjoyment centers.
Friday
Mar 10
18" 93" 139" 23° / 16° Friday
Mar 10
5" 99" 162"
Another glorious day on the mountain. Less powder but more sun. Excellent job of grooming on twenty trails with sparkling fluff on top of many of them. Still lots of uncut knee deep powder in secret stashes, but even the chopped powder was easy to fly through. For the first time this season, I switched my ride home and stayed to play all day: 16 runs with a barley pop lunch at 1 PM and total exhaustion by 3:00.
Saturday
Mar 11
7" 93" 137" 20° / 18° Saturday
Mar 11
trace 99" 162"
Another first, I'm skiing on Saturday... Yes! I bought my 2006/07 Season Pass today for $159 ($166.95 with tax), and as usual, it is good for the rest of this season as well! Rode to resort on the (free) Free Ski School bus (last of season) with out-of-town friends. What a great and under utilized public service for locals and visitors alike! Showed my friends all the good stuff in 11 runs; they were awe struck by the terrain, conditions and view. They normally snowboard near Mt. Hood. While this was a very "crowded" day with the Free Ski School graduation and award ceremony and all, the lift lines were really not that bad (5 min max), and the slopes remained uncrowded and easy to ski. In fact, there still was untracked deep powder in the backside forest... if you knew where to look.
Sunday
Mar 12
0" 85" 133" 20° / 24° Sunday
Mar 12
0" 98" 162"
Monday
Mar 13
0" 85" 133" 19° / 14° Monday
Mar 13
0" 98" 162"
Tuesday
Mar 14
0" 84" 131" 25° /
(trace)
Wednesday
Mar 15
5" 86" 132" 20° /
(3")
Thursday
Mar 16
trace 86" 132" 25° / 21° Thursday
Mar 16
3" 99" 165"
Friday
Mar 17
0" 86" 132" 32° / 27° Friday
Mar 17
trace 99" 165"
Saturday
Mar 18
3" 86" 132" 32° / 28° Saturday
Mar 18
3" 100" 167"
Sunday
Mar 19
3" 90" 132" 34° / 27° Sunday
Mar 19
2" 100" 167"
Monday
Mar 20
0" 90" 132" 18° / 17° Monday
Mar 20
0" 98" 165"
I hitchhiked up and back today to make ten runs on superior snow: blemish-free firmly packed powder. Seven of my solitary runs were on the backside; on four of them, I saw only one person in front of me after leaving the top of the mountain... the lift operator. Seriously! Those of you who are content to ski Back East, or at popular places in the Rockies or Coastal Ranges where you must fight the crowds, should try to imagine how it feels to ski at top speed down a mile-long perfectly groomed run without seeing anyone else, only to arrive at a lift where six to twenty empty chairs have loaded ahead of you. Do this four times in a row, and you feel like royalty. So where are you going next season on your family ski vacation? To a big name resort where you can stand around for a lot of money, or to the Silver Valley where you can ski or ride to your heart's content at two resorts and have money left over?
Tuesday
Mar 21
0" 86" 127" 25° /
(trace)
Wednesday
Mar 22
trace 84" 127" 27° /
(")
Thursday
Mar 23
0" 82" 125" 35° / 24° Thursday
Mar 23
0" 92" 160"
Jim and I got a late start, so we only did nine perfect runs before returning to Wallace by noon. However, what a fine set of runs they were! I remember that the term "Spring Skiing" Back East and elsewhere meant that things were getting sketchy with ice, rocks and emerging vegetation at strategic junctions. Not here! Nothing but uniform, yet temperature sensitive, surfaces to play on. "Firm" (but NOT icy) giving way to "soft" (but NOT mushy) as the sun warmed the day. The freshly groomed Montana Face was easily exhilerating and Cloud 9 provided its usual dual rush: scenic overload at maximum overdrive.
Friday
Mar 24
0" 82" 125" 43° / 32° Friday
Mar 24
0" 90" 159"
Saturday
Mar 25
0" 82" 125" 30° / 32° Saturday
Mar 25
1" - 5" 90" 162"
Sunday
Mar 26
7" 87" 130" 27° / 26° Sunday
Mar 26
6" 95" 168"
Today was "Season Pass Holder Appreciation Day" so all us regulars got a free lunch. Thanks, Phil! I was with die-hards Del and Jim (et al) who began the day by saying "Let's pound The Face a couple of times to warm up." One pounding on steep foot-deep (heavy) powder was enough for me and I retreated to play amongst my favorite backside trees. Later they found me and dragged me down "never-groomed" Niagara. I made a dozen runs all together and got a VERY good workout in the process. I finally "fell" on my last run through Last Chance Glades, after having several tense moments earlier. Actually my fall was just a goofy "sit-down" when my skis abruptly stopped moving as I tried to turn in a deep patch of "Sierra Cement." No harm done, but we were all exhausted and ready to leave by 1 PM. This was the 101st day of operation for BOTH Lookout Pass AND Silver Mountain. What a wonderful season... that is not over yet!
Monday
Mar 27
3" 87" 132" 28° / 23° Monday
Mar 27
0" 95" 168"
Tuesday
Mar 28
0" 87" 132" 33° /
(0")
Wednesday
Mar 29
0" 87" 132" 34° /
(trace)
Thursday
Mar 30
0" 87" 132" 34° / 34° Thursday
Mar 30
0" 90" 162"
Friday
Mar 31
trace 79" 123" 34° / 32° Friday
Mar 31
" 90" 162"
Saturday
Apr 1
trace 79" 123" 35° / 30° Saturday
Apr 1
0" 85" 158"
Sunday
Apr 2
4" 84" 127" 27° / 24° Sunday
Apr 2
1" - 3" 85" 159"
Jim, Del and I made twelve runs on a beautiful spring morning characterized by blue sky, scattered clouds, picturesque valley fog and warm gentle breezes. The frontside softened first, making Silver and Copper our favorite groomed runs. Early backside runs on firm skier packed surfaces covered with variable amounts of fluff were intense concentration and leg muscle workouts. After the lifts had been open for an hour, I asked the backside lift operator how many people he had seen on such a beautiful day. He said "Well, there was a group of six, and you three, and one other. Ten... about the same as yesterday at this time." As we were driving out of the parking lot at 11:30, however, we noticed that a lot more people were arriving, possibly to compete in the Annual Slush Cup at 1:00. Unlike in some previous years, the "can-you-get-across-it" spectator sport will require engineering... and water. There is no natural slush... or ice... or dirt... on the mountain; all the slopes are totally unblemished. Spring Skiing at its best! Come and get it!
Monday
Apr 3
0" 84" 127" 34° / 30° Monday
Apr 3
0" 85" 159"
Tuesday
Apr 4
0" 78" 123" 37° /
(0")
Wednesday
Apr 5
0" 77" 122" 38° /
(0")
Thursday
Apr 6
0" 75" 117" 37° / 37° Thursday
Apr 6
0" 76" 152"
Friday
Apr 7
3" 77" 120" 32° / 30° Friday
Apr 7
trace 72" 150"
Saturday
Apr 8
0" 73" 120" 41° / 31° Saturday
Apr 8
0" 72" 150"
Sunday
Apr 9
1" 73" 121" 30° / 32° Sunday
Apr 9
trace 68" 150"
Jim, Del and I started at 8:30 and had 11 runs completed by 11:11 on this, the 111th and last day of skiing at Lookout Pass. It was a wonderful season, where I managed to get out on the slopes 24 times! Last season, Lookout was only open 83 days and I only skied a dozen times. Today we began by making FIVE runs down Rainbow Ridge under a gentle, big-flake snowfall. The totally consistent surface of new fluff on recently groomed corduroy made for playful, carefree descents. Jim was making his impressive one-legged turns and I was doing my peculiar penguin walk in spite of snow covered goggles and glasses. After four runs, I asked the lift operator how many people he had seen so far. "One other party of five" was the answer. So eight of us were sharing five mile-long trails where else in America could you have this experience? When we went to the frontside, we found that the surface was not as uniform, and it was way more crowded... you could actually see other people from the chair. They looked like they were having fun also. You should think about joining us next season! We have room for you.
Saturday
Apr 15
4" 74" 124" 30° /
Saturday
Apr 22
0" 74" 124" 33° /
Saturday
Apr 29
0" 58" 112" 46° /
118 Days Open in 2005/2006 season 111
97 Days Open in 2004/2005 season 83
136 Days Open in 2003/2004 season 104
101 Days Open in 2002/2003 season 69
90 Days Open in 2001/2002 season 80
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