2008/2009 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

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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
and today's Snow Report for operation confirmation.
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
and today's Snow Report for operation confirmation.
92 Days Open in 2008/2009 season as of
April 25, 2009
93
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 (new snowfall) number records new snow when a resort is closed.
Date 24 hr
New
at
Lodge
at
Summit
temp
°F
Date 24 hr
New
at
Lodge
at
Summit
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/ 23° Saturday
Dec 13
10" 14" 25"
18 trails on front side open; 15 groomed

/ -7° Sunday
Dec 14
2" 16" 28"

/ -6° Monday
Dec 15
trace 16" 28"
Thursday
Dec 18
22" 25" 37" 20° / 17° Thursday
Dec 18
24" 28" 44"
chair 1 & 2 open; 13 runs open, 3 groomed
Friday
Dec 19
7" 26" 37" 12° / 13° Friday
Dec 19
9" 36" 52"
Saturday
Dec 20
8" 26" 37" (11°) / Saturday
Dec 20
1" 36" 52"
chair 4 open; 31 runs open, 5 groomed chair 2 open; 28 runs open, 18 groomed
Sunday
Dec 21
2" 26" 40" (20°) / Sunday
Dec 21
1" 36" 52"
Monday
Dec 22
5" 31" 50" (23°) / 14° Monday
Dec 22
6" 37" 54"
Tuesday
Dec 23
2" 30" 32" 11° / 10° Tuesday
Dec 23
3" 38" 55"
Wednesday
Dec 24
3" 33" 35" 14° / 16° Wednesday
Dec 24
4" 38" 56"
Christmas
Dec 25
8" 41" 43" 16° / 21° Christmas
Dec 25
14" 45" 62"
5 lifts open; 43 trails open, 17 groomed chair 3 open; all trails open, 20 groomed
Friday
Dec 26
2" 29" 48" 14° / 18° Friday
Dec 26
3" 46" 64"
Saturday
Dec 27
3" 32" 51" 20° / 20° Saturday
Dec 27
4" 47" 65"
Sunday
Dec 28
8" 40" 59" 26° / 31° Sunday
Dec 28
14" 52" 73"
all lifts open; 51 trails open, 19 groomed 9" overnight, all trails open, 22 groomed
Monday
Dec 29
5" 40" 55" 27° / 25° Monday
Dec 29
6" 54" 75"
Tuesday
Dec 30
5" 45" 60" 19° / 21° Tuesday
Dec 30
9" 58" 80"
Wednesday
Dec 31
3" 49" 64" (19°) / (29°) Wednesday
Dec 31
6" 60" 82"
It is dangerous to have an office that looks down on the Center of the Universe. Del and Jim kidnapped me at 1:41 PM and didn't return me until 4:11 PM. In two and a half hours, they made five runs spread amongst the three lifts, while I got my bindings checked, skis waxed, photo taken, ski pass made and two front side trails skied. Then we all met for coffee at the Loft, where we agreed that living in Wallace Rocks! My runs under light snowfall ranged from groomed trails where baby moguls were birthing from dense skier-packed powder to untracked boot-high nature-packed powder under the trees in the Gold/Silver Glades. It was all good!
  New Year
2009
4" 49" 64" 19° / 22° New Year
2009
8" 64" 85"
Q: So how are we doing this year from a historical perspective?
A: In spite of the mid-December openings, we are quickly catching up with last year's snow depths, and may be in the running to match the stellar 2001/02, 2006/07 and 2007/08 seasons. Currently we are the most similar to the 2003/04 season.
New Year
2008
0" 42" 86" 20° / 12° New Year
2008
2" 74" 105"
New Year
2007
0" 62" 79" 28° / 23° New Year
2007
0" 72" 106"
New Year
2006
5" - 10" 20" 45" 29° / 30° New Year
2006
6" 33" 64"
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"
Friday
Jan 2
6" 55" 70" 27° / 28° Friday
Jan 2
14" 72" 91"
Saturday
Jan 3
6" 61" 76" / Saturday
Jan 3
6" 72" 93"
night skiing to 8 PM; 22 groomed trails 24 groomed trails
Sunday
Jan 4
0" 36" 68" 18° / 17° Sunday
Jan 4
½" 70" 91"
Monday
Jan 5
3" 39" 71" 23° / 20° Monday
Jan 5
3" 72" 93"
Click to see 1024 pixel wide screen shot in separate window Went with Jim and Del on another five run romp at noon under light to moderate snowfall. Lots of untracked powder if you knew where to find it. The packed powder on groomed trails was easy to manage, with the untracked snow along the edges a nice variation. As usual, however, the deepest powder was found in the Lucky Friday and Last Chance Glades, which face east at the Pass.
Tuesday
Jan 6
5" 44" 76" 25° /
(7")
Wednesday
Jan 7
1" 44" 76" 30° /
(10")
CLOSED
by rain
3" 33" 72" 30° / 35° CLOSED
by rain
0" 64" 89"
I have only lived here for 16 years, but this has been my oddest year yet weatherwise; old timers tend to agree that recently the weather has been very unusual. Global warming notwithstanding, we were much colder than usual up here in north Idaho during 2008. My experience had been that it was safe to say that ONCE a winter we will see single digit temperatures and ONCE a summer we will see triple digit temperatures. Last year, people were still skiing at Silver Mountain on June 1, and there were only six days over 90 degrees during the summer, with the hottest one merely reaching 95 °F. After a pleasant fall, December began with a vengeance: no snow and temperatures near ZERO °F for more than a week. This was followed by a series of huge snowfalls that buried Spokane and Coeur d'Alene, as well as the Silver Valley. By the end of December, Spokane had a seen 61½" of snow fall and many buildings collapse. Normally, Spokane averages 48 inches per winter! Now we are watching 1½ inches of rain fall on a day expected to reach 47 °F. We are all hoping to get back to normal winter conditions soon. Read the Snowfall Logs and Commentaries from prior seasons to see what January is normally like and check the weather on Mullan Pass to see what is happening now.
2001/02 2002/03 2003/04 2004/05 2005/06 2006/07 2007/08
Friday
Jan 9
9" 42" 81" 25° / 26° Friday
Jan 9
6" 64" 89"
Saturday
Jan 10
0" 42" 78" 23° / 26° Saturday
Jan 10
0" 64" 89"
Sunday
Jan 11
2" 44" 80" 28° / 28° Sunday
Jan 11
2" 64" 89"
Monday
Jan 12
0" 44" 80" 34° / 29° Monday
Jan 12
trace 64" 89"
Tuesday
Jan 13
0" 44" 80" (36°) /
Wednesday
Jan 14
0" 44" 80" 34° /
Thursday
Jan 15
0" 44" 80" 34° / 30° Thursday
Jan 15
0" 59" 85"
Friday
Jan 16
0" 33" 75" (34°) / 22° Friday
Jan 16
0" 59" 85"
Saturday
Jan 17
0" 33" 75" 32° / 19° Saturday
Jan 17
0" 58" 84"
Sunday
Jan 18
0" 33" 70" 34° / 20° Sunday
Jan 18
0" 58" 84"
The three aspects of the expanded ski area were especially unique today. A river of freezing fog was was still flowing over the pass from Montana and cascading down into the Silver Valley as we drove up the grade to the ski area about 10 AM. As the camera/phone photo shows, the frigid river was still flowing at 1:15 PM. The effect of this was that when the temperature at the Lodge was 20°, the temperature at the top of the lift was 34°! I made 15 runs during the day and found the following to be true:
  • chair #1, brutal wind; perfect coverage everywhere with no obstacles
  • Chair #2, gentle breeze; good coverage with some stumps emerging on steeps
  • Chair #3, wind started half way up; several emerging stumps, but never a problem as they were always two turns or more away
  • ice was never seen or felt on well packed powder surfaces
  • the trees never lost their eerie hoar frost mantles
  • bright sunshine was occasionally found at the top of the mountain
  • my calf muscles are still pleasantly sore a day later
MLK Day
Jan 19
0" 33" 70" 46° / 22° MLK Day
Jan 19
0" 58" 84"

Since Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday (January 15, 1929) is observed each year on the following Monday, the relative snow levels on this holiday could be called a "fuzzy" benchmark. However, it is clear that we are having a very odd season: very cold with little snow, then lots of very wet snow, and now no snow at all for a week. Notice from the graph that last year (blue line) went from average (green line) to record breaking at about this time. However, snowfall in the 2006/07 season (red line) went in the other direction in a dramatic way beginning at the end of January. At this point in the current season (black line), we are horizontal.

Enlarge the updated graph (in a separate window) from the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Idaho.

MLK Day
Jan 21
2008
0" 55" 103" -6° /
-3°
MLK Day
Jan 21
2008
0" 84" 121"
MLK Day
Jan 15
2007
0" 66" 91" / MLK Day
Jan 15
2007
0" 93" 135"
MLK Day
Jan 16
2006
2" 52" 82" 20° / 23° MLK Day
Jan 16
2006
1" 65" 109"
MLK Day
Jan 17
2005
3" 34" 37" 32° / 32° MLK Day
Jan 17
2005
3" 44" 85"
MLK Day
Jan 19
2004
2" 47" 57" 25° / 29° MLK Day
Jan 19
2004
2" 65" 92"
MLK Day
Jan 20
2003
0" 31" 50" 28° / 27° MLK Day
Jan 20
2003
0" 50" 82"
MLK Day
Jan 21
2002
6" 81" 102" 26° MLK Day
Jan 21
2002
10" 82" 135"

/ 19° Wednesday
Jan 21
0" 58" 84"
Thursday
Jan 22
0" 32" 67" 34° / 29° Thursday
Jan 22
0" 56" 82"
Friday
Jan 23
0" 32" 67" 25° / 22° Friday
Jan 23
0" 56" 82"
Saturday
Jan 24
0" 32" 67" 18° / 16° Saturday
Jan 24
0" 56" 82"
Sunday
Jan 25
0" 32" 67" 18° / Sunday
Jan 25
trace 56" 82"
Monday
Jan 26
0" 32" 67" (18)° / Monday
Jan 26
trace 56" 82"

(5") / 21° Wednesday
Jan 28
11" 62" 87"
Finally, the perfect day I've been waiting for. I made 18 runs that began on untracked powder in stationary fog and ended on perfectly packed powder in light snowfall. During the day, blue sky and bright sunshine provided weather treats and wool mittens were sufficient. While the new powder was very dry, one was usually aware that hardpack lay beneath it. When skiing with friends in the morning, the deepest powder was again found in the Lucky Friday and Last Chance Glades, but when skiing alone in the afternoon, I preferred to meander amongst the trees on either side of Rainbow Ridge. All and all, a perfect day... except that there were no lift lines! Don't get me wrong, I love to ski directly into a chairlift and immediately sit down, a very common experience at Lookout Pass on a weekday. But I don't need or want to see ten empty chairs ahead of me. Especially when the management has taken the risk of opening the mountain on Wednesday, a history making decision that I want them to feel good about. So when at 3 PM, I ask the Montana Chair operator "How many of us are currently enjoying these five [mile-long] runs?" and he replies "Less than a dozen," I'm bummed! Wake up, Spokane and Missoula winter sport enthusiasts: help us locals out next Wednesday by skiing and riding with us. It will be worth your drive!
Thursday
Jan 29
0" 37" 72" 27° / 24° Thursday
Jan 29
trace 62" 87"
Friday
Jan 30
0" 37" 72" 30° / 24° Friday
Jan 30
trace 62" 87"
Saturday
Jan 31
0" 32" 66" 25° / 28° Saturday
Jan 31
0" 62" 87"
Sunday
Feb 1
0" 32" 66" 20° / 16° Sunday
Feb 1
0" 60" 85"
Monday
Feb 2
3" 35" 69" 25° / 26° Monday
Feb 2
3" 62" 87"
Unexpected snowfall drove Del and I to the Pass by 10 AM to make 8 runs by noon under variable conditions. Cloud 9 on the Montana side and Marmot on the north side were groomed and easy to ski or ride. Other ungroomed runs were certainly fun, but tricky because the new snow mingled with hardpack in unpredictable ways. I accepted my first low-impact fall of the season with grace on Keystone; a binding released perfectly when I made too sharp a turn on the steeps, so the only harm done was to my ego. This was not a bad thing to happen as I tend to be a bit too cocky on warm and partly sunny days. There were a couple of bus loads of kids on the mountain, yet there was never a lift line. Wind, ice and obstacles were also missing and good times were had by all.

/ 30° Wednesday
Feb 4
1" 62" 87"
Thursday
Feb 5
0" 35" 69" 37° / 30° Thursday
Feb 5
0" 59" 84"
Friday
Feb 6
2" 37" 71" 30° / 32° Friday
Feb 6
2" 57" 82"
Jim and I made 7 quick runs by 10:45, when coffee in the Loft became more attractive than skiing in ever increasing snowfall. Two inches of fresh wet snow spread evenly on twenty-four machine groomed trails made decisions difficult: it was all good. Cloud 9 and Marmot were again favorites, but snow quality was consistent everywhere we went: silky smooth with no hidden complications. While a couple of emerging stumps were seen, none were felt. However, when the morning went from foggy to soggy, we decided to call it a day, happy to see winter "re-booted." There should be a lot of new snow for the Eighth Annual BIG AIR Contest on Sunday, when the GRAND PRIZE will be a CAR!
Saturday
Feb 7
4" 38" 74" 25° / 24° Saturday
Feb 7
3" 59" 84"
Sunday
Feb 8
0" 38" 74" 25° / 22° Sunday
Feb 8
trace 58" 84"
Monday
Feb 9
0" 38" 74" 25° / 26° Monday
Feb 9
trace 58" 84"

(3") /
(3")

(trace) / 18° Wednesday
Feb 11
trace 58" 84"
I made 12 solitary runs in light snowfall before hitching a ride back to Wallace about 2 PM. Snow quality was generally good as the new stuff fell Monday/Tuesday when it was cold and the base was well groomed to start with. I tried a little bit of everything, even venturing into the mellow trees that face the Saint Regis Lake Basin: powder on crust... but not that unmanageable. Caution was a small price to pay for the aesthetics of solitude. Marmot and Red Dog were great North Side workouts as usual, with the latter having the most untracked powder. However, at 10:30 when the lift operator told me that I was the fourth person he had seated since opening the North Side, I was again sad that more people were not enjoying BONUS WEDNESDAY with me. First 100 tickets are $20 each on BONUS WEDNESDAYS. Season Pass holders from other areas receive $10 off an adult all day lift ticket. This is the best deal in the Pacific Northwest!
Thursday
Feb 12
1" 38" 74" 23° / 23° Thursday
Feb 12
2" 59" 84"
Friday
Feb 13
skiff 35" 70" 25° / 23° Friday
Feb 13
1" 59" 84"
Saturday
Feb 14
0" 35" 70" 21° / 21° Saturday
Feb 14
trace 59" 84"
Sunday
Feb 15
1" 35" 70" 21° /
21°
Sunday
Feb 15
2" 59" 85"
Pres. Day
Feb 16
skiff 35" 70" 25° /
24°
Pres. Day
Feb 16
2" 59" 85"

As shown by the graph of the Snow Water Equivalent, this season is way below average in the amount of snowfall measured at Lookout Pass Ski Area by Idaho's Natural Resources Conservation Service. However, as shown by the chart below, we are still better off than in the spring of 2005, when only the front side of the resort was open and my commentary began: "Seven afternoon runs were made under perfect spring conditions... in the middle of February." I am not lucky enough to be skiing today, but a walk thru Wallace makes me believe that I'd say the identical thing today... except I'd be talking about machine groomed and skier packed powder on all 24 runs on the three aspects of Runt Mountain.

As an example of a more typical February ski day, see what happened about this time last year!

Enlarge the updated graph (in a separate window) from the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Idaho.

Pres. Day
Feb 18
2008
0" 85" 126" 23° / 20° Pres. Day
Feb 18
2008
0" 112" 168"
Pres. Day
Feb 19
2007
4½" 66" 93" 21° / 25° Pres. Day
Feb 19
2007
4" 84" 131"
Pres. Day
Feb 20
2006
0" 81" 125" 16° / 14° Pres. Day
Feb 20
2006
0" 87" 148"
Pres. Day
Feb 21
2005
0" 21" 42" 18° / 17° Pres. Day
Feb 21
2005
0" 23" 48"
Pres. Day
Feb 16
2004
1" 60" 78" 28° / 22° Pres. Day
Feb 16
2004
1" 78" 110"
Pres. Day
Feb 17
2003
8" n/r 64" 24° / 23° Pres. Day
Feb 17
2003
6" 55" 98"
Pres. Day
Feb 18
2002
1" 131" 161" 29° Pres. Day
Feb 18
2002
2" 106" 180"
Tuesday
Feb 17
0" 35" 70" 28° /
(1")
Wednesday
Feb 18
0" 35" 70" 27° / 28° Wednesday
Feb 18
½" 58" 84"
Thursday
Feb 19
0" 35" 70" 24° / 26° Thursday
Feb 19
1" 58" 85"
Friday
Feb 20
0" 35" 70" 28° / 26° Friday
Feb 20
trace 56" 84"
Saturday
Feb 21
0" 35" 70" 27° / 18° Saturday
Feb 21
0" 55" 82"
Sunday
Feb 22
0" 35" 70" 37° / 26° Sunday
Feb 22
0" 55" 82"
Monday
Feb 23
skiff 35" 67" 32° / 35° Monday
Feb 23
0" 54" 82"
from their morning email: "Lots of snow in the forecast for the next few days. Spend Powder Thursday with us and enjoy two days accumulation of untracked snow." from their snow report: "SNOW IN THE FORECAST for the balance of the week with up to 8" on Tuesday. We're operating on our regular Thursday thru Monday schedule and will reopen on PHAT POWDER THURSDAY!"

(Yes) /
(3")

(Yes) /
(10")
CLOSED by
gondola work
24" 37" 70" 28° / 29° Thursday
Feb 26
14" 67" 100"
from their snow report: "Unfortunately, we will NOT be open on Thursday due to scheduled lift maintenance that is taking longer than anticipated." Pulling into the parking lot at 8:45 AM, I was perversely delighted to see a long lift line stretching uphill toward the Lodge, waiting for Chair 1 to open at 9 AM. The place was crowded for three good reasons
  • 27 inches of untouched fresh powder had accumulated since Monday,
  • season pass holders from ALL other areas skied FREE today, and
  • Silver Mountain was closed by bad luck today.
I made just two sets of three exhilarating yet exhausting runs that ranged from calf-deep skier-packed powder (Whitetail) to thigh-deep untracked powder (Silver). Altho I managed to avoid falling, I did stage a couple of brutal "stand-up comedy routines." That happens when you are making nice slow turns down through the beautiful thigh-deep powder and then, all of a sudden, you hit a spot where the snow is at your waist and you are no longer moving... yet you are still facing downhill. So while you are not "wallowing" on your back trying to locate equipment (like many other mirth-providers on the hill today), you are presented with a totally engrossing physics problem that takes an enormous amount of energy to solve. They dug out Chair 3 by about 10 AM, and I had a predictably good time on Marmot... however, I almost fell when I rounded the bottom corner and saw a lift line stretching up hill to the bottom of Big Dipper across the way. It was the first crowd that I had seen at the new chair, but it couldn't have happened to a nicer mountain!
And tomorrow, THREE CANS OF FOOD donated to the Food Bank gets you a FREE lift ticket! Wow, food for fun; what a deal!
Friday
Feb 27
12" 47" 82" 18° / 19° Friday
Feb 27
7" 68" 102"
Saturday
Feb 28
0" 47" 82" 23° / 26° Saturday
Feb 28
1" 68" 102"
Sunday
Mar 1
0" 56" 96" 30° / 36° Sunday
Mar 1
0" 67" 101"
Monday
Mar 2
0" 56" 96" 40° / 34° Monday
Mar 2
0" 67" 101"

(3") /
(3")

(0") /
(0")
Thursday
Mar 5
8" 50" 90" 25° / 27° Thursday
Mar 5
3" 70" 105"
In marked contrast to last week's Powder Thursday, there was no lift line at 9:00 AM. There was a blizzard instead. I was dressed for it, however, and the first two runs through boot-deep powder were fun... altho at times I felt like I was back in differential equations class trying to determine dx/dt. Am I moving or am I not? And where is downhill again? Twice, vertigo made me stop to collect my wits and nerve. Then I realized that I was TOO well dressed. In particular, my excellent face mask was channeling all my body's steam exhaust out my eye sockets onto the inside of my glasses, inside my goggles. In a flash of insight, I discovered that 20/650 vision is WAY BETTER than uncertain vision. Thus, my next three runs were much more relaxed: things were fuzzy but they had depth. On the Montana side, wind was busy filling in Keystone's mogul fields, to give untracked smooth surfaces filled with little surprises. My taste of the trees between Cloud 9 and Rainbow Ridge made me think that they are not quite "soup" yet. However, on the North Side, Marmot was its usual perfect-pitch perfect-depth calm self. Still, five runs were enough for a snowy day; Jim and I were back in Wallace by 11:30, ready to get down to business.
  Friday
Mar 6
12" 56" 96" 23° / 15° Friday
Mar 6
17" 80" 117"
I made 21 runs on this EPIC POWDER DAY. In other words, I dropped nearly four vertical miles through knee-deep dry powder. The temperature got down to 10° last night, drying out yesterday's snowfall and yielding what I call "hero" powder. I spent most of my time slow dancing in my favorite forest on the Montana side, finding private pathways through the trees, pushing bow waves of snow three feet ahead of me. Keystone and Cloud 9 were unique in the morning because there was a choice between a groomed surface down the middle and knee-deep powder to either side. By mid-afternoon, these runs were high-speed cruisers. I only fell once, but let me dress it up as a "summersault stop." I lost my balance on Marmot in knee-deep chopped-powder ("skier crud"), fell forward, executed a tuck-and-roll, watched my skis travel across the blue sky, and stood up. I took off my glasses, trying to look casual, blew a snowflake from the lens, and looked up and down the steep slope for other moving dark objects, but saw none. Putting the glasses back on didn't help; I had Marmot to myself in spite of the full parking lot. Where is the audience when you want one? On a later run down the same trail, I encountered "squeaky snow"... it sounded as if two marmots had hooky-bobbed onto my skis. Talkative little critters riding dry packed powder.
Saturday
Mar 7
trace 56" 96" 14° / 18° Saturday
Mar 7
1" 80" 118"
Sunday
Mar 8
7" 61" 101" 19° / 18° Sunday
Mar 8
8" 82" 121"
Monday
Mar 9
3" 57" 101" 10° / 16° Monday
Mar 9
4" 84" 123"

(8") /
(10")

(0") /
(0")
Thursday
Mar 12
0" 57" 101" 12° / 10° Thursday
Mar 12
6" 87" 128"
Friday
Mar 13
0" 57" 98" 27° / 17° Friday
Mar 13
0" 85" 126"
Saturday
Mar 14
0" 57" 98" 28° / 30° Saturday
Mar 14
0" 83" 124"
Sunday
Mar 15
5" 62" 99" 30° / 30° Sunday
Mar 15
7" 86" 127"
Monday
Mar 16
5" 67" 104" 21° / 25° Monday
Mar 16
11" 91" 133"

(n/r) /
(n/r)

(n/r) /
(n/r)
Thursday
Mar 19
2" 67" 104" 30° / 29° Thursday
Mar 19
0" 89" 131"
Friday
Mar 20
0" 67" 104" 43° / 32° Friday
Mar 20
0" 85" 126"
Saturday
Mar 21
0" 60" 99" 41° / 35° Saturday
Mar 21
0" 84" 125"
Sunday
Mar 22
1" 61" 100" 28° / 34° Sunday
Mar 22
1" 84" 125"
Monday
Mar 23
1" 61" 100" 30° / 27° Monday
Mar 23
2" 84" 126"

(0") /
(trace)

(0") /
(6")
Thursday
Mar 26
12" 61" 100" 16° / 12° Thursday
Mar 26
9" 90" 135"
Click to see 1600 pixel wide screen shot in separate window Enthusiasm got Jim and me to the resort at 8 AM, an hour before the lifts were to open, on a "bluebird" day with 15" of new snowfall during the previous 36 hours. While I never saw any blue birds, if there were any, they would have been invisible against the deep blue sky. By the grace of the lift operator, I was at the top of the mountain at 9:00 AM, taking this picture of the Saint Regis Lakes Basin at the top of Keystone, which offered a choice between untracked boot-deep powder (with a crust), or perfectly groomed corduroy (with icy grooves). Soon I discovered a different story under the trees, where yesterday's afternoon sun had not melted the new snowfall. Overnight temperatures in the teens kept the snow under the trees surrounding Rainbow Ridge uniformly dry and easy to manage. I stayed out of the steeper trees on the Front Side, not wanting to push my luck with variable conditions. After a while, the groomed runs softened up to perfection. By 10, Black Bear to Marmot on the North Side was an ideal cruiser. I noticed in passing that half of Marmot was left ungroomed for those willing to fall. I just wasn't in the mood; I got enough exercise making 17 runs without falling. The resort will now be open everyday thru April 5, and again on Saturday, April 11.
Friday
Mar 27
0" 62" 103" 28° / 28° Friday
Mar 27
0" 88" 132"
Saturday
Mar 28
0" 62" 103" 30° / 31° Saturday
Mar 28
trace 88" 131"
Sunday
Mar 29
3" 64" 105" 25° / 28° Sunday
Mar 29
4" 89" 133"
Monday
Mar 30
2" 66" 107" 27° / 25° Monday
Mar 30
5" 92" 136"
Tuesday
Mar 31
3" 69" 110" 28° / 28° Tuesday
Mar 31
3" 94" 137"
Wednesday
Apr 1
9" 69" 110" 28° / 26° Wednesday
April 1
5" 97" 140"
Thursday
Apr 2
2" 69" 110" 28° / 26° Thursday
Apr 2
3" 98" 141"
I missed my 8:30 ride to the Pass, but a kind off-duty employee got me there by 11:00 in return for gas money. I made 7 runs on my last day of the season in weather that varied from light to heavy snowfall, mixed with fog and sunshine. The snow on the other hand was consistently good. The boot-high powder under the trees was uniformly dry, while the machine groomed, skier packed snow on the major runs made turning fast and easy. Although knee-deep powder was found in the Last Chance Glades, my favorite tree runs were still between Cloud 9 and Rainbow Ridge. When skiing out-of-bounds west of Rainbow Ridge, I was again reminded of the first rule of backpacking: "do not lose elevation unnecessarily." In other words, I had a little walking to do after gliding effortlessly (and a little too steeply) through my private forest. It was welcome exercise, however, as I start my seasonal job as the county's Fire Mitigation Crew Boss on April 20th. While slogging through deep powder for fifteen minutes is trivial exercise when compared to clearing brush from steep hillsides ten hours a day, every workout helps... staying fit is this 61-year-old American's only health insurance policy. The resort's regular season closes Sunday, April 5, but they will reopen for a FREE day on Saturday, April 11.
Friday
Apr 3
2" 77" 118" 26° / 26° Friday
Apr 3
4" 101" 144"
Saturday
Apr 4
1" 68" 113" 25° / 27° Saturday
Apr 4
1" 101" 144"
Sunday
Apr 5
0" 68" 113" 30° / 28° Sunday
Apr 5
0" 101" 144"
Saturday
Apr 11
0" 68" 113" 27° / 34° Saturday
Apr 11
0" 72" 115"
73 trails open on Silver Saturday #1 (32 groomed) 24 groomed trails open for FREE skiing and riding
Saturday
Apr 18
0" 68" 113" 33° /

67 trails open on Silver Saturday #2 (23 groomed)

Leadman Triathlon '09 is April 25: a 1 mile ski/ride, 7-11 mile mountain bike ride and 4 mile run that is open to all.

  Saturday
April 25
2" 68" 113" 25° /

65 trails open on Silver Saturday #3 (22 groomed)

Final 08/09 Season Tally
Silver Mountain open 92 days           Lookout Pass open 93 days

This Snow Water Equivalent Graph dated May 6, 2009, brings us back to normal snowpack.
Lookout Pass SNOTEL Elevation 5140, Snow Water Equivalent
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128
178"
Days Open in 2007/2008 season
Maximum snow depth at summit
98
197"
132
117"
Days Open in 2006/2007 season
Maximum snow depth at summit
106
163"
118
139"
Days Open in 2005/2006 season
Maximum snow depth at summit
111
168"
97
80"
Days Open in 2004/2005 season
Maximum snow depth at summit
83
85"
136
85"
Days Open in 2003/2004 season
Maximum snow depth at summit
104
119"
101
111"
Days Open in 2002/2003 season
Maximum snow depth at summit
69
130"
90
209"
Days Open in 2001/2002 season
Maximum snow depth at summit
80
225"
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