2014/2015 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 click to move to top of data to move between the top and bottom of the data.
Greg Marsh
Ten Day Weather Forecasts for both Ski Areas
  A crude measure of each previous season is given by the maximum snow depth recorded at Lookout Pass's summit. The Season Recaps link leads to more summary information presented at the bottom of the page.
2001/2002 Snowfall Log
225"
2002/2003 Snowfall Log
130"
2003/2004 Snowfall Log
119"
2004/2005 Snowfall Log
85"
2005/2006 Snowfall Log
168"
2006/2007 Snowfall Log
163"
2007/2008 Snowfall Log
197"
2008/2009 Snowfall Log
144"
2009/2010 Snowfall Log
90"
2010/2011 Snowfall Log
192"
2011/2012 Snowfall Log
176"
2012/2013 Snowfall Log
139"
2013/2014 Snowfall Log
149"
2014/2015 Season Recap Season Recaps
 
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.
71 Days Open in 2014/2015 season as of
October 15, 2017
81
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.
Click on the animated color bars to move between the top and bottom of the data.
click to move to bottom of data
Date 24 hr
New
at
Lodge
at
Summit
temp
°F
Date 24 hr
New
at
Lodge
at
Summit
 
/ 13° Sunday
Nov 30
4" 10" 28"
 
/ 21° Thursday
Dec 4
1" 10" 28"
I rode up to the mountain with Jim, who met up with Mark for several Idaho Side runs, while I took my two pairs of skies to Dave at the Rental Shop for their annual inspection. I left my "new" Fisher XTR 175 skis to be tuned and torque tested. But after torque testing the bindings on my older, heavier K2's, I joined Jim and Mark for three runs under gentle snowfall on soft snow. The major runs were well groomed and free of most obstacles, but I did manage to take one fall. Not dramatic enough to lose a ski, but I did land on my left shoulder and left side of my head... and was immediately overjoyed to "feel" the true value of the helmet that I was "forced" to wear beginning on March 7, 2011. My shoulder felt the impact, my head did not. Thank you, Prime Timers, for buying me the helmet! Warm ears are immediately nice, but the real value of a helmet sometimes takes years to appreciate.

/ 32° Friday
Dec 5
3" 12" 31"
Saturday
Dec 6
0" 13" 24" 30° / 31° Saturday
Dec 6
0" 10" 29"
Sunday
Dec 7
2" 13" 24" 30° / 32° Sunday
Dec 7
1" 10" 29"

/ 30° Monday
Dec 8
1" 10" 29"
Saturday
Dec 13
4" 13" 26" 27° / 31° CLOSED
by rain
2" 8" 26"
Sunday
Dec 14
0" 13" 26" 25° / 28° Sunday
Dec 14
0" 8" 26"

/ 31° Thursday
Dec 18
1" 9" 26"

/ 32° Friday
Dec 19
2" 10" 27"
Saturday
Dec 20
8" 19" 33" 27° / 29° Saturday
Dec 20
7" 13" 31"
Sunday
Dec 21
3" 21" 35" 32° / 33° CLOSED
Avista power outage
13" 20" 41"
Monday
Dec 22
0" 21" 35" 25° / 29° Monday
Dec 22
1" 18" 37"
3 lifts operating, 17 trails open, 4 groomed click to enlarge photo in a separate window
Jim and I left Wallace around 9 AM and returned before noon after a fun time skiing on a deserted foggy mountain. The photo taken at 9:38 shows a single unknown skier enjoying the well groomed Idaho Side of Runt Mountain. Chair #2 was open and Rainbow Ridge was in good shape... until I got to the run-out to the lift, where obstacle avoidance provided a good thigh muscle workout. The rest of the morning I spent on groomed Front Side trails, being lazy and content with just four runs and the promise of better days ahead.
Tuesday
Dec 23
0" 12" 28" 22° / 25° Tuesday
Dec 23
0" 18" 37"
Wednesday
Dec 24
3" 15" 31" 29° / 31° Wednesday
Dec 24
7" 22" 43"
Christmas
Dec 25
4" 20" 37" 23° / 26°   Christmas
Dec 25
7" 23" 44"
6 lifts operating, 39 trails open, 10 groomed click to enlarge photo in a separate window
Del and I celebrated Christmas at Lookout Pass in different ways. While I made six runs in less than two hours on all aspects of Runt Mountain, he went cross-country skiing east of the resort as physical therapy for a torn leg muscle. On my first run, I found Cloud Nine to be in great condition. As shown, even the bottom steeps of Keystone had good coverage. The boot-deep powder in the Rainbow Woods was wonderful twice, but staying too long in the forest the first time lead me into a land of bushes and fallen trees where open powder glades will appear later. Stepping around "situations" was required, but not difficult. Marmot was fun as long as care was taken to avoid emerging rocks, especially on the run-out to Chair #3. Front side runs Black Bear, Silver and Bonanza were flawless light powder delights as expected.
Friday
Dec 26
0" 20" 37" 19° / 24° Friday
Dec 26
2" 23" 44"
Saturday
Dec 27
0" 20" 37" 18° / 24° Saturday
Dec 27
0" 23" 44"
Sunday
Dec 28
12" 30" 47" 17° / 25° Sunday
Dec 28
17" 30" 55"
6 lifts operating, 52 trails open, 14 groomed While Del spent time teaching a friend to snowboard, I made three runs in the midst of lots of happy people during a snowstorm. There was much enthusiasm in the noon day crowd as this year has started slowly when compared to normal seasons. Check out Christmas Eve in 2012 and most dramatically December 2, 2006. However my enthusiasm was muted by the ten minute lift lines and the other people on my runs... It was thus a love/hate situation for me. I love the fact that the resort was crowded because I am looking forward to the addition of two lifts accessing Eagle Peak. This will require continued resort prosperity, but personally, I hate to stand in line and dodge other thrill seekers on the slopes. So in spite of the calf-deep powder in the trees (still a bit tricky) and the easy machine-groomed people packed powder on the runs, I was content to call it a day when Del was done with his lesson.
Monday
Dec 29
7" 35" 50" / 12° Monday
Dec 29
8" 33" 58"
Tuesday
Dec 30
0" 35" 50" / Tuesday
Dec 30
0" 33" 58"
Wednesday
Dec 31
0" 35" 50" / Wednesday
Dec 31
0" 33" 58"
  New Year
2015
0" 35" 50" / New Year
2015
0" 33" 58"
Q: So how are we doing this year from a historical perspective?
A: Similar to last year, we had a slow start to this ski season. Thanks to one major dump just prior to the current cold snap, Lookout has accumulated slightly more snow at the summit of Runt Mountain by New Year's day. Sadly, as shown in the table below, this early season is the second leanest since I began recording Silver Valley ski conditions fourteen years ago. While Midwest and New England states were brutalized by huge deadly "polar vortex" winter storms in November and December, we remained wet and warm for entirely too long. Thankfully northern Idaho weather patterns tend to even out during the season. Check out the amazing photos taken at Silver Mountain on Silver Sunday, May 13, 2012, to see how dramatically snow levels can change in a season that started slow. To stay on top of seasonal variations, you should bookmark both my weather and snowfall forecast pages.
Greg Marsh
New Year
2014
2" 28" 45" 28° / 24° New Year
2014
2" 29" 49"
New Year
2013
0" 36" 58" 16° / 19° New Year
2013
0" 53" 94"
New Year
2012
1" 35" 51" 25° / 24° New Year
2012
0" 42" 64"
New Year
2011
0" 46" 69" / (5°) New Year
2011
trace 50" 92"
New Year
2010
1" 20" 45" 30° / 29° New Year
2010
4" 38" 67"
New Year
2009
4" 49" 64" 19° / 22° New Year
2009
8" 64" 85"
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
0" 35" 50" 18° / 19° Friday
Jan 2
1" 33" 58"
  Saturday
Jan 3
4" 35" 50" 18° / 21° Saturday
Jan 3
7" 35 61"
6 lifts operating, 51 trails open, 16 groomed click to enlarge photo in a separate window
As expected, the resort was very popular again today. A warm temperature and 3 inches of fresh powder overnight brought a good crowd to the mountain. A crowd that Jim, Ron and I missed because we got started early. I got on Chair #1 at 8:47 and returned to my locker at 11:07, after making seven runs, six of which were on the Montana Side. The deep powder in the trees to the right of Rainbow Ridge, as shown in the photo, occupied most of our time. This cross-country area is outside the resort and requires local insight to navigate without mishap.
Sunday
Jan 4
3" 35" 50" 19° / 25° Sunday
Jan 4
3" 36" 62"
Monday
Jan 5
17" 38" 65" 30° / 31° Monday
Jan 5
21" 42" 71"

/
(2")

/ 29° Wednesday
Jan 7
0" 42" 71"
Thursday
Jan 8
0" 38" 65" 32° / 30° Thursday
Jan 8
0" 42" 71"
Friday
Jan 9
0" 38" 65" 25° / 19° Friday
Jan 9
0" 42" 71"
Saturday
Jan 10
0" 38" 65" 28° / 24° Saturday
Jan 10
1" 42" 71"
  Sunday
Jan 11
4" 40" 67" 28° / 30° Sunday
Jan 11
5" 43" 72"
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While Del gave snowboard lessons to his friend, I made five runs between 1:30 and 3:00 on a pleasantly crowded overcast day. The machine groomed packed powder on the main trails was easy fun, but as the photo shows, travel through forests still requires care and concentration. While progress is possible on a four foot base, another couple of feet will make woodland passages carefree. Cloud Nine and Keystone were in good shape as expected; my one Front Side run, Black Bear to Gold, was sweet.
  Monday
Jan 12
2" 40" 67" 28° / 29° Monday
Jan 12
0" 43" 72"
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Jim and I arrived late on a glorious sunny day, but as normal on Mondays, we never felt crowded as we made six runs with Ron between 10:30 and noon. As shown, the combination of clouds and bright sunshine made for spectacular photography. The lure of backcountry skiing in the Saint Regis Basin is highlighted above, while the entrance to one of three Free Style Parks at the resort is emphasized below. This natural park, now called Rolling Thunder, was named Buzzards Valley when it was created in the late 1990's.
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/ 25° Wednesday
Jan 14
0" 43" 72"
Thursday
Jan 15
0" 40" 67" 28° / 28° Thursday
Jan 15
0" 43" 72"
Friday
Jan 16
3" 40" 67" 28° / 30° Friday
Jan 16
5" 44" 73"
Saturday
Jan 17
1" 40" 67" 26° / 24°   Saturday
Jan 17
1" 44" 73"

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I went to the resort mid-afternoon with Del and Crystal on a day when a skier-visit record was set, so I was prepared for a long lift line at 2:30. Snowfall, heavy at times, provided a good snow surface, but made for poor visibility. However, my problem was a sprained wrist acquired by falling when walking the icy frontage road between Silverton and Wallace last week. Thus an overly aggressive pole plant took me down. My next run without poles was completed successfully, but two runs was sufficient exercise. So I went and watched Del teach Crystal to snowboard on the bunny hill until the lift closed.

This Saturday set a new single day attendance record with 2,243 skier visits. Last Saturday, January 10, was a new single day Free Ski School record with 403 kids in attendance for Free lessons.

  Sunday
Jan 18
6" 45" 73" 32° / 34° Sunday
Jan 18
8" 47" 78"
  MLK Day
Jan 19
0" 45" 73" 27° / 29° MLK Day
Jan 19
2" 47" 78"

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. Using the snow depth at the summit of Runt Mountain at Lookout Pass as an arbitrary measure of the season, we are better off than on 2014 and 2012 MLK days, but normally we have more snow by this time in January.

Open the current LOOKOUT graph, in a separate window, from the Water and Climate Center, Natural Resources Conservation Service. The graph displays that while total precipitation is normal this year, our Snow Water Equivalent (SWE) is below the 1981-2010 average. Open the current graph from the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Idaho,
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HOWEVER, everything is relative, as shown by this January 20, 2015 screen capture from OnTheSnow.com. Lookout Pass has fifth highest snow depth on 2015 MLK Day.
So even in a lean year, little Lookout Pass rocks with the big boys.

MLK Day
Jan 20
2014
0" 55" 61" 27° / 20° MLK Day
Jan 20
2014
0" 47" 71"
MLK Day
Jan 21
2013
0" 37" 57" 33° / 32° MLK Day
Jan 21
2013
0" 64" 113"
MLK Day
Jan 16
2012
5" 37" 56" 10° / 13° MLK Day
Jan 16
2012
2" 46" 67"
MLK Day
Jan 17
2011
0" 54" 79" 32° / 34° MLK Day
Jan 17
2011
trace 54" 99"
MLK Day
Jan 18
2010
1" 25" 54" 32° / 32° MLK Day
Jan 18
2010
1" 47" 81"
MLK Day
Jan 19
2009
0" 33" 70" 46° / 22° MLK Day
Jan 19
2009
0" 58" 84"
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"

/ 17° Wednesday
Jan 21
0" 47" 78"
Thursday
Jan 22
0" 40" 45" 27° / 22° Thursday
Jan 22
0" 47" 78"
  Friday
Jan 23
1" 40" 45" 28° / 28° Friday
Jan 23
1" 47" 78"

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Jim and I drove to the mountain for early morning exercise and were happy to find no lift lines and no thin spots on well groomed trails. I sat down on a chair at 9:25 and reopened my locker at 11:05, seven runs later. We met up with Mark and played a bit in the trees, but for the most part we stayed on groomed trails, checking out all aspects of the mountain. Marmot on the the North Side was good all the way down, firm but fun. My experience today was very similar to the fun morning I had exactly one year ago.

Saturday
Jan 24
0" 40" 45" 35° / 36° Saturday
Jan 24
0" 46" 77"
Sunday
Jan 25
0" 40" 45" 37° / 39° Sunday
Jan 25
0" 44" 75"
Monday
Jan 26
0" 40" 45" 43° / 37° Monday
Jan 26
0" 42" 75"

/ 31° Wednesday
Jan 28
0 36" 65"
Thursday
Jan 29
0" 40" 45" 31° / 24° Thursday
Jan 29
0" 32" 57"
Friday
Jan 30
0" 40" 45" 29° / 21° Friday
Jan 30
0" 32" 57"
Saturday
Jan 31
0" 40" 45" 20° / 24° Saturday
Jan 31
0" 32" 57"
Sunday
Feb 1
0" 40" 45" 25°) / 27° Sunday
Feb 1
1" 32" 57"
Monday
Feb 2
3" 43" 48" 28° / 28° Monday
Feb 2
4" 34" 59"
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Jim and I took advantage of the new snow on an empty mountain to make six runs before noon. Four inches of overnight snow made the groomed runs on the Front Side perfect for graceful skiing; no thin or icy spots were encountered. Cloud 9 on the Montana Side, on the other hand, went from carefree to careful at the bottom constriction. Rainbow Ridge was flawless as expected, but the trees beside it will benefit from another half foot or more of dry powder. I love forest exploration... but only when conditions are perfect. Hopefully this storm will linger for a few days. The photo shows Jim at the top of Bonanza with Beacon Mountain in the background. Beacon Mountain is popular with both snowmobilers and telemarkers.

(4") /
(5")

/ 30° Wednesday
Feb 4
1" 37" 62"
Thursday
Feb 5
0" 46" 51" 34° / 32° Thursday
Feb 5
1" 37" 62"
Friday
Feb 6
0" 46" 51" 41° / 42° Friday
Feb 6
0" 36" 61"
Saturday
Feb 7
0" 46" 51" 35° / 36° Saturday
Feb 7
0" 34" 59"
Sunday
Feb 8
3" 46" 51" 34° / 35° Sunday
Feb 8
0" 32" 57"
Monday
Feb 9
1" 46" 51" 32° / 35° CLOSED
by rain
2" 32" 57"

/ 33° Wednesday
Feb 11
2" 33" 58"
Thursday
Feb 12
0" 46" 51" 40° / 35° Thursday
Feb 12
0" 32" 57"
Friday
Feb 13
0" (46") (51") 45° / 33° Friday
Feb 13
0" 31" 54"
Saturday
Feb 14
0" 32" 41" 33° / 35° Saturday
Feb 14
0" 29" 52"
Sunday
Feb 15
0" 32" 41" 29° / 30° Sunday
Feb 15
0" 27" 49"
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Del, Crystal and I left Wallace at noon on a beautiful day to find the resort in good condition... considering the depressing mild weather for mid-February. I got on Chair #1 at 12:30, made seven fun runs in a couple hours, and then watched Del teach Crystal snowboarding on the bunny hill (Chair #4). Thanks to Del's expertise and her natural ability, Crystal is ready for Huckleberry Ridge on her next day. The snow on Front Side groomers was for the most part firm, but not icy, fast, but not frightening. Skier-formed corn snow mitigated speed on otherwise smooth hard surfaces. Only Rainbow Ridge on the Montana Side is currently recommended as the steeps on the other runs have giant bare spots. However, the soft, yet not wet, snow on most of Rainbow made me go back for seconds... in spite of the fact that the run out to Chair #2 included bare spots to avoid. Chair #3 is temporarily closed as we wait for this warm dry spell to end.
  Pres. Day
Feb 16
0" 32" 41" 29° /
26°
Pres. Day
Feb 16
0" 26" 47"
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Del, Crystal and I again left Wallace about noon to enjoy perfect spring snow on a warm and sunny day; a far cry from last year's President's Day when 12 inches of new powder greeted us in the morning. While Del helped Crystal continue improving her snowboarding skills, I joined up with Mary Jane Bair for seven runs, four of which were on Rainbow Ridge. Although the run out to the chairlift required a brief transit thru brown snow, the trail to that point was PERFECT SPRING SNOW. The firmly-packed, but carveable smooth surface at the top of the trail gradually softened to yield soft corn snow by the bottom. I made a total of eight runs , catching up with Crystal and Del on Huckleberry Ridge. As you can see, even the heavy traffic areas continue to have good coverage.


Unlike last season, when our lackluster season dramatically improved in mid-February, we continue to be cursed with mild weather. Meanwhile the rest of the country, especially everything east of the Rockies, has been brutalized by winter storms and bitter cold. In November, Buffalo saw 6 feet of snow in three days; this month, Boston also saw 6 feet of snow fall in three days. Even my son and grandson in northern Florida saw snow fall this year. Today's graph of the Snow Water Equivalent (SWE) measured at Lookout Pass Ski Area by Idaho's Natural Resources Conservation Service as part of their Idaho Snow Survey Program, shows that we are average for total precipitation so far this year, but dreadfully behind on snow water equivalents. While this is a pleasure buster for winter sports enthusiasts, those of us with homes bordering the forest are more concerned about fire danger later in the summer. We are all hoping for our traditional March blizzards. Even the dismal 2004/2005 season started to turn around by now; photos taken February 17, 2005, show another fun day at Lookout Pass.

Open the CURRENT graph in a separate window, or visit the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Idaho.

Pres. Day
Feb 17
2014
5" 58" 71" 24° /
29°
Pres. Day
Feb 17
2014
12" 70" 104"
  Pres. Day
Feb 18
2013
2" 45" 69" 23° /
21°
Pres. Day
Feb 18
2" 65" 119"
Pres. Day
Feb 20
2012
2" 71" 98" 19° / 24° Pres. Day
Feb 20
2012
1" 88" 126"
Pres. Day
Feb 21
2011
1" 68" 92" 16° / 22° Pres. Day
Feb 21
2011
1" 74" 130"
Pres. Day
Feb 15
2010
2" 42" 60" 30° /
33°
Pres. Day
Feb 15
2010
1" 51" 89"
Pres. Day
Feb 16
2009
skiff 35" 70" 25° /
24°
Pres. Day
Feb 16
2009
2" 59" 85"
Pres. Day
Feb 18
2008
0" 85" 126" 23° / 20° Pres. Day
Feb 18
2008
0" 112" 168"
Pres. Day
Feb 19
2007
4" 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" 32" 41" 28° / 28° Tuesday
Feb 17
0" 26" 47"
Wednesday
Feb 18
0" 32" 41" 29° / 24° Wednesday
Feb 18
0" 25" 46"
Thursday
Feb 19
0" 32" 41" 27° / 31° Thursday
Feb 19
0" 25" 46"
Friday
Feb 20
2" 32" 41" 29° / 31° Friday
Feb 20
1" 25" 46"
Saturday
Feb 21
4" 32" 41" 24° / 29° Saturday
Feb 21
5" 27" 48"
St. Regis Basin on February 21, 2015
Jim and I enjoyed the best day in the last two weeks: clouds dissolving into sunshine, 3 inches of overnight snow on top of yesterday's 2 inches, and temperatures in the mid 30's. I made
eight runs by noon: Gold, Silver, four Rainbows, Copper and Golden Eagle. All were "cream cheese" delights! Even the run out to Chair #2 was decent; a small icy patch was no big deal. However, I stayed away from the other Montana Side trails because I remembered the bare earth that I saw on the steeps during my last visit. I did explore the woods a little bit... not bad, but not carefree yet either. Altho I never experienced a lift line on Chair #2, Chair #1 did occasion momentary waits due to the Free Ski School and Race Teams who had priority. No big deal; I enjoyed my rides up with eager young racers.
Sunday
Feb 22
1" 32" 41" 15° / Sunday
Feb 22
1" 27" 48"
looking at Silver Mountain on February 22, 2015
Del, Crystal and I spent a cloudless afternoon enjoying the sunshine and views with temperatures in the mid 20's. While Crystal worked on self-confidence on the bunny hill, Del and I made
six runs together, mostly on Rainbow Ridge, where the uniform skier packed powder surface made for fast transits. Del said I was "mocking it" and indeed I felt like I was flying. He unfortunately found that his new snowboard bindings were not a good fit for his old boots... new boots will be in his future. We also ran down Black Bear to Silver, and finally Golden Eagle to meet up with Crystal, who was now good enough to be bored by Chair #4's timid terrain. While the Front Side runs were all machine groomed to perfection, travel was more fluid (less noisy) on the Montana Side. The clear skies presented a good view of Silver Mountain Ski Area, 24 miles away by Interstate.
Monday
Feb 23
0" 32" 41" 19° / 10° Monday
Feb 23
0" 27" 48"

/ 25° Wednesday
Feb 25
0" 27" 48"
Thursday
Feb 26
0" 32" 41" 19° / 22° Thursday
Feb 26
0" 26" 47"
Friday
Feb 27
trace 32" 41" 22° / 24° Friday
Feb 27
trace 26" 47"
Saturday
Feb 28
0" 32" 41" 13° / 16° Saturday
Feb 28
0" 26" 47"
Sunday
Mar 1
0" 32" 41" 20° / 10° Sunday
Mar 1
0" 26" 47"
Monday
Mar 2
0" 32" 41" 22° / 18° Monday
Mar 2
0 26" 47"

/ (9°)
(5")
Thursday
Mar 5
0" 32" 41" 24° / 20° Thursday
Mar 5
0" 28" 49"
Friday
Mar 6
0" 32" 41" 28° / 29° Friday
Mar 6
0" 28" 49"
Saturday
Mar 7
0" 32" 41" 32° / 32° Saturday
Mar 7
0" 26" 47"
Sunday
Mar 8
0" 32" 41" 31° / 31° Sunday
Mar 8
0" 24" 47"
Monday
Mar 9
0" 32" 41" 31° / 32° Monday
Mar 9
0" 23" 45"
Friday
Mar 13
0" 32" 41" 36° / 29° Friday
Mar 13
0" 20" 39"
Saturday
Mar 14
0" 32" 41" 43° / 46° Saturday
Mar 14
0" 19" 39"
CLOSED
by rain
/ CLOSED
by rain

/ 32° Friday
Mar 20
0" 16" 33"
Saturday
Mar 21
0" 32" 41" 41° / 38° Saturday
Mar 21
0" 15" 32"
  Sunday
Mar 22
0" 32" 41" 30° / 29° Sunday
Mar 22
0" 15" 32"
  Sunday
Mar 29
0" 32" 41" 30° /

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Mary Jane Bair, 1953-2015

Lookout Pass announced its closing on Thursday, March 26: "The forecast calls for warm temps and light rain Friday night through Saturday. We are now closed for the season. Thank you to all our Season Pass holders, guests and Lookout Pass family and friends for your support during the winter season."

This season was especially sad due to the tragic death of Mary Jane Bair at the bottom of Rainbow Ridge, March 8, 2015. I skied with her on Presidents Day and will greatly miss Mary Jane, expert skier, devoted teacher, inspirational mother, and friend to all. I estimate that over 500 people attended her Memorial Mass on March 14, 2015.

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71
73" Jan 18
Days open in 2014/2015 Season
Maximum snow depth at summit
81
78" Jan 18

This Snow Water Equivalent Graph was downloaded on March 29, 2015, and shows that when compared with thirty year averages, this abnormal season produced way less snowfall and less total precipitation as well. In fact, we ended up far worse than our previously worst ski season. Both ski areas ended their dismal 2004/05 seasons on April 10 with 30"/70" at Silver Mountain and 26"/68" on Lookout slopes. To say after this crazy winter that climate change is not happening seems delusional. While the rest of the country was devastated by snowfall (over 100 inches fell in Boston, for example) and brutal cold reaching from the upper Midwest into the Deep South, we were cursed with mild weather. Similar to 2004/05, however, we did fair better than all the ski areas to the west of us!

My attitude at 67 that skiing should always be fun AND NOT DANGEROUS dropped my on-snow days to 14 for a 17.2% attendance record, and my vertical-miles-skied to 14.8 or 1.06 vertical miles/day. To be honest, however, without a car, I depend on the enthusiasm of friends to get me to the resort... they switched to bike riding a month ago.

Compare this with previous seasons:

Season Days Skied (% possible) Vertical Miles (per day)
2013/2014 31 (28.7%) 49.7 (1.60/day)
2012/2013 44 (41.5%) 76.5 (1.74/day)
2011/2012 41 (36.3%) 72.4 (1.77/day)
2010/2011 51 (45.5%) 83.6 (1.64/day)
2009/2010 19 (17.1%) 37.5 (1.97/day!)
Notice the difference in my activity during the lackluster 2009/2010 season (maximum depth at Lookout only 90"), when Jim, Del and others were more enthusiastic because even with below average snowfall, there were several significant powder days throughout the season.

Open the CURRENT graph in a separate window, or visit the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Idaho.

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Silver Mountain Lookout Pass
96
104"
Days open in 2013/2014 Season
Maximum snow depth at summit
108
149"
94
91"
Days open in 2012/2013 Season
Maximum snow depth at summit
106
139"
101
135"
Days open in 2011/2012 Season
Maximum snow depth at summit
113
176"
103
145"
Days open in 2010/2011 Season
Maximum snow depth at summit
112
192"
97
70"
Days Open in 2009/2010 season
Maximum snow depth at summit
111
90"
92
118"
Days Open in 2008/2009 season
Maximum snow depth at summit
93
144"
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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