2015/2016 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
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 Snowfall Log
78"
All 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.
119 Days Open in 2015/2016 season as of
April 23, 2016
106
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
 
/ 22° Thanksgiving
Nov 26
0" 6" 14"

/ 23° Friday
Nov 27
0" 6" 14"

/ 20° Saturday
Nov 28
0" 6" 14"
I rode up to the resort with Jim on a sunny afternoon to get my gear into my locker, and my skis into the shop for their annual tune up and binding torque test. We visited with Owen in the Loft Pub, who said all his patrons seemed well pleased with the early season conditions. Especially since a temperature inversion in the morning made the summit 6° warmer than the base. We spoke to a gentleman from Coeur d'Alene at the bar who was very happy with his nine runs down some of the ten groomed Front Side trails.

/ Sunday
Nov 29
0" 6" 14"

/ 31° Friday
CLOSED
2" 7" 16"
/ 28° Saturday
Dec 5
3" 7" 16"

/ 30° Sunday
Dec 6
0" 7" 16"

/ 28° Friday
Dec 11
6" 14" 29"
Saturday
Dec 12
2" 9" 24" 27° / 28° Saturday
Dec 12
0" 14" 29"
Sunday
Dec 13
8" 15" 30" 28° / 30° Sunday
Dec 13
8" 22" 37"

/ 26° Monday
Dec 14
1" 22" 37"

/ 14° Thursday
Dec 17
4" 23" 39"
Jim and I had a fun morning on well groomed trails under an overcast sky. This was Jim's third time skiing at the resort, but after a fall flat onto my back on residential black ice a couple of weeks ago, I was happy to start this season slowly. However, both the Wallace mayor and the postperson told me separately last week that "the powder on Sunday was as good as any day last year!" I'm sorry I missed it, but the trees are my thing and we have a ways to go before that becomes reasonable. So today I was content to appreciate my well tuned and torque tested skis on just six runs. My four Front Side (Chair 1) runs were free of obstacles with 4" of light powder remaining in places, but, as expected, some care was required on the Back Side (Chair 2) near the bottom. The photo from Cloud Nine shows promise for tonight's storm. click to enlarge photo in a separate window
Friday
Dec 18
6" 21" 36" 30° / 22° Friday
Dec 18
4" 25" 43"
Jim and I returned to the mountain to find an additional 3" of snowfall since the 5 AM ski report. This made for diverse entertainment. The morning snowfall on top of perfectly groomed Rainbow Ridge made passage dreamlike. The ungroomed snow on Cloud Nine on the other hand provided a pleasant workout. Today Chair 3 openned so Jim had to check it out. He found the ungroomed deep powder on Marmot to be "very challenging." In fact, he had to stop twice to manage his heart rate. I opted instead for another Rainbow Woods exploration, where recent windfalls made for cautious navigation. Two more feet needed before I recommend this area. The best powder Jim & I found was through the woods to the skiers right of Hoot Owl. Untracked and calf deep between well spaced conifers, this forest unfortunately ends too quickly when it joins the super fast Quick Silver run back to the Lodge. I was content to make six runs when I fell into a powder hole on the last one. Way more humorous than hurtful. You know you're OK when you emerge from your instant snow cave laughing instead of cussing.
Saturday
Dec 19
3" 21" 36" 27° / 28° Saturday
Dec 19
9" 29" 47"
Sunday
Dec 20
5" 21" 37" 21° / 25° Sunday
Dec 20
2 29" 47"
Monday
Dec 21
7" 21" 41" 25° / 27° Monday
Dec 21
6" 32" 51"
Tuesday
Dec 22
14" 27" 42" 23° / 24° Tuesday
Dec 22
22" 39" 60"
6 lifts operating, 55 trails open, 19 groomed click to enlarge photo in a separate window
Jim and I spent an exhilarating and exhausting morning playing in the deep and dense powder present everywhere. As shown, the Rainbow Woods is again accepting explorers without reservations. The windfalls are now more avoidable, with wide open areas near the bottom of the run. Jim took his new powder skis down expert Niagara and survived the crotch deep powder. I was happy to stay in the knee deep powder on Gold, Silver and in the woods betwixt them. We both made six runs without falling and celebrated with coffee in the Loft by 11:00.
Wednesday
Dec 23
4" 27" 42" 23° / 20° Wednesday
Dec 23
2" 40" 62"
Thursday
Dec 24
12" 28" 57" 21° / 24° Thursday
Dec 24
13" 44" 68"
Christmas
Dec 25
1" 28" 57" 21° / 24°   Christmas
Dec 25
1" 44" 69"
6 lifts operating, 77 trails open, 23 groomed My son Dan is visiting me from Florida and we enjoyed a wonderful Christmas on Runt Mountain, thanks to Jim for the ride up and Erica for the ride home. I was both proud and bummed when Dan beat me down Marmot, seeming to have no trouble on the ample skier-packed powder. Under an overcast sky punctuated with snow flurries, glimpses of blue sky and fog, we made fourteen runs together. However, as you might suspect, sometimes Dan would be racing down a trail, while I was drifting through the knee-deep powder in adjacent woods. He claimed that he didn't yet have "powder legs," but I think the magical snow creatures lurking in the forest worried him.
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Saturday
Dec 26
1" 28" 58" 18° / 14° Saturday
Dec 26
2" 45" 71"
Sunday
Dec 27
0" 27" 57" 21° / 18° Sunday
Dec 27
0" 45" 71"
Monday
Dec 28
1" 27" 57" 20° / 19° Monday
Dec 28
1" 46" 72"
Tuesday
Dec 29
1" 27" 57" 18° / 18° Tuesday
Dec 29
2" 47" 73"
Wednesday
Dec 30
1" 27" 58" 18° / 18° Wednesday
Dec 30
1" 47" 74"
Thursday
Dec 31
0" 27" 58" 21° / Thursday
Dec 31
0" 47" 74"
  New Year
2016
0" 27" 58" 21° / 10° New Year
2016
0" 47" 74"
Q: So how are we doing this year from a historical perspective?
A: On New Years Day, the snow levels on Lookout Pass are at an historical midpoint: 7 past seasons had more snow at this point, and 7 had less snow. During most seasons, snowfall continues well into March, so the levels at this point are normally overshadowed by future storms... except last season when a warm spring ended the season early. So we are all wondering how the monster El Niño that is currently drenching the Midwest and East Coast will affect us this spring. We know anything is possible during climate change, but we also know that past seasons have started out slow only to become phenomenal. 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
2015
0" 35" 50" / New Year
2015
0" 33" 58"
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"
Saturday
Jan 2
0" 27" 58" 23° / 10° Saturday
Jan 2
0" 47" 74"
Sunday
Jan 3
0" 27" 55" 26° / 13° Sunday
Jan 3
0" 47" 74"
Monday
Jan 4
1" 27" 54" 31° / 12° Monday
Jan 4
1" 47" 74"
5 lifts operating, 77 trails open, 23 groomed click to enlarge photo in a separate window
It was a beautiful day on Runt Mountain, one that emphasized its unique position on the Idaho border. A river of cold night air from Montana and Canada often flows over Lookout Pass on its way west through the Silver Valley to Lake Coeur d'Alene. This creates morning inversions, so that at 5:12 AM today, the temperature at the Lodge was 12°, while the temperature at the summit was 22°. By 1:26 PM, the base temperature was a comfortable 26° and the summit was at 25°. The effect of consistently cold temperatures recently is shown by the photo taken near the top of Chair 2. The snow that fell during Christmas week is still hugging the the trees. I made eleven runs both on machine groomed packed powder, and on wind-refurbished dry powder within my favorite forests. Keystone, Cloud Nine and Silver were fast, fun and flawless, but the little sign reading "thin cover" at the top of Marmot was truthful. No big deal, however, if you relax, make lots of turns and watch for approaching discolorations on the otherwise great surface.
Tuesday
Jan 5
0" 27" 54" 37° /
(1")
Wednesday
Jan 6
0" 27" 50" 32° / 23° Wednesday
Jan 6
0" 47" 74"
Thursday
Jan 7
1" 27" 48" 32° / 27° Thursday
Jan 7
1" 47" 74
Friday
Jan 8
1" 27" 48" 26° / 28° Friday
Jan 8
3" 48" 76"
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As expected, the mountain was deserted in spite of 3" of new dry powder and warmer conditions. I believe this was because Silver Mountain was booming today with their 48th Jackass Birthday Celebration. In contrast with previous years, they are staying open seven days a week this season, so everyone in the community is wishing them success. I made nine runs today, six before lunch in creepy fog, then three afterwards under a dramatic and clearing sky. The BBQ lunch in the Loft was a Prime Timers (over-55 ski club) event.
Saturday
Jan 9
0" 26" 48" 28° / 26° Saturday
Jan 9
0" 48" 76"
Sunday
Jan 10
0" 26" 46" 24° / 25° Sunday
Jan 10
0" 48" 76"
Monday
Jan 11
0" 26" 46" 25° / 16° Monday
Jan 11
0" 48" 76"
Tuesday
Jan 12
2" 26" 46" 28° /
(2")
Wednesday
Jan 13
6" 27" 47" 32° / 31° Wednesday
Jan 13
7" 52" 82"
Thursday
Jan 14
7" 27" 52" 23° / 29° Thursday
Jan 14
9" 55" 86"
  During my career as a scientist, I had occasion to ski at most of the major ski resorts in Colorado, New England, Utah and California. From my memory of those experiences, conditions and ambiance, I have to say that little Lookout Pass ranks at the top for overall skiing enjoyment, dry deep powder, uncrowded varied terrain, and friendly staff. Today was a good example of why I love this place. Nine inches of light powder on top of seven inches from the day before made for a delightful powder romp whether on the side of a groomed run or deep in the woods. I made nine runs, six on the Montana Side, three on the Idaho Side. Naturally, I was meandering through the woods most of the time, but sometimes I emerged to see other people bouncing on their private Cloud Nine.
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Friday
Jan 15
0" 27" 52" 23° / 20° Friday
Jan 15
0" 55" 86"
Saturday
Jan 16
0" 47" 61" 27° / 25° Saturday
Jan 16
0" 55" 86"
Sunday
Jan 17
4" 47" 61" 28° / 31° Sunday
Jan 17
5" 55" 87"
  MLK Day
Jan 18
6" 47" 61" 27° / 31° MLK Day
Jan 18
5" 58" 90"
6 Lifts, 76 Trails Open, 27 Trails Groomed

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Jim and I joined other Prime Timers for lunch in the Loft after a fun morning of exercise on new snowfall, heavier than normal, but still quite manageable even in the trees. I made six runs, mainly on groomed trails under an overcast sky with occasional sunbreaks.

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 2015, 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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MLK Day
Jan 19
2015
0" 45" 73" 27° / 29° MLK Day
Jan 19
2015
2" 47" 78"
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"
Tuesday
Jan 19
3" 47" 61" 27° /
(3)
Wednesday
Jan 20
10" 51" 61" 26° / 28° Wednesday
Jan 20
6" 62" 95"
Thursday
Jan 21
2" 51" 61" 28° / 28° Thursday
Jan 21
3" 62" 95"
Friday
Jan 22
1" 54" 62" 43° / 31° Friday
Jan 22
1" 62" 95"
Saturday
Jan 23
1" 54" 62" 33° / 36° Saturday
Jan 23
1" 62" 95"
Sunday
Jan 24
5" 54" 64" 30° / 29°   Sunday
Jan 24
6" 64" 97"

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My son Dan and I celebrated his 46st birthday on six inches of new snow on a foggy, but relatively warm day. We made nineteen runs during the day, staying on groomed trails for the most part. Once again, he demonstrated that he is still faster than me, even though he has spent the last thirteen years in Florida. The photo shows him paused on the Keystone steeps with a typical Sunday crowd behind him.

Monday
Jan 25
0" 54" 64" 28° / 27° Monday
Jan 25
0" 64" 97"
Tuesday
Jan 26
0" 54" 64" 28° / 27°
(0")
Wednesday
Jan 27
0" 54" 64" 32° / 33° Wednesday
Jan 27
0 64" 97"
Thursday
Jan 28
0" 54" 64" 37° / 34° Thursday
Jan 28
0" 62" 95"
Friday
Jan 29
3" 54" 64" 26° / 29° Friday
Jan 29
5" 65" 98"
Saturday
Jan 30
8" 54" 65" 25° / 25° Saturday
Jan 30
9" 68" 102"
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Jim and I joined Ron from Spokane for a delightful morning that combined snow squalls and sun breaks. The magic of a sudden sun burst is illustrated by the photo looking up Rainbow Ridge... before the arrival of Lookout's famous Free Ski School. The six inches of cold snow that fell overnight merged nicely with the eight inches of wet snow previously accumulated in the last two days. Our movement through the woods was carefree, while travel on trails was super smooth and wicked fast. We made seven runs between 8:30 and 11:00 AM. As soon as we encounter a Chair 2 lift line on a Saturday, we know it is time to head for coffee in the Loft, leaving the mountain to hundreds of kids and their volunteer instructors.
Sunday
Jan 31
5" 54" 65" 22°) / 24° Sunday
Jan 31
2" 68" 102"
Monday
Feb 1
9" 60" 72" 24° / 24° Monday
Feb 1
5" 68" 103"
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Jim and I joined Mark to ski in a morning snow storm that sometimes relaxed into fog. We made four runs through the woods on the Montana side, for a total of six runs by 11 AM. The forest snow was obviously deeper than two days ago, but seemed denser as well. Easily navigating around trees in boot to knee deep powder was candy for my mind, but for some reason, my body was exhausted by my enthusiasm.
Tuesday
Feb 2
13" 60" 72" 21° /
(11")
Wednesday
Feb 3
2" 60" 72" 18° / 10° Wednesday
Feb 3
7" 75" 110"
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This morning Jim and I played in what I can only call "hero powder." Moving from a groomed trail into the deep powder on its side was always a gentle transition because the cold overnight snowfall offered little resistance. We made eight runs as the day warmed from 10° to 27° under a partly sunny sky. Naturally half our runs were through woods where boot to knee deep light powder made last second turns around trees both whimsical and safe. With nine feet of coverage, only well spaced big trees are present in front of you. Simply put: your mind is racing so much faster than your body that you seem to move in slow motion through the untracked snow in your own private forest. Basically you are floating through the woods watching for wildlife. Or at least I am.
Thursday
Feb 4
5" 60" 72" 26° / 26° Thursday
Feb 4
2" 75" 111"
Friday
Feb 5
5" 60" 72" 28° / 29° Friday
Feb 5
1" 75" 111"
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Jim and I made eight runs before the Prime Timers' luncheon in the Loft at 11:30. The recent wetter snow on top of Wednesday's light cold powder blended to form a consistently smooth forest surface. It was now a much faster surface, however. If Wednesday was a float trip, then today was a kayak run through rapids. No falls, but enough thrills. When we were not following untracked pathways through the woods, we had to choose between perfect machine groomed packed powder, and the skier chopped powder adjacent to the main trails. It was hard to avoid perfect.
Saturday
Feb 6
3" 60" 72" 26° / 29° Saturday
Feb 6
2" 75" 112"
Sunday
Feb 7
0" 60" 72" 25° / 24° Sunday
Feb 7
0" 75" 112"
Monday
Feb 8
0" 60" 72" 36° / 26° Monday
Feb 8
0" 73" 110"
Tuesday
Feb 9
0" 60" 72" 37° /
(0")
Wednesday
Feb 10
0" 60" 72" 39° / 37° Wednesday
Feb 10
0" 69" 106"
Thursday
Feb 11
0" 60" 72" 37° / 33° Thursday
Feb 11
0" 68" 105"
Friday
Feb 12
0" (60") (72") 37° / 35° Friday
Feb 12
0" 68" 105"
  Saturday
Feb 13
4" (60") (72") 27° / 32° Saturday
Feb 13
3" 69" 107"
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This morning I rode Lookout's Free Snow Bus as recommended in the ski report along with 3" of overnight snowfall. Conventual wisdom is that locals should not ski on Saturdays because of the 500-strong Free Ski School. Poppycock. I made twelve runs and never encountered a lift line! The secret is to avoid the kids by skiing Chair #2 until about 11 AM, then switching to Chair #1 after all the kids are in lessons. The day was a mixture of snow squalls, fog and bright sunshine. The photo taken about 10:30 in the Cloud Nine glades shows the only other tracks seen in this area. As usual, I had my favorite powder stash to myself. Although the new snow in the trees had a collapsible crust that softened during the day, it was fun and challenging at the same time.
Sunday
Feb 14
5" (60") (72") 30° / 30° Sunday
Feb 14
2" 70" 108"
  Pres. Day
Feb 15
0" (60") (72") 38° /
35°
Pres. Day
Feb 15
1" 69" 107"
Pres. Day
Feb 16
2015
0" 32" 41" 29° /
26°
Pres. Day
Feb 16
2015
0" 26" 47"
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
2013
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
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"


For the second year in a row, a strong El Niño effect has kept us warm and wet, while the country east of the Rockies has been pounded with severe winds and dangerous cold. Boston's high yesterday was -1°, for example. Two feet of snow fell in 24 hours on Washington D.C and New York City earlier in January. Several polar vortexes have extended misery far into the South this winter. The good news here is that while we have mostly stayed relatively warm (20° - 40°), we still exceeded 100" of snow at the summit of Lookout Pass by February. In a normal season, this would make us giddy thinking about the expected heavy March snowfalls. However, most of us are curbing our enthusiasm as we see mild weather predicted for the weeks ahead. We have already had some great powder days; perhaps it is time for early spring skiing... I hope not.

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 while we are average for total precipitation so far this season, we lag behind in snow water equivalents due to the warm weather. However, if the SWE graph follows the total precipitation graph into the spring, we will continue to have a great season.

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

Tuesday
Feb 16
0" (60") (72") 29° /
(2")
Wednesday
Feb 17
0" (60") (72") 37° / 33° Wednesday
Feb 17
0" 68" 106"
Thursday
Feb 18
2" (60") (72") 35° / 33° Thursday
Feb 18
0" 66" 104"
Friday
Feb 19
8" (60") (72") 30° / 30°   Friday
Feb 19
8" 69" 108"
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Jim and I got a terrific workout this morning. Seven inches of snow fell overnight when the temperature was just below freezing, so the new "powder" was heavy as expected. After six runs we were exhausted, but happy that neither of us had fallen. Jim even made it down expert Niagara without mishap on his K2 PON200Ns. I was not as bold; I went for the Gold. The photo taken from the middle of Gold, looking toward the top of Chair #1, with Niagara on the far right, shows ample new snow everywhere and all visible chairs filled... yet the slopes seem empty. I love this place, and so do others. The chairs were filled because today was the KREM TV-2nd Harvest Food Drive. Folks could ski/ride for FREE with three or more donated cans of food. And yet Jim and I never saw a lift line.
  Saturday
Feb 20
10" (60") (72") 26° / 27° Saturday
Feb 20
4" 70" 110"
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A truly wonderful Saturday of solitary skiing on perfect snow, made possible for me by Lookout's Free Snow Bus. The three inches of snow that fell last night was drier than what fell the night before, so travel was a lot easier today. This was especially true in the woods where last second manoeuvres are critical. Of course, easier turns made for faster travel down tree lined corridors. I made fifteen runs with two breaks in the Loft for coffee. The photo shows upper Marmot and normal traffic flow. Excellent conditions all the way to the lift, but watch for groomer-made ice cubes littering the last pitch. There were two other differences between yesterday and today: a) I actually encountered a ten minute Chair #2 lift line, and b) I fell once in the woods. However, on my next three visits to Chair #2, I just skied up and sat down like it was a weekday. And my big fall was the result of an intentional jump that ended with a "plop-stop-sit" in deep powder. An event far more amusing than painful.
Sunday
Feb 21
1" (60") (72") 23° / 21° Sunday
Feb 21
0" 70" 110"
Monday
Feb 22
0" (60") (72") 25° / 26° Monday
Feb 22
0" 70" 110"
Tuesday
Feb 23
0" (60") (72") 21° /
(0")
Wednesday
Feb 24
0" (60") (72") 30° / 18° Wednesday
Feb 24
0" 68"" 109"
Thursday
Feb 25
0" (60") (72") 35° / 27° Thursday
Feb 25
0" 67" 109"
Friday
Feb 26
0" (60") (72") 41° / 24° Friday
Feb 26
0" 65" 107"
Saturday
Feb 27
3" 60" 70" 33° / 34° Saturday
Feb 27
0" 64" 105"
Sunday
Feb 28
0" 60" 70" 34° / 30° Sunday
Feb 28
2" 64" 105"
Monday
Feb 29
1" 60" 70" 25° / 28° Monday
Feb 29
1" 62" 103"
Tuesday
Mar 1
1" 60" 70" 30° /
(0")
Wednesday
Mar 2
5" 60" 70" 25° /
(6")
Thursday
Mar 3
2" 60" 70" 32° / 31° Thursday
Mar 3
1" 65" 106"
Friday
Mar 4
1" 60" 70" 32° / 38° Friday
Mar 4
2" 65" 106"
Saturday
Mar 5
0" 60" 70" 37° / 33°   Saturday
Mar 5
0" 64" 105"
I made thirteen runs on some of the best spring snow that I have ever experienced! All surfaces, even in the woods, were perfectly pushable, soft yet fast with no ice or grabby mush... The warm gentle rain every so often just made the day more "special." The last time I had fun skiing in the rain was at Loon Mountain, New Hampshire, thirty years ago with my son. Today "Dress for Success" was a good motto. I never got really wet due to my many layers of clothing, but a lunch break featuring a free spaghetti feed for season pass holders was certainly appreciated. Red Dog and Marmot off Chair #3 were in great shape and especially fun. Although the Saturday crowd was reduced by the rain, everyone I encountered was having a lot of fun, including these two.
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Sunday
Mar 6
1" 60" 70" 36° / 36° Sunday
Mar 6
0" 62" 103"
Monday
Mar 7
1" 60" 70" 27° / 27° Monday
Mar 7
0" 62" 103"
Tuesday
Mar 8
0" 60" 70" 26° /
(1")
Wednesday
Mar 9
3" 60" 70" 27° /
(2")
Thursday
Mar 10
3" 60" 70" 36° / 35° Thursday
Mar 10
2" 62" 103"
Friday
Mar 11
4" 60" 70" 32° / 27° Friday
Mar 11
5" 64" 107"
Saturday
Mar 12
0" 60" 70" 35° / 35° Saturday
Mar 12
0" 63" 106"
Sunday
Mar 13
3" 60" 70" 27° / 27° Sunday
Mar 13
4" 61" 102"
Monday
Mar 14
6" 60" 70" 25° / 29°   Monday
Mar 14
5" 62" 103"
Jim and I joined Mark for a wonderful romp on fresh powder. They travel at much higher speeds than I, so after the first run, we parted company and regrouped at 11:30 for another Prime Timers luncheon. Before then, I made seven runs, three of which passed through the woods. Snowfall was light to moderate all morning, except for the moment when it stopped and I took this picture. Sure looks like the top of a wild apple tree to me.
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Tuesday
Mar 15
10" 60" 70" 25° /
(12")
Wednesday
Mar 16
8" 65" 79" 25° /
(6")
  Thursday
Mar 17
4" 65" 79" 23° / 25° Thursday
Mar 17
6" 67" 113"
Del joined Jim and I for the first time this season after an injury last season. As an expert snowboarder, he had no problem with the TWO FEET of snow that fell after closing on Monday. I, on the other hand, caught an edge on Keystone steeps, followed by an exhausting powder-plop-sit recovery on my second run. However, by 2:00 PM I had made sixteen runs without any further falls. Marmot was half groomed, half powder chop, and fully perfect. Everywhere I skied, whether groomed or untouched, was giddy fun. Naturally, I found myself wandering through the woods looking for animal tracks a lot. The day was spectacular as blue sky mixed with dark clouds to form eye-catching panoramas. Sometimes the view was so intense that I did not see the obvious... like Jim waving at me in the photo below. Del and Jim left after eight runs, but I could not bear to leave the playground with them. So I hitchhiked back to Wallace mid-afternoon with a very nice couple, Bob and Karrie from Missoula, who were headed to Coeur d'Alene for a Blues Festival after spending an epic powder day at Lookout Pass.
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Friday
Mar 18
2" 65" 79" 21° / 20° Friday
Mar 18
0" 65" 112"
Saturday
Mar 19
0" 65" 79" 27° / 16° Saturday
Mar 19
0" 63" 110"
Sunday
Mar 20
0" 65" 79" 43° / 27° Sunday
Mar 20
0" 62" 109"
Monday
Mar 21
0" 60" 70" 34° / 35° Monday
Mar 21
0" 59" 105"
Tuesday
Mar 22
6" 60" 70" 27° /
(6")
Wednesday
Mar 23
2" 60" 70" 30° /
(3")
  Thursday
Mar 24
8" 63" 75" 30° / 31° Thursday
Mar 24
5" 64" 109"
Friday
Mar 25
12" 64" 78" 27° / 28°   Friday
Mar 25
5" 65" 110"
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Rode up with Jim, but rode home with Spokane Ron after making eleven runs on a foggy, snowy day. I just could not break away after only eight runs. By all accounts, skiing yesterday was hard work because of the heavy new snow. However, the five inches that fell overnight was cold and light, and today's surfaces were wonderful, whether you were gliding on groomers or hanging out in the woods.
Saturday
Mar 26
3" 64" 78" 30° / 27° Saturday
Mar 26
1" 64" 109"
Sunday
Mar 27
0" 64" 78" 31° / 28° Sunday
Mar 27
0" 63 108"
Monday
Mar 28
4" 64" 78" 30° / 35°   Monday
Mar 28
5" 65" 110"
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Jim and I spent a delightful morning playing on the new powder as the day transitioned from light snowfall to bright sunshine. The snow in the woods was a little too fast and heavy for our comfort levels, but the new powder on previously groomed runs was heavenly. We were further amazed to find no blemishs on the slopes we skied. This included our first run down advanced intermediate Marmot, where even the bottom runout to the chair was easy. As the photo shows, the Cloud Nine and Keystone steeps, usually the first places to show the effect of spring, were totally problem free. We made eight runs and were in the Loft drinking coffee by 11:15.
Tuesday
Mar 29
4" 64" 78" 27° /
(2")
Wednesday
Mar 30
0" 64" 78" 32° /
(0")
Thursday
Mar 31
0" 64" 78" 40° / 34° Thursday
Mar 31
0" 62" 107"
Friday
Apr 1
0" 64" 78" 37° / 32° Friday
Apr 1
0" 60" 105"
Saturday
Apr 2
0" 64" 78" 42° / 34° Saturday
Apr 2
0" 56" 99"
Sunday
Apr 3
0" 64" 78" 39° / 36°   Sunday
Apr 3
0" 54 97"
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I joined Del and his step-daughter Erica for a happy day of spring skiing under a bright blue sky. Our first chair was at 11:40, so by then the snow was delightfully fast and easy everywhere on the mountain. With a coffee break, we made twelve runs by 2:40, just as some surfaces began to get "catchy." By this time, the summit temperature in the sun was 70°, while a nearby shaded temperature was 54°. This made travel across afternoon shadows "interesting."
Monday
Apr 4
0" 64" 78" 38° / 36° Monday
Apr 4
0" 52" 95"
Tuesday
Apr 5
0" 64" 78" 24° /
(2")
Wednesday
Apr 6
0" 64" 78" 32° /
(0")
Thursday
Apr 7
0" (64") (78") 42° / 34° Thursday
Apr 7
0" 48" 89"
Friday
Apr 8
0" (64") (78") 48° / 46° Friday
Apr 8
0" 46" 87"
Saturday
Apr 9
0" (64") (78") 44° / 46° Saturday
Apr 9
0" 39" 79"
  Sunday
Apr 10
0" (64") (78") 38° / 40°   Sunday
Apr 10
0" 37" 78"
Saturday
Apr 16
0" (64") (78") 36° /
  Saturday
Apr 23
0" (64") (78") 38° /

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Silver Mountain
119
79" March 17
 
Days open in 2015/2016 Season

Maximum snow depth at summit
Lookout Pass
106
113" March 17

This Snow Water Equivalent Graph was downloaded on May 1, 2016, and shows that when compared with thirty year averages, total precipatation this season was exactly as expected. However, the amount falling as snow was greatly diminished from normal, but better than last season due to decent snowfall in March.

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Silver Mountain Lookout Pass
71
73" January 18
Days open in 2014/2015 Season
Maximum snow depth at summit
81
78" January 18
96
104" March 31
Days open in 2013/2014 Season
Maximum snow depth at summit
108
149" March 6
94
91" March 23
Days open in 2012/2013 Season
Maximum snow depth at summit
106
139" March 23
101
135" March 30
Days open in 2011/2012 Season
Maximum snow depth at summit
113
176" March 23
103
145" April 7
Days open in 2010/2011 Season
Maximum snow depth at summit
112
192" March 17 & April 8
97
70" April 10
Days Open in 2009/2010 season
Maximum snow depth at summit
111
90" February 13
92
118" April 3
Days Open in 2008/2009 season
Maximum snow depth at summit
93
144" April 3
128
178" March 31 - April 12
Days Open in 2007/2008 season
Maximum snow depth at summit
98
197" April 3
132
117" March 2 - 4
Days Open in 2006/2007 season
Maximum snow depth at summit
106
163" March 1 - 3
118
139" March 10
Days Open in 2005/2006 season
Maximum snow depth at summit
111
168" March 26 - 27
97
80" April 2 - 3
Days Open in 2004/2005 season
Maximum snow depth at summit
83
85" January 16 - 17
136
85" March 7
Days Open in 2003/2004 season
Maximum snow depth at summit
104
119" March 7
101
111" April 6
Days Open in 2002/2003 season
Maximum snow depth at summit
69
130" March 9
90
209" March 21 - 22
Days Open in 2001/2002 season
Maximum snow depth at summit
80
225" March 21 - 23

 
Greg's Score Card after turning 61
Season Max Depth Days Skied (% possible) Vertical Miles (per day)
2015/2016 113" 22 (20.8%) 41.4 (1.88/day)
2014/2015 78" 14 (17.3%) 15.0 (1.07/day)
2013/2014 149" 31 (28.7%) 49.7 (1.60/day)
2012/2013 139" 44 (41.5%) 76.5 (1.74/day)
2011/2012 176" 41 (36.3%) 72.4 (1.77/day)
2010/2011 192" 51 (45.5%) 83.6 (1.64/day)
2009/2010 90" 20 (18.0%) 39.3 (1.96/day!)
2008/2009 144" 12 (12.9%) 23.7 (1.97/day!)

 

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