2016/2017 Ski Area Snowfall Log

for the Silver Valley

I moved to Wallace in January 1993 because it was a charming village halfway between TWO ski areas, a dozen miles in either direction on Interstate 90 in northern Idaho's Silver Valley. This page will log the snowfall statistics for both Silver Mountain, a gondola ride away from Kellogg, and Lookout Pass, at the Montana border. Click on the animated color bars to move between the top and bottom of the data.
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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"
2015/2016 Snowfall Log
113"
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.
73 Days Open in 2016/2017 season as of
February 22, 2017
71
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.
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Date 24 hr
New
at
Lodge
at
Summit
temp
°F
Date 24 hr
New
at
Lodge
at
Summit
 
/ 30° Sunday
Nov 27
0" 8" 14"
Ski Report: "Top to bottom skiing off Chair 1. Chair 4, beginner area, will also operate. Lifts turn at 8:30 AM through 4:00 PM PST. Lodge, ski school, and rental shop are in full operation. Seven runs have been machine groomed. Reduced ticket rates are in effect."

/ 29° Thursday
Dec 1
3" 14" 21"
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I rode up to the resort with Jim on a foggy morning to get my gear into my locker, and my skis into the shop for their annual tune-up and binding torque test by Dave in the Rental Shop. In between, I made two runs. Enough to reacquaint myself with the difference between bicycling muscles and skiing muscles. And enough to experience the drama of "tree top skiing." However, as shown in this photo of Silver, taken from the Loft deck coffee in hand, the tree tops on groomed runs were tiny and inconsequential. Enhanced situational awareness was required elsewhere. All in all, a very fine first day for Jim and me.
Friday
Dec 2
1" 25" 36" 21° / 27° Friday
Dec 2
3" 16" 22"
Ski Report: "With 18 inches in the last 48 hours ... we will be running Chairs 1, 2 and the Conveyor Lift from 9:00 to 3:30 with the first Gondola loading at 8:15!"
Saturday
Dec 3
5" 25" 36" 28° / 28° Saturday
Dec 3
2" 18" 24"
Sunday
Dec 4
8" 25" 36" 14° / 30° Sunday
Dec 4
10" 26" 32"

/ Thursday
Dec 8
0" 34" 40"
Friday
Dec 9
4" 24" 30" 14° / Friday
Dec 9
0" 36" 42"
"4 Lifts Operating, 45 Trails Open, 17 Trails Groomed"   "Chair 2 on the Montana Side now open"
Saturday
Dec 10
5" 24" 30" 25° / 14° Saturday
Dec 10
11" 45" 51"
Sunday
Dec 11
9" 28" 34" 23° / 26° Sunday
Dec 11
9" 51" 57"
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Rode to resort with Jim. He skied to exhaustion yesterday and left early today to attend church. My church is the mountain, so I made eight runs under steady snowfall, before hitch-hiking home about 2 PM. Twenty inches of new snow in the last two days provided an uplifting spiritual experience. However, I began the day by relearning that early season deep powder may hide unexpected surprises because of the variable cover beneath it. So an ill advised and brief trip into the woods on my first run located a "rabbit hole" for my right ski to inhabit. On my second run, I had a "plop down" on lower Cloud Nine, when one ski buried itself far deeper than the other. After that everything was smooth sailing... I stayed out of trouble on Rainbow Ridge, Black Bear, Gold, Silver and Hoot Owl. The boot deep skier packed powder on these runs was fun exercise. Although Chair 3 on the North Side opened today, I was not up for the challenge this early in the season.

(19") / 23° Monday
Dec 12
31" 71" 77"

(8") /
(21")

(0") /
(0")

(1") / 12° Thursday
Dec 15
2" 75" 83"
Friday
Dec 16
2" 35" 40" / 11° Friday
Dec 16
3" 57" 73"
"6 Lifts Operating, 65 Trails Open, 20 Trails Groomed"   "Boomer Friday: Over 40 => $30"
Saturday
Dec 17
0" 35" 40" / 14° Saturday
Dec 17
1" 57" 73"
Sunday
Dec 18
3" 35" 40" 10° / Sunday
Dec 18
trace 57" 73"
CLOSED
by wind
5" 35" 40" 13° / 20° Monday
Dec 19
3" 60" 76"
Tuesday
Dec 20
8" 35" 40" 20° / 25° Tuesday
Dec 20
12" 67" 83"
Wednesday
Dec 21
6" 35" 40" 23° / 25° Wednesday
Dec 21
18" 70" 86"
Thursday
Dec 22
0" 35" 40" 24° / 22°   Thursday
Dec 22
0" 70" 86"
6 lifts operating, 77 trails open, 23 groomed click to enlarge photo in a separate window
Jim and I arrived fashionably late on a "bluebird day." The photo taken above Sundance, the most challenging run beneath Chair 2, shows that a blue bird would not be seen against the "black" morning sky. The mouseover close-up reveals that some small obstacles remain on this face with two fall lines. We stayed on the "hero" packed power present on Rainbow Ridge, Cloud Nine and Keystone where perfectly pushable snow and no obstacles made us fly. All Front Side slopes were unblemished as expected, but Marmot off Chair 3 had some obvious thin spots to avoid. I made eight runs before joining Jim in the Loft. The resort was pleasantly crowded, yet on my last run down Keystone, I had paradise all to myself.
Friday
Dec 23
0" 35" 40" 24° / 22° Friday
Dec 23
1" 70" 86"
Saturday
Dec 24
8" 35" 40" 23° / 22° Saturday
Dec 24
7" 74" 90"
Christmas
Dec 25
5" 37" 42" 21° / 19° Christmas
Dec 25
11" 77" 94"
Monday
Dec 26
1" 37" 42" 16° / 19° Monday
Dec 26
2" 79" 96"
Tuesday
Dec 27
5" 37" 42" 20° / 21°   Tuesday
Dec 27
6" 81" 98"
6 lifts operating, 77 trails open, 26 groomed click to enlarge photo in a separate window
Jim and I arrived in a morning snow storm that dropped four inches on his car while we skied. It was a day when "Powder Rules" ("no waiting for friends on powder days"). Jim had an easy time in the deep powder on his wide K2 Pon2oons, while I had to work at it on my Fisher XTR's. I was content to quit after five runs with no falls. Skiing in low viability on variable powder depths at a windy 20° temperature was not difficult, but it was also not relaxing. The untracked powder on the sides of Rainbow Ridge was my favorite route. Jim made eight runs including expert Niagara, and took some tumbles as a result.
Wednesday
Dec 28
9" 39" 44" 22° / 25° Wednesday
Dec 28
18" 86" 103"
  Thursday
Dec 29
0" 39" 44" 22° / 20° Thursday
Dec 29
2" 86" 103"
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Before this season began, it was predicted that snowfall would be 125% of normal because of El Nino. This seems to be the case, with wonderful conditions currently at both Silver Valley ski resorts. The photo's mouseover closeup shows Silver Mountain in the distance on an overcast day. It also shows the uncrowded conditions present on Rainbow Ridge at 12:33 PM... on a day when the parking lots were overflowing. Jim and I stayed mostly in our favorite woods where boot deep powder and solitude provided a special out-of-the-wind world just for us. We made six runs including a couple on the Front Side, where the machine groomed and skier packed powder had wide appeal. We never had to wait more than a couple of minutes to load a chair, however.
Friday
Dec 30
6" 39" 44" 23° / 20° Friday
Dec 30
8" 94" 111"
Saturday
Dec 31
0" 39" 44" 18° / 15° Saturday
Dec 31
0" 94" 111"
  New Year
2017
3" 39" 44" 16° / 19° New Year
2017
4" 98" 115"
Q: So how are we doing this year from a historical perspective?
A: As the table shows, at this point in the season, we have more snow at Lookout's summit than in any of the previous 15 years! Although we had over 100 inches on New Years Day in 2007, 2008 and 2002, twelve of the last fifteen seasons saw maximum depths over 100 inches by the end of the season. The 2006/07 season ended with the second highest recorded depth of 197", while the 2007/08 season recorded a respectful maximum depth of 163". The record depth of 225" was recorded in March 2002. The maximum amount of snowfall during one week was at the end of February in 2011, when 6.5 FEET fell. This gave us international recognition because it was A WORLD RECORD! The maximum depth recorded during the 2010/11 season was 192", or third place in 15 seasons. The bottom line is that our spectacular early season puts us in contention for another resort or world record.

To stay on top of seasonal variations, you should bookmark both my weather and snowfall forecast pages.

Greg Marsh
New Year
2016
0" 27" 58" 21° / 10° New Year
2016
0" 47" 74"
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"
Monday
Jan 2
5" 42" 48" / Monday
Jan 2
7" 101" 118"
Tuesday
Jan 3
0" 42" 48" /
(0")
A> Wednesday
Jan 4
0" 42" 48" / Wednesday
Jan 4
0" 101" 118"
Thursday
Jan 5
0" 42" 48" / -7° Thursday
Jan 5
0" 101" 118"
Friday
Jan 6
0" 42" 48" 10° / Friday
Jan 6
0" 101" 118"
Saturday
Jan 7
0" 42" 48" 10° / 12° Saturday
Jan 7
0" 101" 118"
Sunday
Jan 8
4" 42" 48" 24° / 14° Sunday
Jan 8
2" 101" 118"
Monday
Jan 9
9" 42" 48" 24° / 30° Monday
Jan 9
9" 103" 120"
Tuesday
Jan 10
14" 42" 48" 24° /
(21")
Wednesday
Jan 11
6" 50" 60" 12° / 14° Wednesday
Jan 11
16" 103" 120"
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A truly beautiful powder day that made the chill seem less important. In my eight runs by noon, I mixed surreal woodland adventures in top-of-boot powder with flat-out boogies down perfectly pushable packed powder present on Cloud Nine, for example. In between were runs, such as Silver and Keystone where dramatic skier-chop made things look far more challenging than they actually were. The giant fluff pillows presented no resistance to a steady rhythm. The severe cold temperatures at night recently has kept the snowfall squeaky dry. I was dressed well for the cold (9° at Chair 2)... except for the non-hairy parts of my face. This was never a problem... except when I was headed to a lift at top speed. Then it was a question of "Do I stop and put my goggles back on, or do I just go faster and get it over with?" I always just went faster.
Thursday
Jan 12
0" 50" 60" 12° / 14° Thursday
Jan 12
0" 103" 120"
Friday
Jan 13
0" 50" 60" 18° / Friday
Jan 13
0" 103" 121"
Saturday
Jan 14
0" 50" 60" 19° / Saturday
Jan 14
0" 103" 121"
Sunday
Jan 15
0" 50" 60" 21° / 12° Sunday
Jan 15
0" 103" 121"
  MLK Day
Jan 16
0" 50" 60" 22° / 13° MLK Day
Jan 16
0" 103" 121"

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 each season, we are in very good shape to see another banner season, similar to the 2012, 2007, 2006, 2005 or 2001 seasons. Notice that Lookout Pass always ends up with more snow than Silver Mountain because of its geography. The difference this season is very dramatic: twice as much snow is now at the top of Lookout than is at the top of Silver. But two years ago, Lookout only had a 5" advantage. The reason is that while Silver's snowfall mostly comes out of Portland, Lookout also gets hit with a river of cold air flowing over the pass from Montana.

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 way above normal this year, our Snow Water Equivalent (SWE) is below the 1981-2010 average. October saw rainfall that broke local records for both October and for any month!

Open the current graph from the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Idaho,
      in a separate window

MLK Day
Jan 18
2016
6" 47" 61" 27° / 31° MLK Day
Jan 18
2016
5" 58" 90"
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 17
0" 50" 60" 28° /
(0")
Wednesday
Jan 18
3" 50" 60" 32° / 30° Wednesday
Jan 18
3" 103" 121"
Thursday
Jan 19
5" 50" 60" 30° / 32° Thursday
Jan 19
5" 91" 121"
Friday
Jan 20
3" 50" 60" 26° / 29°   Friday
Jan 20
1" 91" 121"
6 Lifts, 80 Trails Open, 27 Trails Groomed

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Jim and I joined other Prime Timers for lunch in the Loft, after a morning workout on firmly packed machine groomed runs, where heavy fog exacerbated surface uncertainty, leading to thigh muscle fatigue that made four runs sufficient exercise for the day. The photo taken from the Lodge at 1:05 shows the fog lifting, and a lift line that seems odd because it was "Boomer Friday," where a lift ticket for anyone 40 or older is $30. This Friday tradition started 20 years ago when Baby Boomers were actually in their 40's; the name of this popular bargain remains the same.

Saturday
Jan 21
0" 50" 60" 27° / 25° Saturday
Jan 21
1" 91" 121"
Sunday
Jan 22
3" 50" 60" 30° / 28°   Sunday
Jan 22
2" 92" 122"

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I caught a ride with Mark just after 7 AM. He likes to arrive an hour before the lifts open, and I see his point. No hustle was needed for me to be on the chairlift by 8:35. Although it was another foggy day, the snow texture was far more uniform than two days ago. Maintaining edge control was not a preoccupation and thirteen runs flew by. Marmot off Chair #3 was in perfect shape, as were Cloud Nine and Keystone off Chair #2. Long anticipated and much appreciated, the Summit House is now open EVERY DAY from 10 AM to 2 PM! Actually, this popular feature has been open for a month, featuring welcome mid-day treats, but I somehow missed seeing it... twenty feet away from the top of Chair #1

Monday
Jan 23
2" 50" 60" 26° / 28° Monday
Jan 23
3" 95" 125"
Tuesday
Jan 24
0" 50" 60" 26° /
(0")
Wednesday
Jan 25
2" 50" 60" 23° / 22° Wednesday
Jan 25
1" 95" 125"
Thursday
Jan 26
0" 50" 60 23° / 23°   Thursday
Jan 26
3" 104" 121"

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Jim and I arrived about 10:15 to find both parking lots full on a cloudy but warm morning. As we parked in the overflow area, we realized that we were part of progressive radio KPND Day with loud rock music (95.3 FM) and $9.53 lift tickets! And yet on three of five visits to Chair #2, we simply skied up and sat down. When Jim reached the bottom of Marmot, he found only one skier talking to the lift operator. When I arrived a minute later, there were five of us chatting at the bottom of Chair #3. I made a total of eight runs, two more than Jim. On my seventh run, I had Keystone all to myself... except for the one snowboarder seen in the mouseover close-up. Yet when I joined Jim in the Loft, the place was packed. The resort can accommodate a lot of happy people without lift lines.

Friday
Jan 27
0" 50" 60" 23° / 15° Friday
Jan 27
1" 104" 121"
Saturday
Jan 28
0" 50" 60" 25° / 23° Saturday
Jan 28
0" 104" 121"
  Sunday
Jan 29
0" 50" 60" 30° / 27° Sunday
Jan 29
0" 104" 121"
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I rode to the resort with Mark and his daughter Kaitlyn in time to catch the morning sun hitting the summit at 7:44. Made eight runs by 10:15 with no lift lines. However, after coffee I encountered a lift line on Chair #1... which made me meet Hank from Post Falls, a semi-retired 70 year old physician with a diverse curriculum vitae who skis as fast as me. We made seven runs together off Chairs #2 and #3, and had seven very interesting conversations about science and life experiences. He also witnessed my only fall when an out-of-control snowboarder hit me from behind as I raced down Black Bear. Thankfully my tiger-quick reflexes safely sat me down on the lad, which made an impression on him. All together I made eighteen runs by 1:30 on a most beautiful day.
Monday
Jan 30
0" 50" 60" (29°) / 30° Monday
Jan 30
0" 104" 121"
Tuesday
Jan 31
2" 50" 60" 19° /
(4")
Wednesday
Feb 1
3" 50" 60" 10° / 17° Wednesday
Feb 1
0" 104" 121"
Thursday
Feb 2
0" 50" 60" 10° / 14° Thursday
Feb 2
0" 104" 121"
Friday
Feb 3
0" 50" 60" 22° / Friday
Feb 3
1" 105" 122"
Saturday
Feb 4
13" 50" 60" 30° / 31° Saturday
Feb 4
16" 105" 122"
Sunday
Feb 5
20" 60" 70" 31° / 33°   Sunday
Feb 5
13" 105" 122"
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Mark and I journeyed to the pass early, before I-90 shut down east bound due to 18-wheelers slip sliding around. I made four runs and one face-plant during a brutal morning battling dense snow underfoot and wet snow in the face. My slow motion fall happened on the side of Rainbow Ridge, when I poorly transitioned from one to three feet of untracked snow. No big deal, more humorous than distressing... but still, I was happy to retire to the crowded Loft, where most of the day's adult crowd seemed to be. Naturally, when we were ready to leave about noon, the interstate was again closed, west bound this time. Thus it was a long ski day that involved very little skiing, lots of conversation and some alcohol.
Monday
Feb 6
10" 60" 70" 25° / 26° Monday
Feb 6
29" 105" 122"
Tuesday
Feb 7
2" 60" 70" 20° /
(10")
Wednesday
Feb 8
4" 60" 70" 20° / 18° Wednesday
Feb 8
10" 112" 129"
CLOSED
by weather
3" 60" 70" 35° / 34° CLOSED
by weather
2" 112" 129"
Friday
Feb 10
3" 60" 70" 29° / 34° Friday
Feb 10
0" 112" 129"
Saturday
Feb 11
1" 60" 70" 25° / 26° Saturday
Feb 11
2" 114" 131"
Sunday
Feb 12
0" 60" 70" 24° / 18° Sunday
Feb 12
0" 114" 131"
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Arrived early with Mark and Kaitlyn, and thus loaded my first chair at 8:25 on a beautiful morning. No new snow, so it was a day for fast groomers and no trees. Firmly packed snow and ~10° at Chair #2, sent me back to the Lodge for a tasty breakfast sandwich. However by mid-morning all surfaces were softer and the sunshine made everything warm. Especially appreciated was hot chocolate on the sunny Summit House deck. I made thirteen runs by about 1:30. In summary, it was a lazy day spent going fast.
Monday
Feb 13
0" 60" 70" 32° / 22° Monday
Feb 13
0" 114" 131"
Tuesday
Feb 14
0 60" 70" 32° /
(0")
Wednesday
Feb 15
0 (60") (70") 36° / 30° Wednesday
Feb 15
0" 98 106
Thursday
Feb 16
0" (60") (70") 37° / 38° Thursday
Feb 16
0" 98 106
Friday
Feb 17
0" 60" 70" 30° / 31° Friday
Feb 17
0" 98 106
Saturday
Feb 18
8" 60" 70" 30° / 29° Saturday
Feb 18
1" 98 106
  Sunday
Feb 19
6" 60" 70" 29° / 29°   Sunday
Feb 19
1" 98 106
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Caught a ride with Patty on a partly cloudy day made for exercise. I made seventeen runs, stopping at 2:15 when a blizzard blew in from Montana. The photo highlights "Mullan Lake," a settling pond built to collect water pumped from more than a mile below the surface in the Lucky Friday silver mine. Since 1884, mines in the Silver Valley have produced 1.24 billion ounces of silver, including 4.52 million ounces in 2015. The close-up (mouseover) image shows Chair #3 at the bottom of intermediate trail Red Dog.
  Pres. Day
Feb 20
4" 60" 70" 29° /
28°
Pres. Day
Feb 20
4" 98" 106"
Pres. Day
Feb 15
2016
0" (60") (72") 38° /
35°
Pres. Day
Feb 15
2016
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"


Last winter featured one of the strongest El Nino events on record, but this winter La Nina gave us colder than normal temperatures in the Northwest. Examination of this snowfall log shows many more single digit temperatures than normal. As shown on the graph we also had a very unusual amount of rain early in the season. The good news is that we exceeded 100" of snow at the summit of Lookout Pass by December 28. 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 as La Nina fades away. 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 above average for total precipitation so far this season, we lag behind in snow water equivalents due to oscillation between too cold to snow and too warm to snow. 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 21
5" 60" 70" 30° /
(9")
Wednesday
Feb 22
8" (60") (70") 28° / 29° Wednesday
Feb 22
13" 98" 106"
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I-90, Montana Exit 0 camera facing northwest
current weather
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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
119
79" March 16
Days open in 2015/2016 Season
Maximum snow depth at summit
106
113" March 17
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 59
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)
2007/2008 197" 19 (19.4%) 43.7 (2.30/day!)
2006/2007 163" 37 (34.9%) 79.8 (2.16/day!)

 

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