2017/2018 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"
2016/2017 Snowfall Log
144"
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.
43 Days Open in 2017/2018 season as of
January 22, 2018
55
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
 
/ 24° Saturday
Nov 4
2" 8" 20"
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I rode up to the resort with Jim on an overcast 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. Jim, feeling more adventurous, made three runs on dry snow that was "knee deep and less." He claimed only one fall, but was throughly exhausted on the first day of skiing in the Inland Empire this season.

/ 26° Sunday
Nov 5
5" 12" 25"

/ 32° Friday
Nov 10
2" 16" 29"

/ 32° Saturday
Nov 11
2" 16" 30"

/ 32° Sunday
Nov 12
1" 16" 30"

/ 27° Friday
Nov 17
7" 12" 26"

/ 27° Saturday
Nov 18
8" 16" 32"
Sunday
Nov 19
0" 22" 30" 25° / 25° Sunday
Nov 19
1" 16" 32"
Gondola 8:15 - 4:00, 4 lifts operating
46 trails open, 14 trails groomed

/ 28° Friday
Dec 1
2" 10" 24"

/ 29° Saturday
Dec 2
1" 10" 24"
Sunday
Dec 3
4" 12" 18" 29° / 29° Sunday
Dec 3
5" 12" 27"
Gondola 8:15 - 4:00, 3 lifts operating
4 trails open, 4 trails groomed

/ 22° Monday
Dec 4
2" 12" 27"

/ 25° Thursday
Dec 7
0" 12" 27"

/ 28° Friday
Dec 8
0" 12" 27"
Saturday
Dec 9
0" 12" 18" 28° / 17° Saturday
Dec 9
0" 12" 27"
Gondola 8:15 - 4:00, 3 lifts operating
4 trails open, 4 trails groomed
Climate Change has impacted all parts of the country this year with extreme weather: three major hurricanes devastating Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, and two enormous fires devastating California. Here in the Silver Valley, the weather is unusually pleasant for this time of year... devastating our early ski season. However, Jim and I had to get some exercise on such a beauful and mild December day, so we made six runs at mid-day on well-groomed Front Side trails.
Sunday
Dec 10
0" 12" 18" 24° / 18° Sunday
Dec 10
0" 12" 27"

/ 21° Monday
Dec 11
0" 10" 27"

/ 25° Thursday
Dec 14
1" 12" 27"
Friday
Dec 15
0" 12" 18" 29° / 28° Friday
Dec 15
1" 12" 27"
"3 Lifts Operating, 4 Trails Open, 4 Trails Groomed"
Saturday
Dec 16
6" 16" 22" 19° / 17° Saturday
Dec 16
4" 12" 30"
"3 Lifts Operating, 8 Trails Open, 8 Trails Groomed"
Sunday
Dec 17
1" 17" 23" 22° / 23° Sunday
Dec 17
2" 12" 30"
Monday
Dec 18
4" 17" 24" 23° / 23° Monday
Dec 18
2" 12" 30"
Tuesday
Dec 19
13" 17" 24" 32° / 29° Tuesday
Dec 19
17" 22" 42"
Wednesday
Dec 20
17" 31" 46" 25° / 29° Wednesday
Dec 20
24" 26" 47"
"4 Lifts Operating, 48 Trails Open, 17 Trails Groomed" "Chair 2 OPEN"
  Thursday
Dec 21
1" 31" 46" 21° / 19° Thursday
Dec 21
10" 26" 47"
My son and grandson from Florida again joined me for an outstanding day spent racing down perfectly packed powder. Keegan learned to ski here in 2014. Dan visited on a powder day in 2016. Today we skied together and separately. I made eighteen runs; naturally the kid made more. Chair 3 opened midday, and I took Marmot soon after, only to discover an emergency rescue underway at the bottom. It's still early season, folks. Be careful. Rainbow Ridge off Chair 2 was in excellent condition, with an added bonus: a view of the NEW Tamarack Trail, the first trail cut as part of the fully approved expansion to include Chairs 5 and 6. Chair 5 will be accessed by this trail, which also joins with That Way to access Chair 2. Today this MILE LONG run was closed, waiting for enough snow to groom at the bottom. We all had a wonderful day of exercise, followed by all of us asleep by 7 PM. click to enlarge photo in a separate window
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Friday
Dec 22
4" 35" 50" 19° / 20° Friday
Dec 22
2" 26" 47"
Saturday
Dec 23
2" 35" 50" / 13° Saturday
Dec 23
4" 26" 48"
Sunday
Dec 24
0" 35" 50" 10° / Sunday
Dec 24
4" 26" 48"
Christmas
Dec 25
2" 35" 50" 18° / 14° Christmas
Dec 25
2" 26" 48"
"5 Lifts Operating, 53 Trails Open, 21 Trails Groomed"
Tuesday
Dec 26
3" 35" 50" 11° / 10° Tuesday
Dec 26
3" 27" 49"
"5 Lifts operating, 57 Trails open, 20 Trails groomed" Keegan and I braved the frigid morning temperature to again ski on perfectly packed powder. While I got ice cream headaches on the first couple of runs, my grandson from Florida insisted that "it's not that bad." One difference, today the humidity was negligible, while in Florida the humidity is oppressive whether it is hot or cold. We made four runs together early in the morning and six late in the day. I was amazed by his progress. He had tackled Idaho Face and Marmot on his own, so we were able to race down Cloud Nine and Keystone together... yes, the 12 year old always beat me. click to enlarge photo in a separate window
I made eighteen runs during the day, Keegan made 23! Five of my runs were through the trees between Rainbow Ridge and the new and very mellow Tamarack Trail. My favorite out-of-bounds forest that I have previously called Rainbow Woods (aka, the Forbidden Forest) is now encapsulated by these trails.
Wednesday
Dec 27
3" 40" 50" 19° / 21° Wednesday
Dec 27
4" 29" 50"
Thursday
Dec 28
5" 40" 50" 27° / 27° Thursday
Dec 28
6" 30" 52"
Friday
Dec 29
14" 40" 50" 27° / 30° Friday
Dec 29
17" 34" 57"
"5 Lifts Operating, 61 Trails Open, 22 Trails Groomed"
Saturday
Dec 30
9" 42" 54" 27° / 29° Saturday
Dec 30
17" 37" 60"
  Sunday
Dec 31
2" 42" 54" 21° / 16° Sunday
Dec 31
18" 4" 62"
"6 lifts operating, 74 trails open, 26 trails groomed" Keegan and I returned to the mountain on an exceptionally busy day. As I've stated many times before, I am happy to see (infrequent) lift lines because it brings Chairs 5 and 6 closer to reality. This early morning photo taken from the new Tamarack Trail shows the approximate Chair 5 top terminal (use mouseover). Its base will be at the bottom of this mellow new trail.
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During this beautiful day I made fifteen runs, took a break in the Loft and rode Chair 1 and 2 with a variety of interesting people. Chair 3, on the other hand, had only two people in line when I arrived after a vigorous run down Marmot. Keegan never stopped his quest to master the mountain and ended the day with 26 runs to his credit.
  New Year
2018
1" 42" 54" 21° / 18° New Year
2018
0" 40" 62"
Q: So how are we doing this year from a historical perspective?

Notice how the mediocre snow levels on this New Years compares with the levels in 2012...
Now check out Silver Mountain's amazing free day of skiing on May 13, 2012!

So don't write this season off because of its odd beginning. Notice that Lookout Pass opened sooner than ever before, yet conditions then faded, only to recover in the last week. A common saying is "If you don't like the weather in North Idaho, wait a minute." So to stay on top of seasonal variations, you should bookmark both my weather and snowfall forecast pages.

Greg Marsh
New Year
2017
3" 39" 44" 16° / 19° New Year
2017
4" 98" 115"
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"
Tuesday
Jan 2
0" 42" 54" 23° / 21° Tuesday
Jan 2
0" 40" 62"
Wednesday
Jan 3
0" 42" 54" 29° / 29° Wednesday
Jan 3
0" 40" 62"
Thursday
Jan 4
0" 42" 54" 28° / 23° Thursday
Jan 4
0.5" 40" 62"
Keegan turned 13 today and by Lookout's birthday policy, he skied for free. The extreme cold weather engulfing the entire nation east of here crept over the pass today. The river of frigid air moving rapidly across the Chair 1 lift was brutal. Chair 2 lift saw much less wind, but seemed colder than the 22° measured at the summit around noon. That could simply be because I wore the wrong jacket... but Keegan was ready to leave by 2 PM as well. The excellent machined groomed packed powder on all trails made the wind bearable... to a point. I made thirteen runs, while the newly minted teenager was content with twenty. Late tonight he and my son will return to Fernandina Beach, Florida, where it snowed yesterday! Further up the Atlantic Coast they are experiencing a "bomb cyclone." This new weather term refers to a localized and intense blizzard with more than 70 mph winds. The Great Plains from Texas to Canada is also locked in a freezer that makes today at Lookout seem temperate.
Friday
Jan 5
0" 42" 54" 35° / 27° Friday
Jan 5
0" 40" 62"
JACKASS DAYS (50 year anniversary): RETRO PRICES just $12 for lift tickets today. Tickets are good for both Day and Night Skiing until 9 pm!
Saturday
Jan 6
3" 48" 59" 29° / 33° Saturday
Jan 6
1" 40" 62"
Sunday
Jan 7
1" 48" 59" 25° / 26° Sunday
Jan 7
2" 42" 62"
Monday
Jan 8
4" 48" 59" 32° / 30° Monday
Jan 8
2" 42" 62"
Tuesday
Jan 9
5" 48" 59" 31° /
(2")
Wednesday
Jan 10
6" 48" 59" 23° / 24° Wednesday
Jan 10
1" 42" 62"
Thursday
Jan 11
8" 51" 61" 25° / 25° Thursday
Jan 11
11" 47" 69"
Jim and I made eight runs on "hero powder" by 11:30 on a foggy morning. Three inches of dry overnight snow on a machine groomed packed powder base made turning effortless, and the morning magical. As Jim shouted while floating past me on untracked powder: "This makes me feel like a kid again!"
Friday
Jan 12
10" 51" 61" 29° / 29° Friday
Jan 12
13" 50" 72"
Jim and I returned for another foggy morning of powder skiing. Except that the six inches that fell last night on top of the seven inches that fell during the day was... damp. So yesterday's easy romp was today's heavy workout. Yesterday I danced with the mountain, today I conquered the mountain. Thus in two hours I only made six runs, took a coffee break, and plopped down briefly, exhausted, in the massive skier-chop encountered on Silver. Jim with his fat skis had an easier time in the trees, but I was happy to stay upright on major runs where untracked surfaces mixed with deep prior passages.
Saturday
Jan 13
13" 51" 61" 31° / 29° Saturday
Jan 13
11" 50" 72"
Sunday
Jan 14
5" 51" 61" 31° / 33° Sunday
Jan 14
3" 50" 72"
  MLK Day
Jan 15
0" 51" 61" 34° / 30° MLK Day
Jan 15
0" 50" 72"

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. Notice that while Silver Mountain is reporting essentially the same snow levels as last year, Lookout Pass is reporting FOUR FEET LESS than last year. A similar huge difference in snow levels was seen in 2013 and 2007, but every year sees the resort on the Montana border receiving more snow than the larger resort above Kellogg, two dozen miles away. 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 slightly above normal this year, our Snow Water Equivalent (SWE) is currently below the 1981-2010 average.

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

MLK Day
Jan 16
2017
0" 50" 60" 22° / 13° MLK Day
Jan 16
2017
0" 103" 121"
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 16
0" 51" 61" 37° /
(0")
Wednesday
Jan 17
0" 51" 61" 30° / 31° Wednesday
Jan 17
0" 50" 72"
Thursday
Jan 18
3" 53" 64" 31° / 32° Thursday
Jan 18
2" 50" 72"
Friday
Jan 19
8" 53" 64" 29° / 24° Friday
Jan 19
18" 55" 80"
"6 Lifts Operating, 77 Trails Open, 20 Trails Groomed"   "Boomer Fridays begin: Over 40 => $30 Lift Ticket"
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 20
2" 53" 62" 26° / 27° Saturday
Jan 20
5" 55" 80"
Sunday
Jan 21
0" 53" 62" 25° / 24° Sunday
Jan 21
2" 55" 80"
Monday
Jan 22
2" 53" 62" 26° / 28° Monday
Jan 22
7" 56" 81"
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I-90, Montana Exit 0 camera facing northwest
current weather
on Lookout Pass
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Silver Mountain
122
94" March 9
 
Days open in 2016/2017 Season

Maximum snow depth at summit
Lookout Pass
105
144" March 26

This Snow Water Equivalent Graph was downloaded on April 24, 2017, and shows that when compared with thirty year averages, total precipatation this season was record setting. However, the amount falling as snow was slightly diminished from normal, but better than last season due to decent snowfall in March. Click on this end-of-season graph to open the current NRCA Snowpack graph in a separate window.

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Silver Mountain Lookout Pass
122
94" March 9
Days open in 2016/2017 Season
Maximum snow depth at summit
105
144" March 26
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 55
Season Max Depth Days Skied (% possible) Vertical Miles (per day)
2016/2017 144" 26 (24.8%) 51.6 (1.99/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!)
2005/2006 168" 24 (21.6%) 58.7 (2.45/day!)
2004/2005 85" 11 (13.3%) 16.6 (1.51/day)
2003/2004 119" 8 (7.7%) 27.7 (3.46/day!)
2002/2003 130" 17 (24.6%) 31.6 (1.86/day)

 

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