Glad to see the Fri/Sat storm deliver the goods nearly statewide! An Arctic cold front will bring very cold temps Sunday night into Monday, with a Northwest flow and below-zero wind chill statewide. A high pressure system will move into position squarely over Idaho by Wed-Thurs, bringing mostly sunny skies and warmer temps each day. Next chance of significant snow is Friday.
Short Term Forecast
Photo is courtesy Magic Mountain, near Twin Falls, where they got 8" of new snow Friday and Saturday.
Noteworthy 72-hour snow totals from the latest storm system:
- Pebble Creek - 20"
- Lookout Pass - 15"
- Silver Mountain - 15"
- Pomerelle - 10"
- Brundage - 8"
- Bogus Basin - 7"
- Schweitzer - 6"
- Tamarack - 3"
Nothing but smiles at Brundage on Saturday, a pow day. (courtesy Brundage Mountain Resort)
The frigid Arctic air mass will remain over Idaho through Monday night. Be sure to dress very warm for skiing/riding on Monday because of below-zero wind chill expected statewide with Northwest winds. Temperatures will moderate beginning on Tuesday and warm up to the mid-20s by Wednesday and close to 30 by Thursday at Lookout and Bogus Basin.
A dome of high pressure and a change to more of a SW flow will allow the temperature to warm up mid-week and provide some bluebird ski days. Sun Valley should have bluebird conditions for the next 7 days in a row.
Central and Southern Idaho ski areas will see partly cloudy to sunny skies Wednesday and Thursday.
A slight chance of snow will occur at the Idaho Panhandle resorts Monday night/TuesdayTuesday night but no significant accumulation is expected. Maybe a couple of inches max by Tuesday night. Skies will be partly cloudy to cloudy in the Panhandle Wednesday and Thursday.
A Low pressure trough is expected to move into our region by Friday and bring a chance of snow, Friday-Monday. Snow amounts look pretty light right now with a chance of 1-2" of new each day, and the best chance of snow on Monday, Feb. 6.
Idaho Mountain Snowpack/Snow-Water Equivalent map as of Jan. 29 shows above-average snowpack nearly everywhere statewide and some 150% of normal values. All good for Idaho's ski areas, backcountry skiing, whitewater rafting next summer and and the coming year's water supply for irrigation.
Thanks for reading! My next forecast will be on Tuesday, Jan. 31.
- Steve Stuebner, Idaho Daily Snow
Lookout Pass is open daily. All lifts in operation. 49" base at the bottom, 60" on top.
Schweitzer Mountain is open 7 days a week. 10 of 10 lifts in operation, 92 trails and 2 parks. 52"-82" base.
Silver Mountain is open 7 days a week. Chairs 1, 2, 3, 5 and Prospector are in operation. 76 trails open. 61" base at the lodge, 70" at the summit.
Sun Valley is operating daily. 102 trails open, 48 groomed, 11 lifts operating. 71" base at the bottom, 92" on top. Dollar Mountain is operating daily.
Wood River xc trails are open! See more details here.
Sawtooth Avalanche Center has the latest backcountry conditions for the greater Sun Valley and Sawtooth areas.
Bogus Basin is operating 7 days a week. The whole mountain is open. 9 of 10 lifts operating; 91 of 93 runs are open. Base depth 57." Night skiing is open for the season. Nordic trails are open.
Brundage Mountain is operating 7 days a week. They are 100% open (terrain-wise). 6 of 6 lifts operating. Snow base is 56" at the bottom and 86" at the summit.
Tamarack Resort is open 7 days a week. All lifts running. 64-67" base. 46 runs are open and two parks. Nordic trails are open and groomed for xc skiing.
Little Ski Hill is open. Bear Basin xc ski area is fully groomed and open for Nordic skiing and snowshoeing. See McCall Nordic for conditions at all the xc ski areas in Valley County.
Check with the Payette Avalanche Center on the latest conditions.
Pomerelle is operating daily. Night skiing begins on Dec. 27. 3 lifts in operation. 67" base. 31 trails open, 31 groomed and one park.
Soldier Mountain is operating Thursday-Sunday. 60" base. Two lifts in operation plus magic carpet.
Kelly Canyon is operating Wednesday-Sunday. Check hours of operation on the web site.
Magic Mountain is open Thursday-Sunday.
Pebble Creek is operating 7 days a week. 50"-82" base.