A cold front pushed into Idaho Thurs. PM/Friday AM, bringing colder winter-like temps and 3-5" of new snow nearly statewide for some Friday freshies for skiers/riders. A Low pressure trough over the Pacific Northwest will slowly move east into Idaho and dip south into Utah on Saturday-Sunday, bringing unstable, breezy weather conditions with winter-like temps and light snow this weekend.
Short Term Forecast
Bogus Basin snow stake area got blown around a fair bit early Friday AM, but it's showing about 5" of new snow and counting! Bogus is forecast to get another 1-3" during the ski/ride day and another 1-2" on Friday night. It'll be cloudy and unsettled throughout the weekend at Bogus with a chance of partly cloudy skies on Monday. (photo courtesy Bogus Basin)
New snow overnight for Friday AM powder day in N. Idaho ranged from 2" of new at Schweitzer, 3" at Silver and 2" at Lookout, with 1-4" more forecast on Friday. Light snow, unstable conditions and winter-like temps will prevail through the weekend with partly cloudy to sunny skies possible on Monday.
Low trough position as of Friday morning will move very slowly to the east and south and remain partially centered over Idaho through the weekend, bringing unstable and winter-like weather.
Brundage and Tamarack got 4" of new snow as of Friday AM, and it's expected to snow hard during the ski/ride day with another 5" to come at Brundage and 3-4" at Tam. 1-3" may fall on Friday night and then light snow is forecast to fall during the day on Saturday and Sunday with highs in the 20s.
It will be windy at Sun Valley and Soldier on Friday, with potentially very big winds in the Camas Prairie with the cold front moving through. Wind gusts of 35 mph are forecast at Sun Valley on Friday afternoon, but it won't be as windy in the AM.
Pomerelle and Magic are forecast to get hit quite hard with this storm with significant winds and 5-8" of new snow to fall during the ski/ride day on Friday. 3" are forecast at Pebble Creek Friday and 3" overnight for a potential of a powder day for Pocatello skiers/riders on Saturday morning. Kelly Canyon should get in on some of that fun as well, with 3-6" forecast over the next two days.
Partial clearing is expected on Monday of next week nearly statewide, but another Low pressure system is forecast to move into the Northwest and Idaho by Tuesday or Wednesday. More snow is forecast by mid-week and going into next weekend.
There's only a week or more to the ski season, depending on location ... (see closing dates below), so get in your turns while you can! It doesn't look all that promising for warm, sunny spring snow in the next 1-2 weeks. Like to have some of that to close out the season!
*March signals the time for spring season pass sales with the best discounted pricing for a winter 2023-24 season pass. Watch for when the sales begin at your favorite ski areas, and snag your pass at the best price!
Watch for fun events going on over weekends in the coming weeks as well. Idaho ski areas are serving up some fun spring skiing events to pique interest!
Starting to see ski resorts announcing their closing dates. Only a couple of weeks left in the season!
Lookout Pass is open daily. All lifts in operation. 78"- 94" base. Total snowfall: 406" at the summit. Spring season pass sales are under way. Closing day is Sunday, April 16.
Schweitzer Mountain is open 7 days a week. 10 of 10 lifts in operation, 92 trails and 2 parks. 73"-108" base.
Total snowfall: 271" Schweitzer's season pass sale is now under way!
Silver Mountain is open 7 days a week. Chairs 1, 2, 3, 5 and Prospector are in operation. 76 trails open. 110-116" base. Total snowfall: 255" Spring season pass sales are under way.
Sun Valley is operating daily. 91 trails open, 44 groomed, 12 lifts operating. 117" base at the bottom, 174" on top. Dollar Mountain is closing Sunday, March 26, with "Dollar Dayz" pond skim event. See Sun Valley events here. The Warm Springs side of Bald Mountain will close on April 9, and River Run on April 16.
Wood River xc trails are skiing great! 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 87." Total snowfall: 262" Night skiing closes on Saturday, March 25. All Nordic trails are open. Closing date is Sunday, April 16.
Brundage Mountain is operating 7 days a week. They are 100% open (terrain-wise). 6 of 6 lifts operating. Snow base is 82" at the bottom and 143" at the summit. Total snowfall: 291" Spring season pass sale goes through March 20. Brundage is having an event Sunday, April 9, "Farewell to the Centennial Chair" which will be replaced by a detachable quad this summer for next season. Closing date is April 9.
Tamarack Resort is open 7 days a week. All lifts running. 102-103" base. Total snowfall: 337". 47 runs are open and two parks. Nordic trails are open and groomed for xc skiing. On weekends, Tamarack is offering free s'mores around a warming fire at the base area. Spring season pass sales are under way. Tam is hosting the Idaho State Pond Skimming Championship on April 1st and closing on April 2.
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. 3 lifts in operation. 105" base. Total snowfall: 336". 31 trails open, 31 groomed and one park. Night skiing is closed.
Soldier Mountain is operating Thursday-Sunday. 66" 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. 47"-99" base.