A Low pressure trough centered over SE Idaho Sunday has dropped 36" of fresh *pow* at Pomerelle and 24" at Pebble Creek, and there's another more snow forecast to fall in that region before the Low exits to the east. Chilly unsettled weather is forecast elsewhere Sunday with a chance of light snow. Partial clearing expected Mon-Wed before another Low trough brings more snow Thursday.
Short Term Forecast
Community Day at Schweitzer raised $18,660 from skiers/riders who paid $20 for a lift ticket on Friday, March 24, to support local nonprofits. (photo courtesy Schweitzer Mountain Resort)
An elongated Low pressure trough is bringing fresh *pow* to Pomerelle, Magic and Pebble Creek, and presumably Kelly Canyon as well. The Low is causing generally unsettled, cloudy weather across Idaho on Sunday as squalls and bands of moisture spin off the system. High temps will be winter-like in the high teens to low 20s. No significant snow is forecast outside of SE Idaho on Sunday, with just 1-3" expected during the ski/ride day.
That Low system will exit to our east on Monday, bringing partial cloudy skies nearly statewide.
N. Idaho ski areas will enjoy some clearing skies Monday-Wednesday with gradually warming high temps each day. The same is true for Central and Southern Idaho but the sunshine won't last for long with another Low trough moving down the California coast on Wednesday-Thursday, which will spin off bands of moisture into Idaho.
With the Low troughs in place, afternoon high temperatures are forecast to remain on the cool side, 10-15 degrees below normal.
Another moist storm system is forecast next weekend, with potentially deep snow totals exceeding 6"-10" in N. Idaho and Central Idaho. We'll see how that plays out.
*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. See Steve's article in Ski Idaho about the new Eagle Peak area at Lookout, doubling the amount of skiable terrain and doubling the fun!
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. However, Tamarack announced they will be open for a bonus week, April 3-9, with discounted lift tickets and free for Boundless season pass holders. See web site for details.
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 hosted an end of season party on Saturday, March 25 with a cardbox derby and pond skim.
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.