What an incredible run of deep *pow* in March! Just as we're approaching the final weeks of ski/ride season! Bogus Basin got smothered with another foot of new snow Thursday AM, and another 6-10" will fall during the ski/ride day. Pomerelle is getting hammered as well with 16-24" forecast Thurs/Fri. A very potent storm arrives statewide Friday PM, bringing 1-2 feet by Sunday. Snow. Snow. Snow!
Short Term Forecast
Bogus Basin snow stake at the bottom of the ski hill is smothered as of Thursday morning, 3/30, after getting 12" Wed night/Thursday AM, and 15" in the last 24 hours. (photo courtesy Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area). Bogus Basin's ski base is now 111" deep with two weeks left to go in the season.
N. Idaho ski areas have largely missed the storms hitting Southern Idaho this week, but by Friday night-Sunday, they'll be getting the goods with a Low pressure trough passing over the top of Idaho this weekend. That'll make for blizzard-like conditions for pond skimming events and cardboard derbies, but hey, that's all part of the fun, right? (see events below)
The forecast in N. Idaho on Thursday is partial sunshine, a bit of fog in the morning, and a chance of light snow. By Friday night, the potent snow storm approaches and will bomb snow mainly during the day on Saturday, Saturday PM and Sunday, with 1-2 feet piling up by Sunday PM. And then another Low trough pushes through Idaho Sunday/Monday, bringing more snow. It just keeps coming!
Besides Bogus and Pom getting pummeled with snow lately, Sun Valley has gotten 9" in the last 24 hours and 13" in the last 72 hours. They had 2" fresh as of Thursday AM, and another 2-4" on Thursday.
By Friday night, the main impact of a potent moist weather system will hit Brundage, Tamarack, Bogus Basin, Sun Valley, Pomerelle and Pebble Creek with 1-2 feet of new snow by Sunday PM. The biggest impact will be during the ski/ride day on Saturday when there will be pond skims going on at Tam, and a unique beer event going on at Brundage. At least 1 foot of new snow will fall during the 24-hour period on Saturday, with more coming Sunday and Monday.
Snow levels look good for the storm events, staying below base areas, and high temps will be in the mid-20s. Breezy blizzard-like conditions will prevail especially on Saturday during the day.
Another Low trough moves across Idaho on Sunday night-Tuesday time period bringing more snow.
We should dry out by next Wednesday-Thursday for a break from all the steady precipitation.
By mid-April, seeing a High Pressure ridge moving into Idaho and the Pacific Northwest for the first time in months~! Maybe we'll get some warmer weather and sunshine for the final weekend of the ski season in a few places. A number of resorts will be closed by April 9.
*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 week or two left in the season!
Lookout Pass is open daily. All lifts in operation. 80"- 96" 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. 71"-106" base.
Total snowfall: 271" Schweitzer's season pass sale is now under way! Schweitzer is hosting a pond skim and cardboard derby this weekend. See events sked for details. Closing day is April 9.
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. Daily operations end at Silver on April 9. Weekend operations close on April 22.
Sun Valley is operating daily. 91 trails open, 44 groomed, 12 lifts operating. 117" base at the bottom, 174" on top. Dollar Mountain is closed. 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 93." 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 83" at the bottom and 144" 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. 100-101" 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. (closed temporarily Tueday, 3/28) 3 lifts in operation. 115" base. Total snowfall: 406". 31 trails open, 31 groomed and one park. Night skiing is closed. Pomerelle plans to close on Saturday, April 1, with the Slush Cup event; costumes encouraged! They may reopen on weekends in April.
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 closed for the season.
Pebble Creek is operating 7 days a week. 56"-112" base.