Well, patience is the watchword in Idaho as we look to the Snow God Ullr to wake up and send us significant snow. A strong ridge of High Pressure will dominate our weather until Tuesday night, when we'll have a chance of light snow statewide through Thursday. It's a weak system with very light snow amounts expected. Sunshine returns Friday-Sunday but temps stay cool anyway for snow-making.
Short Term Forecast
Pomerelle got several inches of new snow on Saturday night. Their snow-reporting system
is not updated from last season, so it's hard to tell how much they got. (courtesy Pomerelle)
A strong ridge of High Pressure will dominate our weather at the beginning of Thanksgiving week through Tuesday. By Tuesday night, a weak storm will move into Northern Idaho, dropping 1/2" of new snow Tuesday night and another 1/2" Wednesday. Schweitzer and Silver Mountain are still hoping to have a limited opening on Thanksgiving Day.
Schweitzer web cam Monday morning, Nov. 20.
Silver Mountain snowcat packing snow. (courtesy Silver Mountain Facebook)
In Central and Southern Idaho, a similar forecast is in store with High Pressure and clear weather to start off this week, and then light snow Wed-Thurs before clearing Friday-Sunday. Only a couple of inches of new snow are forecast mid-week.
Bogus Basin got about 3" of new snow on Saturday night/Sunday morning for its limited terrain park opening over the weekend. Bogus announced it will not open on Thanksgiving Day this week. They'll work on making more snow. Stay tuned!
Screenshot of Bogus Basin video at the Simplot Lodge Sunday morning. (Courtesy Bogus Basin Facebook)
The storm system on Wed-Thurs will favor Magic Mountain, Pomerelle and Pebble Creek with potentially the most snow, up to 4"-6," on Thanksgiving Day and Friday morning best-case scenario.
Sun Valley web cam on the River Run side of the mountain as of Monday, Nov. 20. This is likely the area that will have a limited opening on Thanksgiving Day.
Skies clear Friday-Sunday this weekend.
The NOAA Climate Prediction Center is calling for colder temps next week - good for snow-making - but dry weather in the 8- to 14-day outlook.
Thanks for reading. My next forecast will be on Wednesday, Nov. 20.
- Steve Stuebner, Idaho Daily Snow
Notable opening dates:
Schweitzer Mountain is planning to have a limited opening on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23.
Silver Mountain is planning to have a limited opening on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23.
Sun Valley is planning to open on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23.
All other Idaho ski areas are waiting for more snow.
Brundage Mountain is hosting a Pass Pick Up and Wax Party from Noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 25. Smoky’s Bar and Grill will be open, and the Fall Line retail shop is offering 20% off hot waxes and deep discounts on last season’s demo gear, along with Black Friday sales on retail items. The Guest Services office will be open for Season Pass purchases and pick up. Brundage Mountain has upgraded its ticketing system, so everyone will need a new RFID card this year.
Read about all of the improvements at Idaho's Ski Areas for the 2023-24 ski/ride season via SkiIdaho.
See a "Sizzle Reel" from Ski Idaho: https://youtu.be/
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