Idaho Daily Snow

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By Steve Stuebner, Forecaster Posted 3 months ago December 3, 2023

Snow storms deliver the goods! 10-20" so far

Summary

Skiers/riders came out to enjoy the new snow on Saturday at Idaho ski areas, and there will be more fun on the slopes Sunday, with Lookout and Pomerelle opening their slopes. More snow is forecast on Sunday with winter-like temps until a warm front ushers in a very wet Atmospheric River event that will last through Wed night/Thurs AM. Temps will cool down and more snow is expected by Thurs/Fri.

Short Term Forecast


Skiers/riders were stoked to hit the slopes at Idaho ski areas statewide on Saturday. (Courtesy Brundage Mountain Resort). 

Snow totals from the storm system so far as of Sunday morning (last 48 hours): 

- Pomerelle - 20" 
- Lookout Pass - 16"
- Brundage - 14"
- Silver Mountain - 12"
- Schweitzer - 11" 
- Bogus Basin - 11" 
- Sun Valley - 8"
- Tamarack - 5" (according to Tam ski report; this number may be low)

Pomerelle is working on getting unburied. It's opening for the season on Sunday, 12/3, and Lookout Pass will be opening for the first time Sunday morning as well. 

The last wave of cold storms will continue to pound snow on Sunday especially in the West Central Mountains and Boise Mountains, with another 4-8" expected during the day. In SE Idaho, Pomerelle and Pebble are forecast to get 8-13" on Sunday, and Magic should get a big dose in that range as well.

3-5" are forecast at Sun Valley, which is exceeding snow forecasts so far out of this storm, and 2-4" are forecast at Bogus, Tam, Schweitzer, Silver Mountain, and Lookout during the day on Sunday. Enjoy the snow, and I hope the snow quantities allow ski areas to open up more terrain.  


Sun Valley has opened slopes from the top of Bald Mountain due to snow-making and natural snow. (courtesy Sun Valley)

A dramatic warm-up will occur Monday night with a warm front leading an AR event that is expected to last through Wed PM. Temps will be 10-15 degrees above normal by mid-week. High amounts of liquid precipitation are forecast. That'll pack down the snow for sure. 


Snow levels are expected to vault from 7,700 feet to 9,100 feet after midnight Monday in the Idaho Panhandle, well above ski area summits. Snow levels in the Central Mountains are expected to go up to 7,200 by Monday night at Brundage and Tamarack and over 9,000 feet at Bogus Basin.

The precip levels will be heavy in the Panhandle through Tuesday. Rain is expected to moderate by Tuesday in Central and Southern Idaho and some clearing is expected at Sun Valley, Pomerelle and Pebble Creek.

Extended Forecast

All of that warm moisture mid-week will pack down the base, and then we have another storm system coming in on Thursday of next week. 

Early predictions from OpenSnow.com show Schweitzer, Silver and Lookout getting 7-10" Thursday-Friday, Brundage 15", Tam 10", and 4-6" at Sun Valley, Pomerelle, Pebble and Bogus Basin. We'll have more definition in the coming days. But good to see more snow and a cool-off coming with a cold front on Wednesday PM/Thursday. 

Thanks for reading. My next forecast will be on Tuesday, Dec. 5. 

- Steve Stuebner, Idaho Daily Snow  

Announcements

Sun Valley is operating 7 days a week. More terrain is opening this weekend with the new snow. The Bald Mountain Summit is open now for skiing/riding. See the Mountain Report.    

Silver Mountain is opening for the season this weekend. Chair 1, Chair 2, Chair 5, and the magic carpet will be operating. Here is the schedule for this weekend: Friday: Tubing hill and bunny hill only, first gondola at 9:30; Saturday and Sunday: Chairs 1, 2, and 5 as well as the magic carpet. First gondola at 8:15 am. Lift tickets are $59 for adults and $49 for youth.

Schweitzer Mountain is operating 7 days a week, 9 am to 3:30 pm. Terrain: Midway trail only, accessed by Basin Express quad. Also, several terrain park features are set up on lower Midway. (Please stay on the groomed trail). Lift Tickets are available for purchase on-site at a discounted rate of $50. Magic carpet is free to use but you will need to stop by the Ski & Ride Center or Guest Services to pick up your free ticket first. 

Lookout Pass is opening on Sunday, Dec. 3. 9 am - 3:30 pm. Chairs 1 & 4 will be spinning. Lift ticket prices are as follows: $49 Adult, (ages 18-64) Military or College w/Id, Just $39 Youth (ages 7-17) or Sr. (ages 65-79). 

Bogus Basin reopens this weekend on Saturday, Dec. 2, and Sunday, Dec. 3, 9 am to 4:30 pm. Adult lift tickets cost $49 (plus tax). Front side terrain park will be open plus the Showcase run. Deer Point Express and Coach chairlifts, Easy Rider, and Explorer conveyor lifts will be in operation. Go to Bogus Basin social sites for more information. 

Brundage Mountain is opening the Easy Street chairlift on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 2-3, from 9 am to 4 pm. Lift tickets are $5. Smoky’s Bar & Grill will be open from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm both days, and guests will be treated to 50% savings on all rental gear in the Fall Line Shop. 

Tamarack Resort is opening for a Winter Preview on Friday, Dec. 1 on the beginner hill serviced by the Discovery Chairlift. Operating 9 am to 4 pm. The lift accesses freshly groomed slopes with mini-terrain park features. Lift Tickets are $15 for non-Boundless Pass holders!! The Discovery lift will be open through Sunday, Dec. 3. 

Pomerelle is opening for the season on Sunday, Dec. 3. They're working on getting unburied and opening Howell Canyon Road. Watch their Facebook page for more information. 

Pebble Creek and Magic Mountain are waiting for more snow. Ditto for Kelly Canyon. 

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/HCC5uYsfTIQ?si=ne16-b3kATTRotnD

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Steve Stuebner

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Steve Stuebner has a big appetite for outdoor fun. When he's not providing snow forecasts for Idaho, Steve works on web videos, press releases, blogs, and social media, with a specialization in natural resources, outdoor travel, and tourism.

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