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By Steve Stuebner, Forecaster Posted 19 days ago February 12, 2024

3"-5" new in N. Idaho; next storm Wed-Thurs

Summary

Schweitzer got 5" overnight on Monday AM, 7" in the last 24 hours, while Silver and Lookout got 3" so far out of the storm hitting N. Idaho. Another 4"-7" is expected at all three resorts Monday. Snow level is 2500-3000 feet for all snow. Partly cloudy to sunny skies will rule elsewhere in Idaho to start the week. The next storm hits Wed PM/Thurs., with 5"-7" new statewide.

Short Term Forecast


Great to see Schweitzer getting the goods Sunday/Monday and the backside bowls open for great skiing/riding. (courtesy Schweitzer Mountain Resort)

There's a convergence of a Canadian storm wave with a northerly flow and a coastal wave with a SW flow combining to bring the snow to N. Idaho. Should be a great powder day at all three N. Idaho resorts on Monday and Tuesday. A Low trough hangs around in N. Idaho mid-week to bring more clouds but not much snow until Wed PM/Thursday. 


Brundage had a popular speed-dating event Saturday by the Centennial quad lift with plenty of drinks flowing as well. Hopefully folks met some new snow play partners on a gorgeous bluebird day. 

 
Steve and his partner Wendy thoroughly enjoyed the bluebird conditions Saturday, ripping groomers in the sunshine.  

The mid-week storm event will be propelled by an AR system with the most precip expected to occur Wed PM/Thursday. Right now OpenSnow's algorithm is more optimistic than NOAA, but forecasts are in general agreement for 5"-7" of new snow for that event at Brundage, Bogus and Tamarack, and similar amounts statewide. Sun Valley will likely get a bit less and ditto with N. Idaho resorts. Snow levels look favorable for all snow.

Seeing a good chance of clearing skies on Friday/Saturday on the lee side of that storm event, and then another system coming in Sunday. 

Extended Forecast

The next storm system coming in next week looks to be potentially on the warm side, but we'll keep a watch on that. Seeing some snow levels going quite high with that event, and a southerly flow that will favor Sun Valley. We'll see how that develops but good to see continued moisture coming our way. 


Idaho snowpack map for Monday, Feb. 12, shows how we've been gaining ground with significant snowfall in recent weeks. Sun Valley area and Boise Basin are now over 90% of normal. Many other basins are well below normal, and we need to gain ground in N. Idaho especially for summer water conditions. 

Thanks for reading! My next forecast will be on Wednesday, Feb. 14. Valentines Day! 

- Steve Stuebner, Idaho Daily Snow 

Announcements

Sun Valley is operating 7 days a week. See the Sun Valley Mountain Report for the latest conditions. 69" base. 11 of 12 lifts running, 101 of 114 trails open. 

Wood River xc ski trails are open in the upper valley and Galena Lodge. See the latest grooming conditions here

Bogus Basin is open 7 days a week. See more details here. 57" base. Night skiing is open. Bogus Nordic trails are open. 9 of 10 lifts in operation, 93 of 93 trails open. 

Schweitzer Mountain is open for daily ops. 27"-60" base. 9 of 10 lifts running, 89 of 92 runs open, 3 of 3 parks. Nordic trails are groomed and open. All backside lifts and Outback Bowl reopened on Saturday, Feb. 10. 

Silver Mountain is operating 7 days a week. 15"-51" base. Chairlifts 1-5 open; 30 trails open. 

Lookout Pass is open 7 days a week. 13"-46" base. 4 of 5 lifts running, 45 trails open.  

Brundage Mountain  is open for top-to-bottom skiing and riding, 7 days a week, all lifts in operation. 40"-65" base. 68 of 69 trails open. 

Tamarack Resort is open 7 days a week. Wildwood lift is temporary closed. 47 runs open, 6 lifts, 2 parks, 45"-54" base. Tam will host a speed-dating event on Valentines Day, Feb. 14. See more at Tamarackidaho.com.  

Lost Trail Ski Area on the Idaho-Montana border near Salmon is operating Thursday-Sunday. 45-50" base, 5 of 5 lifts in operation, 55 of 69 trails, 2 of 2 parks.  

Soldier Mountain near Fairfield is open Thursday-Sunday.  

Pomerelle is operating daily. Night skiing is open. 62" base. 3 of 3 lifts running, 32 of 32 trails open. 

Magic Mountain is operating Thursday-Sunday.    

Pebble Creek is operating daily, 26"-57" base. 44 trails open. 

Kelly Canyon is operating Thursday-Sunday. 

Gateway to Kelly Canyon a new snow-tubing park near Heise is also open daily. 

Stay abreast of mountain avalanche conditions in Idaho: 

- Sawtooth Avalanche Center

- Payette Avalanche Center 

- Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center

Read more about the Stevens Peak avalanche that killed one experienced Spokane backcountry skier. 

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About Our Forecaster

Steve Stuebner

Forecaster

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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