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By Steve Stuebner, Forecaster Posted 7 days ago April 4, 2024

Wacky weather transitions to all snow Thurs PM-Saturday

Summary

A cold front passed through Wed night and then a Low Pressure trough is pushing into southern Idaho Thursday morning, bringing a wintry mix and snow as snow levels drop statewide. It should be all snow by Friday morning-Saturday EOD. 10"-20" of new are possible above 7,000 feet in the Central Mountains and Boise Mountains. Seeing 6"-9" max in N. Idaho and 10"-12" in C. Mtns and Bogus.

Short Term Forecast


We've got a counter-clockwise SW flow developing with the moisture spinning off the Low Trough into Idaho Thursday-Saturday. This system is starting on the warm side and cooling down by Thursday night and the wee hours of Friday morning, when we should have all snow and snow levels below ski area base levels.

Brundage should remain cooler and mostly all snow, with 5" possible by Friday morning, 6" Friday-Friday night, and 3" Saturday for a possibility of over 12" cumulative by Sunday morning. The upper part of the mountain should get hammered if the upside potential of 20" above 7,000 feet holds true. A similar scenario should play out at the Tamarack Summit Chair with heavy snow, while the lower part of Tam will get less. NOAA is predicting just 6" cumulative at Tamarack by Saturday. I'd guess 10" at mid-mountain and above, possibly more. 

Bogus Basin starts out with a high snow level Thursday morning with rain, thundershowers and hail forecast during the day, and then snow levels should plunge by Friday morning for 4"-5" of all snow during the ski/ride day. Another 5" should fall Friday night, and 3" Saturday for a potential of more than 12" by Saturday EOD. 

New snow at Sun Valley looks promising with the deep southwest flow spinning off the Low trough from Nevada for a possibility of 6"-7" by Saturday EOD, with the most falling during the day on Friday and Friday night. Pomerelle will get 5"-10" of heavy snow by Friday night and Saturday, with high winds blowing during the day Saturday in the 30 mph range, gusts to high 40s. Typical for them!   


Snow quantities are forecast to be on the lower side at Schweitzer, Silver and Lookout with high snow levels during the day Thursday, then dropping Thursday night to 4,100 feet and staying low for all snow Friday-Saturday. Schweitzer could get 5"-7" by EOD Saturday, with up to 4" falling Thursday night for some nice fluff on Friday morning. Similar amounts are forecast at Silver and Lookout could get up to 9"-10" by Saturday EOD, with the majority of the snow falling Friday night, Saturday and Saturday night. 

The storm system will peter out by Sunday. 

Extended Forecast

Skies are expected to clear off on Monday, and we'll dry out next week, so this is your last chance for some lift-served powder skiing with the storm system this weekend.

It'll also be the last weekend of operation for Tamarack, while other resorts are planning to close by mid-April or so. (See closing dates below) 

Thanks for reading ... my next forecast will be on Saturday, April 6. 

Announcements

Remember that pre-season season pass sales are happening right now at many Idaho ski resorts! Best pricing to finish spring skiing and for next year! 

Ski area closing dates have been added below, thanks to Ski Idaho. Only a few weeks left! Some ski areas like Kelly Canyon and Pebble Creek are closing after this weekend. 

Sun Valley is operating 7 days a week. See the Sun Valley Mountain Report for the latest conditions. 90" base. 10 of 12 lifts running, 92 of 114 trails open. Seattle Ridge area is closed. See more at Sun Valley events. Sun Valley will close on  April 21.  

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. 72" base. Night skiing is closed. Bitterroot lift is closed for the season. Bogus Nordic trails are open. 8 of 10 lifts in operation, 81 of 93 trails open. Closing date: April 14.  

Schweitzer Mountain is open for daily ops. 39"-98" base. 9 of 10 lifts running, 92 of 92 runs open, 3 of 3 parks. Nordic trails are groomed and open. All backside lifts and Outback Bowl are open. Closing date: April 14.   

Silver Mountain is operating 7 days a week. 44"-71" base. 6 chairlifts in operation, 59 trails open. Closing date: April 20. Leadman Triathlon is scheduled for April 20. Get your registration in early for the best price. Silver will operate 7 days a week through April 7, then weekend only April 13-14, then last day of the season on April 20. 

Lookout Pass is open 7 days a week. 22"-72" base. 4 of 5 lifts running, 47 trails open. Closing date: April 14. Sunday, March 31, Easter Egg Hunt - Mtn Wide - 2 pm prize reveal. April 6, Hawaiian Luau & Cardboard Box Derby! Wear your Hawaiian Shirts, wild hats & Party! April 7 - College Jersey Day, wear your favorite College Jersey, Sweatshirt or T-Shirt. Wallace Food Drive also on April 7,  Donate 7 Items - Get a $20 Ticket.  

Brundage Mountain is open for top-to-bottom skiing and riding, 7 days a week, all lifts in operation. 58"-95" base. 68 of 70 trails open. Brundage will host a cardboard debry on the Easy Street slope on Saturday, April 13. Closing date of April 14 has been extended: Brundage plans to reopen for bonus days on April 20-21.   

Tamarack Resort is open 7 days a week. 54 runs open, 7 lifts, 2 parks, 80-86" base. Closing date: April 7. Tamarack has a number of special lift ticket discounts going on through closing day. Tam is hosting the end-of-year Idaho State Championship Pond Skim on April 6th. Glide across for a chance to win big with categories for Best Overall, Best Costume, and Best Wipeout. Check their web site or social sites for more information. 

Lost Trail Ski Area on the Idaho-Montana border near Salmon is operating Thursday-Sunday. 55"-60" base, 5 of 5 lifts in operation, 69 of 69 trails, 2 of 2 parks. Skiesta pond skim event is planned for April 6, cowboy and hippie theme for dress-up party with live music. Closing date: April 7.   

Pomerelle is operating daily through this weekend. Night skiing is closed. 108" base. 3 of 3 lifts running, 32 of 32 trails open. Closing date: April 6, when a Pond Skim end-of-season party will be held. A bonus weekend will occur on April 12-14, snow-permitting. 

Soldier Mountain is closed for the season.

Magic Mountain is closed for the season.     

Pebble Creek is closed for the season.  

Kelly Canyon is closed for the season. 

Stay abreast of mountain avalanche conditions in Idaho: 

- Sawtooth Avalanche Center

- Payette Avalanche Center 

- Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center    

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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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