The snowy forecasts for Southern Idaho ski resorts during Thanksgiving week fizzled into a light dusting on Monday and Wednesday, while the next storm is predicted to bring over 6 inches of powder to Schweitzer Mountain, Silver Mountain and Lookout pass on Tuesday night/Wednesday. Happy for Idaho Panhandle skiers and riders! Cold temps everywhere will provide good snow-making conditions.
Short Term Forecast
Gif shows potential inches of new snow from Sunday, 11-22 through Tues, 12-1 (Courtesy Weatherbell).
The storm track is definitely favoring Northern Idaho ski areas, while Brundage, Tamarack and Bogus Basin maybe see 1-2 inches of new snow on Tuesday night/Wednesday. No snow is forecast at Sun Valley. Sunshine is forecast at Southern Idaho resorts on Thursday-Saturday.
Northern Idaho resorts will be the most snow out of the mid-week storm system on Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving! An inch or two is expected to fall on Thursday as the storm system exits Idaho.
Global ensemble model map shows the probability of more than 3 inches of snow falling through Dec. 1. Dark colors mean 90-100 percent chance. Again, this particular storm system is favoring N. Idaho. (Courtesy Weatherbell)
Long-term weather maps are showing a good chance of below-normal precipitation in the next two weeks.
30-day forecast map is showing potential for more precipitation, thank goodness~!
Pre-season hikers: Be sure to check before you venture onto the ski slopes to catch some early-season turns. Many resorts are not allowing skiers/riders to access the slopes right now as they work hard to get ready for early openings.
Lookout Pass is operating on weekends with daytime hours. It also will be open during the week on Thanksgiving week, except it will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.
Schweitzer Mountain is opening for season pass holders only on Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 21-22. It will reopen on Friday, Nov. 27.
Bogus Basin plans an opening date of Friday, Nov. 27. Regular Bogus Basin season passes are sold out; night and mid-week passes are still available. Bogus' Hike Park is open on Saturdays and Sundays during daytime hours.
Brundage Mountain has been leading the pack in a USA Today poll of the best ski areas in America ... here's how to vote ... winners announced on Nov. 20. Brundage has announced an opening day of Friday, Nov. 27, weather-permitting.
Silver Mountain plans to open Friday, Nov. 27
Tamarack Resort plans to open on Friday, Dec. 11
Pomerelle Mountain expects to open Wednesday, Nov. 25, weather permitting.
Magic Mountain plans to open Dec. 5.
Pebble Creek expects to open Dec. 11.
Soldier Mountain plans to open Dec. 17.
See the Ski Idaho roundup on Idaho ski area openings statewide.
See the Ski Idaho roundup on ski area improvements cued up for the 2020-21 ski season.
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