Groomers reported in this morning at 5 am with stars above, perfectly clear with Kalispell lights shining through a bank of fog and Columbia Falls not visible. The temperature is 22 degrees and has remained the same all night with light wind from the south at 5mph, no wind felt on the slopes. They have been tilling out some smooth corduroy for cruising, easier tonight than last, better by the day. Since freezing temperatures have returned over night the groomers have been able to put in more miles. Lower Thunderhead will be close temporarily this morning to allow some additional grooming to be done in the daylight. Another day with sunshine, slopes will soften as temps warm and north facing will allow for the best in spring like conditions. It is THRIFTY THURSDAY, all day for $25, come up and get your sun fix. Forecast is for more winter like weather to return with the possibility of snow by the weekend.
10:45 update= Beautiful day with sun shining, temperature at 32 degrees with light wind coming from the south west on mountain top. Groomers are the place to be with nicely tilled out corduroy. Off groomed firm, will soften through the day with warming temps. Groomers reporting in this Wednesday morning at 5 am with a temperature of 27 degrees, light wind from the south at 9mph. The sky is clear above with just a thin layer of low hanging fog over Kalispell, lights still visible. Firm conditions with temperatures returning to normal after days of spring like weather. Machines are tilling out nice corduroy for your cruising. The upper mountain will ride the best, will decide on lower Thunderhead as patrol gets out and assesses conditions. Runs groomed on Thunderhead to midway.
10am update: Temperature warming at 37. Patrol reporting off piste skiing soft, little firm and quickly softening on groomers. Early morning grooming on Cold Camp & Blacktail. A fun day on the slopes yesterday with Family Cup Races, everyone enjoying springlike conditions in January! Should be more of the same today with temperature remaining warm. Little to no grooming done overnight due to the temperature staying in the 34-36 degree range. Wind is coming from the SE at 8-11 mph under partly cloudy skies. Forecast indicates little chance of precip with high pressure and warm air trending into tomorrow.
Winterfest 1/24/2015 Saturday
10:45 update: Blue sky showing through, unlimited visibility. It feels like spring! 9:15 update from Patrol: Springlike temps today are holding at 34 degrees, there’s a thin layer on the top, clearing half way down Olympic. Skiing like really good spring conditions. Groomers reporting in this Saturday morning at 5 am with temperature at 33 degrees and light sprinkling off and on. Visibility at a quarter mile with a low layer of cloud/fog hanging over. Warm temperature will make it a bit springlike with soft snow. Today is Winterfest in Lakeside, Somers. Here on Blacktail Mountain with the FAMILY CUP RACE for skiers and boarders on Emmons Ridge, signup on line or on the mountain, the race runs at 11. Sportsman Ski Haus on the slopes with a DEMO DAY and snow bar will be set up midslope with food and drink.
update 10: Patrol reports great conditions on the slopes, still soft in the glades and groomers carving lovely long turns. Top 400 yards with a little thin stratus, below that unlimited visibility. Groomers reporting in this Friday morning at 5am with snow lightly falling. Temperature at 26 degrees and no wind to speak of. A little more than a dusting at half an inch, off and on light flakes since 1:30 with little change in the temperature and very light wind all night. Visibility is reduced, mostly at the very top of the mountain due to the snow fall and low lying cover. The forecast shows continued chance of light snow with not a lot of moisture currently on the radar and increasing possibility of snow tonight. Today is the start of Lakeside/Somers Winterfest, check out the schedule on our home page. Tomorrow we will have the Family Cup Race on Emmons Ridge, the bump start is there, ready to go. Sportsman Ski Haus will be on the mountain with DEMOs and there will be a SNOW BAR set up with food/drink. Come up and practice your racing moves today. Fresh snow is mixing in nicely for the groomers making for even better conditions than we have been enjoying all week!
Thrifty Thursday 1/22/15
10:30 update: Patrol reporting great conditions, packed powder, nicely tilled groomers and still soft off piste. Temperature up to 26 degrees. Groomers reporting in this morning at 5am a little warmer start to the day than yesterday at 22 degrees with stars above and lights of the valley below. There’s a thin layer of stratus and light wind from the south. Everyone raved about the snow conditions yesterday, should be much of the same today with no new snow to report and groomers rolling out the corduroy. There’s a chance of snow tonight with weather sitting on the radar in Seattle. It is Thrifty Thursday, take advantage of great conditions for $25 today! This weekend is Winterfest in Lakeside, Family Cup Race Saturday up here on Emmons Ridge, put your team together and have some fun on the slopes.
update 10 :15= Already warmed to 19 degrees, beautiful sunny day! Great snow. Groomers reporting in this Wednesday morning at 5am with clear skies all night long and temperature at 14 degrees, no wind and no new snow. High pressure is building, temperature will warm with sunshine today. Come up and enjoy awesome views while cruising the slopes. Get your race legs ready for the Family Cup this Saturday. Fun filled weekend in Lakeside with a full schedule of Winterfest Events.