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post #1 of 64
Thread Starter 
It has be a DISMAL December here in the really Big Sky. Until yesterday, the total snowfall for the month was around 10-12". 2 warm spells coupled with very strong WSW winds served to scour much of the upper elevation terrain on Lone Mountain. The mild temps also put a dent in the snow making from the areas round these parts. Yesterday brought lower temps, light snows and favorable winds. The skiing, while still a bit on the stony side (mostly floaters) did improved a great deal. Last nite we picked up another 3-5" of light density snow at the Mountain Village. Winds have remained light and from the NW. Today looks to remain unsettled with an additional 2-4" possible.
Things are looking up a bit for the big week of X-mas/New Years.

Last I heard, which was yesterday at about 14:00, BB had picked up 12" and it was still snowing.

As your gathering gets closer, I will update this post. Any questions, please feel free to ask away.
post #2 of 64
Jack, thanks for that!
Perhaps you can confirm the accuracy of this...
http://www.bigskyresort.com/ontheslo...ch_ots_srp.asp
post #3 of 64
Bridger Bowl picked up 22" in the last 24 hours on top of 3" from the night before and its still snowing & will probably snow all day. It already has a great base for this early in the season. Its definitely an oasis in this snow drought year.
post #4 of 64
Just got some updates from friends that were at Bridger today. They had to close most of the upper mountain because the snow was falling too fast. Talk about a nice problem to have.
post #5 of 64
Any word on conditions from Big Sky?

Any local sense as to how long things will stay good?
post #6 of 64
Big Sky has reported 6" over the past two days. The storm has settled in and doesn't appear to be going anywhere so hopefully they'll be getting more.

Bridger will be good for a long time. It now has a base that should be with us for a good part of the season.....we don't lose much snow to melting around here.
post #7 of 64
Thread Starter 
Fox-Hat, I would say that is an accurate assesment of the current conditions. I skied MLB today and the weird thing was that there was about 8" new on the lower mountain and about 4" new on the upper mountain. We really needed the snow down low.

From the look I have had at the current weather, a cold front is sagging south and west from the NE and there is still some moisture left in the NW flow that will be over running this front. That is a good recipe for continued snow showers in this area.

Conditions should remain pretty good for the next week.
post #8 of 64
How did the storm do? Looking better, now?
post #9 of 64
We're getting a nice storm pattern in the area the next few days. Big Sky and Bridger are reporting 8" in the last 24 hours.
post #10 of 64
Nice! I'm putting my order in for storms all month...
post #11 of 64
Thread Starter 
MLB reported 7" new yesterday, was my day off so I...... skied!
7-10" of dense new snow with some lighter fluff on top. Excellent base material, will groom out very nicely. PC skies, little wind, temps in the mid teens. easliy the best day of the season.
I must say I am so impressed with how the new Lone Tree area skiis. The terrain is a blast. you can rip 500 vert ' steep lines or take the long shots and ski nearly 2000 vert' of glades and gullies and knobs that is so unlike anyplace I have every skied.

We done real good....
post #12 of 64
Bridger was sweet today with 12 new and cold temps wicking moisture out of yesterday's snow. It was snowing all day. I heard West Yellowstone is supposed to get the heaviest accumulations, and Big Sky is just up the road.
post #13 of 64
I had to settle for day-old 8" of cruddy cutup at Club LT.

and I took a tumble when my right ski dug in... in the crash, my chin and kneecap collided hard, popping open my chin and bleeding everywhere. pretty much a no-suture cut, though. just bled like crazy until it clotted. red snow, red ice on my gloves, blood on my anorak. all for what, I ask you... for what?
post #14 of 64
Builds character, Gonz!
post #15 of 64
So, Jack, it looks like the snow has been coming, but in a very limited manner. How is it?
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post #17 of 64
Thread Starter 
Right now we are in a favorable pattern but it is also known as "the curse of the winter storm warning"

Round these here parts (cowboy accent) when the NWS issues a winter storm warning, count on lots of wind, cold temps and a disapointment. Rather than the feet of snow they forecast we usually get an inch or two and nuclear winds. Today was cold, the skiing was good and the wind was blowing like crazy from the east and the southeast. Forecast for tonighte thru Sat. nite is for 8-15" of new snow, cold temps. and strong SW winds. Plently of moisture in the pipe, just depends on how well it lifts and precipitates.
post #18 of 64
Severe Weather Alert from the National Weather Service

...BEAVERHEAD-GALLATIN-MADISON-... CORRECTION 505 AM MST SAT JAN 8 2005
... WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR ELEVATIONS ABOVE 6000 FEET UNTIL 11 AM MST THIS MORNING...

TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 8 TO 12 INCHES ARE LIKELY... MAINLY ON SOUTH FACING SLOPES OF THE MOUNTAINS NEAR THE IDAHO BORDER. ELSEWHERE INTHE MOUNTAINS SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 8 TO 10 INCHES ARE LIKELY. GUSTY SOUTHERLY WINDS 25 TO 40 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 50 MPH THROUGH FAVORED MOUNTAIN PASSES WILL CAUSE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW....

I'm gonna be an optimist. Let us know if this pans out.
post #19 of 64
Saw the post from Bob Peters in the General Discussion forum about JH. They are getting dumped on. I am trusting that some of that is going to move up to Big Sky!!!
post #20 of 64
I just got done shoveling 4 inches at my place in Bozeman. Apparently that's the same as Bridger got. Hopefully Big Sky got more. Its still cold and cloudy with more snow predicted tonight.
post #21 of 64
Hope springs eternal....Big Sky was not included in the party. Just one inch overnight. As Steve's tag line says: Lets pray for snow
post #22 of 64
They only got one inch over night but they got the same 4" during the day Bridger and Bozeman received.
post #23 of 64
Why did we pick this place again?
post #24 of 64
I didn't. Big Sky has this problem fairly often. and its lift tix are obnoxiously expensive.

shoulda done it at Bridger.
post #25 of 64
Six inches in the last 48 hours beats Bridger's 5". Chill and let Mother Nature do her thing.:

post #26 of 64
just stirrin' the pot, I'm gonna be there regardless. haven't been out skiing for the past 3 days despite the snow, because of a vicious virus/cold. can barely eke out typing strength.
post #27 of 64
Yeah, it's just maddening that such a quality hill could be so snow starved compared to it's neighbors.

I done paid my dime, so I's in for the ride.
post #28 of 64
We'll be OK. Two more weeks at a few inches a day... Then, one foot per day dumps while we're there (remember Snowbird!). Keep the faith, ya'll...

Big Sky annual average snowfall: 400"
Bridger Bowl: 350"
Alta/Snowbird: 500"
post #29 of 64
To put this in perspective, Big Sky has more snow than the Summit County resorts in Colorado that I just checked (which I find surprising).
post #30 of 64
Copper Mountain annual snowfall: 280"
Vail annual snowfall: 300"
Breckenridge: 300"

Makes sense to me...!
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