Big Sky Snow Report:

The Big Sky snow report is: 10 out of 31 Lifts open. 8.5 of 250 km of pistes open. Today: Partly Cloudy Our model predicted that 1cm (0.4 inches) of snow fell over 6 hours between Wednesday 11 of December at 8AM and Wednesday 11 of December at 2PM MST at the mid mountain level. Compacted depth will be less. Big Sky Snow Conditions: .


Fresh Snow Depth:

Long Snow History
1cm
Wed 11 Dec
Origin:Report Origin

Last significant snowfall:

Ankle
5cm
Mon 09 Dec
Origin:Report Origin

Big Sky snow depths: updated 11 December 2019

Mountain
Upper snow depth:
96cm
Lower snow depth:
74cm

Big Sky resort conditions:

Our Snow Report for Big Sky brings daily updates on the snow conditions, snow depths, piste and offpiste conditions and the number of open ski lifts. The latest Big Sky snow report shown below was updated on 11 Dec 2019. Snow Reports are provided regularly throughout the ski season courtesy of our own network of ski resort managers, the Skiclub of Great Britain and Skiresort Service International GmbH. In addition to the current report on ski conditions, we also provide webcams (including a 4 week cam archive), current live observations from nearby weather stations and also historical snow data for Big Sky.

Last snowfall:

3cm
Dec 03
3cm
Dec 08
5cm
Dec 09
1cm
Dec 11

Resort report:

Resort Open
Conditions piste
Piste condition:
Fresh
Conditions off piste
Off Piste condition:
Fresh
Next snowfall
Next snowfall:
Next significant snowfall
Next significant snowfall:
5cm Thu 12 Dec (PM)
Lift
Lifts open:
10 out of 31
Conditions runs
Resort runs:
Closed

Big Sky snow conditions

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    Bluebird Days

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Big Sky Snow Depths:

Recorded snow depths for the upper and lower slopes in Big Sky 2019. The long term average for the upper slopes is also shown for comparison.

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Snow reports for resorts near Big Sky

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Issued: 2 days ago 145km  away
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Webcam
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Snow Depth
Upper
Lower
-
-
Upper
Lower
66cm
45cm
Upper
Lower
0cm
0cm
Upper
Lower
0cm
0cm
Upper
Lower
97cm
71cm
Piste State
Last Snow
Amount:
Date:
1cm
yesterday
Amount:
Date:
4cm
3 days ago
Amount:
Date:
4cm
12 days ago
Amount:
Date:
9cm
2 days ago
Amount:
Date:
8cm
2 days ago
Next 9 Days
0-3
3-6
6-9
13cm
2cm
12cm
0-3
3-6
6-9
3cm
1cm
2cm
0-3
3-6
6-9
7cm
0cm
6cm
0-3
3-6
6-9
18cm
3cm
15cm
0-3
3-6
6-9
3cm
0cm
3cm
Weather
Thu
light snow
Fri
light snow
Sat
partially cloudy
Mid station 2628m
Thu
light snow
Fri
light snow
Sat
partially cloudy
Mid station 2026m
Thu
light snow
Fri
snow showers
Sat
partially cloudy
Mid station 2488m
Thu
light snow
Fri
light snow
Sat
cloudy
Mid station 2118m
Thu
light snow
Fri
partially cloudy
Sat
partially cloudy
Mid station 2504m

Notes on the Big Sky Snow Report

The snow report describes the piste and off-piste ski conditions at Big Sky. You can submit an updated snow report here. Piste and off-piste are often different so we ask snow reporters to describe Big Sky piste and off-piste conditions separately. If these details are missing from the Big Sky snow report, you can predict off-piste conditions using the snow depth, the date of the most recent snowfall at Big Sky, the Big Sky weather report and the forecast.

Members can check the hindcast for a timeline of Big Sky weather conditions. This detailed weather log makes it easy to predict snow conditions at Big Sky, even when the snow report is too old to be useful. The hindcast shows when our weather model last predicted snowfall at Big Sky. It shows how much snow we think fell then, and the way freezing level, wind and weather have varied through time. You will be able to predict whether to expect off-piste powder, slush, spring snow, ice or wind crust.

If you see a report of powder or fresh snow conditions several days after snow last fell, there is usually a good reason. At crowded ski resorts, off-piste new snow will be tracked out within hours of a fresh fall but wherever crowds are light in relation to the accessible terrain, it will be possible to stay fresh much later, perhaps several days later. Alternatively, strong winds sometimes redistribute powder snow enough to cover old tracks, or it may simply be that the ski area was not fully open for some period after the snow fell, so fresh snow that fell a while ago has remained un-tracked until this report.

Whenever weather conditions change, Big Sky snow conditions will change too, so it is important to check the time and date of the Big Sky snow report and to guess what effect the weather will have had on snow quality between then and now. For example, the Big Sky snow report on Friday afternoon may indicate fresh powder but if Friday night is mild and rainy then ski conditions will be very poor on Saturday morning. Conversely, if the weather stays stable and cold, the same snow report can be valid for more than a week. We advise that you check the Big Sky snow forecast to see if conditions are likely to change before your visit.

Many skiers enjoy moguls and fast icy pistes but for off-piste skiers and free-ride snowboarders, fresh snow starts to deteriorate from the moment it settles. Wind, rain and periods of above-freezing temperature are the primary cause of the evolution from fresh powder to windslab, ice or slush. High altitude slopes that are shaded from the sun and sheltered from the wind preserve powder stashes longer after fresh snowfall. If the snow report mentions pockets of powder at Big Sky, study the Big Sky piste map in relation to the wind direction to determine the most likely locations.

We stress the importance of checking the date on the Big Sky snow report particularly around weekends. For example, the snow report for Big Sky on Friday may indicate powder after recent snowfall but following a sunny and busy weekend, when the locals hit the mountains en masse, the ski conditions (at any resort) can deteriorate rapidly and late arrivals may see very different ski conditions. Of course some people look for deteriorating conditions in the snow report for the likely development of mogul fields but for powder lovers and particularly snowboarders this can mean tracked out off-piste snow. Of course, this doesn’t always happen quickly after fresh snowfall particularly at quiet North facing resorts at high altitude where genuine powder stashes may be found days or even weeks later. It is worth checking the piste map for Big Sky (found in menu above) for the location of favourable slopes that may be described in the "Big Sky Snow Conditions" part of the snow report. In addition to checking the Big Sky snow report we recommend that you check the snow forecasts found in the menu at the top of the page along with our ski resort guide.