This week's warm weather didn't do any favors for Montana's ski areas, yet forecasts still predict a better-than-average chance for more snow over the next eight to 10 days and looking out a month the predictions are for above-average snowfall.
One exception to the poor conditions that delayed Bridger Bowl Ski Area's early opening to Dec. 8 is nearby Big Sky Resort.
“We are skiing parts of the mountain that aren’t usually skiable until January, and it’s not even December yet,” said Chelsi Moy, public relations manager for Big Sky, in a press release.
It was only the second time in the history of Big Sky Resort’s tram that Lone Peak was open to skiers and riders on opening day. Even rarer was allowing skiers and riders to descend the resort’s Big Couloir on the first day of the season. To amp up visitation, the ski area is offering $29 lift tickets on Friday, Dec. 1.
Almost 100 inches of snow has fallen on Big Sky Resort since October. The ski area is at 167 percent of average snowfall for this time of year. Red Lodge Mountain has a base of 21 inches on its summit, 13 inches at the bottom of the hill.
Big Sky Resort has a 27-inch base at mid-mountain and a 49-inch base on the upper mountain. On Tuesday, the resort opened the Challenger Chairlift after receiving 8 inches of snow.