Looks like we have some cold temps coming our direction, but here's a few more details.
We have a shallow arctic air mass working it's way to Montana, however, with the current direction, Big Sky should just be catching the edge. The edges are thinner than the bulk of the jet stream and as it travels southeast, we're likely to be warmer than Bozeman.
Another phenomenon that is common in mountain areas is called inversion. It's a process where cold air will sink to lower areas at night after the jet stream moves through which translates to warmer temps higher up. This jet stream should pass through late Friday leaving a quiet atmosphere above us, meaning a good chance for inversion on Saturday, therefore, get out of town, warm up and go skiing at Big Sky!
Kirkwood Mountain Resort
225-386" of snowfall this season to date.
Max Temp: Low 30s.
NOW BOOKING MARTIN POINT/TWO SENTINELS POWDER CAT TOURS!!!
A coveted area beyond the Palisades at the northern edge of Kirkwood’s Special Use Permit (SUP), Martin Point is known for great snow long after the storm and offers 1,300 feet of consistent pitch, with great fall line runs through trees, open bowls and gullies filled deep with soft powder.
Previously accessible only by a long traverse and uphill hike, Expedition: Kirkwood now services Martin Point by snowcat, offering adventurous guests the quintessential powder skiing experience… deep powder runs, time to explore at your own pace and deluxe transportation that makes the trip to the top of the mountain as much fun as the ride down.
As the cat breaks through the trees to the ridgeline that leads to Martin Point in one direction and Two Sentinels in the other, it offers incredible 360˚ views of the entire Kirkwood Valley, as well as landmark peaks such as Mt. Tallac, Freel Peak and Round Top. Experienced guides take the guess work out of getting down, ensuring all guests have plenty of options for fresh powder turns. From the cat ride up to the boundless lines down, Martin Point Powder Cat Tours is a guaranteed good time and a definite memory maker.
Open to skiers and riders, strong intermediate and up. Four runs per expedition (approximately 2.5 hours). Cost for Martin Point/Two Sentinels cat skiing is $150/person; 8 person minimum/11 person maximum. Operation is weather and conditions dependent.
Powder Cat Tours operate in two areas, Martin Point and Red Cliffs. Daily expeditions are weather dependent; the location will be determined by the conditions. Open to skiers and riders, strong intermediate and up. Avalanche beacons will be provided; guests are encouraged to bring own gear if they have it. Four runs per expedition (approximately 2.5 hours).
SAN SICARIO, Italy (Feb. 19) -- Fog and heavy snow forced cancellation of Sunday's scheduled women's Olympic super G in San Sicario. There was no immediate word on rescheduling.
Heavy snow and low-lying cloud layers came into the area mid-morning, several hours before the scheduled noon start. At 11:30 a.m., race officials confirmed the noon start but changed to one-minute start intervals. Just prior to noon, the cloud layer and fog grew even more intense, with less than 100 meters visibility in the finish area. The race was then cancelled as officials saw no opportunity for a change in weather as there had been on Saturday for the women's combined downhill.
SESTRIERE, Italy (Feb. 18) - Scott Macartney (Redmond, WA) posted his best career Olympic finish as he was seventh in Saturday's super G. Daron Rahlves (Sugar Bowl, CA) was ninth, Steven Nyman (Orem, UT) was 43rd and Bode Miller (Bretton Woods, NH) did not finish his run. Norwegian Kjetil Andre Aamodt won the gold.
Aamodt won with a time of 1:30.65, .13 seconds ahead of silver medalist Hermann Maier of Austria (1:30.78). Switzerland's Ambrosi Hoffmann won bronze in 1:30.98.
XX OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES
Sestriere, ITA - Feb. 18, 2006
Men's Super G
1. Kjetil Andre Aamodt, Norway, 1:30.65
2. Hermann Maier, Austria, 1:30.78
3. Ambrosi Hoffmann, Switzerland, 1:30.98
4. Erik Guay, Canada, 1:31.08
5. Aksel Lund Svindal, Norway, 1:31.10
7. Scott Macartney, Redmond, Wash., 1:31.23
9. Daron Rahlves, Sugar Bowl, Calif., 1:31.37
43. Steven Nyman, Orem, Utah, 1:36.22
Did not finish:
Bode Miller, Bretton Woods, N.H.
SAUZE d'OULX, Italy (Feb. 19) - After several postponements, heavy snow in Sauze d'Oulx finally led to the cancellation of Sunday night's women's aerials qualifying.
The women are now scheduled to qualify for Wednesday's finals on Tue., Feb. 21. Competing for the U.S. is Emily Cook (Belmont, MA) and Jana Lindsey (Black Hawk, SD).
MACARTNEY: BEST OLYMPIC FINISH WITH 7th IN SUPER G
SESTRIERE, Italy (Feb. 18) - Scott Macartney (Redmond, WA) posted his best career Olympic finish as he was seventh in Saturday's super G. Daron Rahlves (Sugar Bowl, CA) was 9th, Steven Nyman (Orem, UT) was 43rd and Bode Miller (Bretton Woods, NH) did not finish his run. Norwegian Kjetil Andre Aamodt won the gold.
MANCUSO 9th, 3 U.S. TOP-20 IN COMBINED
SAN SICARIO, Italy (Feb. 18) - After several weather delays, the women's combined event was completed Saturday. Three U.S. skiers finished in the top-20 as Julia Mancuso (Olympic Valley, CA) was ninth, Resi Stiegler (Jackson Hole, WY) placed 11th and Kaylin Richardson (Edina, MN) was 17th. Croatian Janica Kostelic took the gold.
U.S. FINISHES 14th IN CROSS COUNTRY RELAY
PRAGELATO, Italy (Feb. 18) - The U.S. cross country squad of Rebecca Dussault (Gunnison, CO), Sarah Konrad (Laramie, WY), Kikkan Randall (Anchorage, AK) and Wendy Wagner (Park City, UT) finished 14th in Saturday's Olympic relay event
UPCOMING COMPETITION SCHEDULE
Mon., Feb. 20
Alpine: Men's Giant Slalom, Sestriere
Freestyle: Men's Aerials Qualifiers, Sauze d'Oulx
Jumping: Team LH, Pragelato
Tue., Feb. 21
Nordic Combined: Sprint, Pragelato
Wed., Feb. 22
Alpine: Women's Slalom, Sestriere
Cross Country: Men's/Women's Sprint Freestyle, Pragelato
Freestyle: Women's Aerials, Sauze d'Oulx
Snowboard: Men's Parallel Giant Slalom, Bardonecchia
Thu., Feb. 23
Freestyle: Men's Aerials, Sauze d'Oulx
Snowboard: Women's Parallel Giant Slalom, Bardonecchia
Fri., Feb. 24
Alpine: Women's Giant Slalom, Sestriere
Cross Country: Women's 30km, Pragelato
Sat., Feb. 25
Alpine: Men's Slalom, Sestriere
Sun., Feb. 26
Cross Country: Men's 50km, Pragelato
100% OF TERRAIN OPEN
Conditions permitting, top to bottom skiing and snowboarding is open for those seeking the challenge of 1900 vertical feet and 1280 acres of terrain. Over a thousand vertical is calling advanced and expert snow riders in the Lower Mountain. Home Run and Lunch Run are open for skiing and boarding, with shuttle bus service to/from Bear Valley Village
25-26 Special Olympics
11 Slide for the Cure
11 Monte Carlo Night - Bear Valley Village
18 CSS Slopestyle Finals- Bear Valley
25 Gatorade GS Races #5& #6
25 Budweiser Country Snow Fest