Big Pow at the Big Mountain

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Whitefish, MT, Dec. 16--The snow is falling...and falling at the Big Mountain, MT. The resort has gotten over 51 inches of snow in the last seven days, with back-to-back dumps of a foot each of the last two days. And, it's still snowing.

The ski area has some 2,500 acres open, about 80% of their terrain. Ever since the resort opened for Thanksgiving and held the traditional "pray for snow" ceremony the white stuff has been coming.

"It's been snowing steadily since last Fri., Dec. 10," said Brian Schott, Big Mountain's public relations manager. "The powder is getting really deep."

In fact so deep that Big Mountain now boasts a 65-inch settled base at the summit and a 41-inch base at the bottom. Last weekend, the area opened all of its trails on both the North and South sides of the mountain. This weekend, they plain to open Hellroaring Basin, which would make all of 3,000 acres available to skiers.

"It looks like ski season is really in full-swing," said president and CEO Mike Collins. Full-swing and going strong--Big Mountain is boasting some of the best conditions and just about the most variety of terrain in the country right now.

The steady snowfall breaks out like this:

Dec. 10: 8 inches

Dec. 11: 4 inches

Dec. 12: 2 inches

Dec. 13: 7 inches

Dec. 14: 6 inches

Dec. 15: 12 inches

Dec. 16: 12 inches"Boy, Ullr (the snow god) has really appreciated our offerings this winter," said Schott, referring to the Thanksgiving snow dance. " It just keeps snowing."

Photo Essay: Big Snow at the Big Mountain