Good news for skiers, snowboarders: Snow continues to fall
Ski and snowboarding conditions are great, with snow continuing to pile up in the Cascades.
Seattle Times staff reporter
The snow keeps on piling up in the Cascades with no immediate end in sight, which is great news for skiers and snowboarders.
New snow isn't being counted in inches, but more like up-to-your-head-deep-powder measurements. Crystal Mountain Resort and Mount Baker have each received more than seven feet since Sunday.
A winter weather advisory and avalanche warning remained in effect through Thursday with a moderate to heavy snow pattern.
The long-range forecast calls for another weather disturbance and snow showers to push through the mountains this weekend with the freezing level hovering between 1,500 and 2,500 feet.
The Summit at Snoqualmie continues to expand operations, with Summit West open Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and then daily beginning Dec. 26. Summit Central is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and night skiing Thursday to Saturday.
Alpental is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. but is closed Monday. Summit East will begin operations Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Summit Tubing Center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Nordic Center opens Dec. 27.
The Summit received 19 to 21 inches of snow Wednesday night with a base at Summit West of 71 inches, and at Alpental a base of 84 inches and a summit total of 119 inches.
Despite having the more snow than any resort in North America, Mount Baker remains closed until at least Friday from Shuksan up to the ski area due to nearly 100 fallen trees from strong winds and heavy snow. Work crews have cleared some trees, but as of Thursday it remains too dangerous to be in the area.
Mount Baker will reopen soon from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and has received 12 inches since Wednesday night and more than 89 inches since Sunday. Baker has 169 inches at Pan Dome base and 140 inches at Heather Meadows.
Conditions at Crystal Mountain Resort, open daily 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., remain top-notch, with a base of 61 inches and summit total of 91 inches. Crystal has eight lifts operating with 50 trails, 20 groomed.
Stevens Pass Resort is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and has 37 trails open, 21 trails groomed, and nine lifts in operation. Stevens received 8 inches of snow Wednesday night with a base of 92 inches. The nordic center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Night skiing will be offered at Stevens Monday to Thursday until 10 p.m., and open Christmas Eve until 2 p.m.
White Pass is open daily from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m., with 47 trails groomed and seven lifts operating on a 64-inch base and a summit depth of 96 inches. White Pass received 9 inches on Wednesday night with a total of 42 inches the past two days.
Mission Ridge is operating daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with three lifts and 42 trails open. A power outage has Chair 1 closed and has limited some base-area operations. Mission received 5 to 8 inches Wednesday night, and has a 37-inch base and 56 inches on the summit.
In Eastern Washington, Ski Bluewood is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with 4 to 6 inches falling Wednesday night. The base is 28 inches and the summit 54 inches.
Mount Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park north of Spokane is open Wednesdays to Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed Mondays and Tuesdays) with Chairs 1, 3, 4 and 5 operating, and 23 trails groomed. It has a base of 27 inches and 51 inches on the summit with 2 inches of new snow on Wednesday night. The new Main Lodge is open with an additional 100 seats and open deck.
49 Degrees North is open daily from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and received 2 to 4 inches Wednesday night with a 27-inch base and 61 inches on the summit. All chairs are operating with 72 trails open and 25 groomed.
The Loup Loup Ski Bowl, located between Twisp and Okanogan, is open daily from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. (2 p.m. on Christmas Eve) through Jan. 6. Closed Christmas Day. It has 40 inches on the summit and 30 inches at the base.
Slopeside events and deals
• The Baker Beacon Rally is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 6 at the Mount Baker's Heather Meadows Base Area, and is a free educational event where avalanche professionals share rescue skills and promote mountain safety. Register online at www.rei.com/bellingham.
• The U.S. Airbag Jump Tour is coming to the White Pass Ski Area on Jan. 4-6. Details: www.USAirbag.com.
• The Crystal Mountain Resort First Tracks Breakfast and Summit Dinners are held on Saturdays. Details: http://crystalmountainresort.com/.
• The Summit at Snoqualmie has partnered with Mission Ridge to offer free midweek lift tickets by showing the 2012-13 Big S Pass at the ticket window through April 7. Special is not valid Dec. 26 to Jan. 2. Summit pass holders are also eligible for one complimentary ticket at Mission Ridge on Sunday when they purchase a full-price ticket Saturday.
• Stevens Pass has special 4-Day Powder Pack that allows a skier or boarder four days any time during the season for $159. It is available online through Monday. Details: www.stevenspass.com.
• Mission Ridge has a special Learn to Ski in 3 for $99, which includes three lessons, three lift tickets and three rentals. Details: www.missionridge.com.
• Whitefish Mountain, ranked 11th by a SKI Magazine reader survey, has a 20 percent discount for Amtrak overnight rides for Washington skiers and snowboarders. Details: www.amtrak.com.
• Special offer at Mount Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park is adults can purchase three tickets or a youth can get five tickets for $99.
Mark Yuasa: 206-464-8780 or firstname.lastname@example.org