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Originally published Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 4:21 PM

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First snowfall in two weeks hits Cascades

Skiers and snowboarders will find fresh snow on the mountains this week.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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Skiers and snowboarders are welcoming the first snowfall in almost two weeks, and more is expected in the coming days.

The freezing level is expected to rise through Friday morning, then gradually drop, bringing additional snow to the Cascades.

All the ski areas are reporting excellent machine-groomed conditions layered with packed new snow and ankle deep powder off the main trails.

The Mount Baker Ski Area received 6 to 8 inches Wednesday night at Heather Meadows, and 10 to 12 inches on Pan Dome. Baker is open 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and has 140 inches on the Pan Dome base and 170 inches at Heather Meadows base.

Crystal Mountain Resort has eight lifts open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily with a base of 57 inches and a summit total of 87 inches. The season snowfall is 283 inches, and the resort received 1 to 2 inches Wednesday night. The Quicksilver, Gold Hills and Discovery lifts are open until 6 p.m. Chinook Express and Forest Queen are open until 4:30 p.m.

Stevens Pass Resort has 37 trails open (28 groomed) with eight lifts in operation on an 76-inch base, with 82 inches on the summit. The season snowfall total is 300 inches, and another 2 inches fell Wednesday night. Stevens is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Tuesday; 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

The Summit at Snoqualmie received 2 to 3 inches Wednesday night, and the Summit West base is covered with 63 inches. Alpental is blanketed with 73 inches on lower slopes, and 111 inches at the summit. The Summit Terrain Park crew at Summit Central worked diligently Wednesday night by adding two new features.

Summit Central is open 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday; Alpental is open 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday and closed on Monday; Summit West is open 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, and closed on Monday; Summit East reopens 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday to Sunday. The Summit Tubing Center is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Sunday. The Nordic center is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday-Sunday.

The White Pass Ski Area is open 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, with six lifts operating on 47 machine-groomed trails. The area received 2 inches of snow Wednesday night, and has a 58-inch base with a summit depth of 92 inches.

Mission Ridge has three lifts opening up to 43 trails (27 groomed) and received a trace of snow Wednesday night. Mission is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays to Mondays, has a midway base depth of 37 inches and a summit total of 58 inches.

Four inches of snow fell Wednesday night to add to the 60-inch base at 49 Degrees North Ski Area, for a summit total of 119 inches. They're open 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday-Tuesday. All chairs will operate Friday on 82 trails (31 groomed).

Mount Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park received 3 inches Wednesday night, and is open 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. There are 45 trails open, 32 of them groomed, with a base of 64 inches and 71 inches on the summit.

Ski Bluewood is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday to Monday with a base of 44 inches and a summit total of 57 inches. They received 2 inches Wednesday night. All lifts are open, with 24 trails (seven groomed).

Ski Leavenworth has a base of 39 inches, and is open 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Friday, and 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday to Monday. Nordic trails are open daily, and the area also offers snowshoeing, a ski jumping hill, tubing and ice skating.

The Methow Valley has close to 100 miles of nordic trails for all levels at Sun Mountain, Winthrop, Mazama and Rendezvous. The Methow has 24 inches of total snow accumulation, and received 1 to 3 inches of snow Wednesday night. All the Rendezvous trails were groomed, except for Fawn. The Town trailhead was also groomed out along the community trail to just beyond Powers Plunge.

Mazama was groomed to Browns Farm and out to Jacks trail. A few lower trails were groomed at Sun Mountain. Trails that didn't get groomed should also be in decent shape.

Slopeside events

• The White Pass Cross Country Ski & Snowshoe Jamboree is Saturday, and includes free lessons and discounts on trail passes and rentals. Details: https://skiwhitepass.com.

• The Crystal Mountain Resort KEEN Rippin' Chix Steep Skiing Camp is Feb. 9-10. Instruction will focus on steep skiing with several group levels from a first-time introduction to moguls, trees and powder, to upper groups learning how to safely jump rocks. Participants must be able to make 10 consecutive turns on a black diamond run. Cost is $350. Details: http://crystalmountainresort.com or www.AlisonGannett.com.

• The Leavenworth Ski Hill Nissebakken Tele Race is 5 p.m. Friday. Prizes will be awarded to the best costume. Cost is $20 for ski club members and $25 for nonmembers. Details: www.skileavenworth.com.

• The Ski Bluewood Pepsi 2-for-1 Thursday special means you need to bring in six empty Pepsi product cans or bottle tops on Thursdays and the purchase of an adult lift ticket will get a second lift ticket for free. Details: www.bluewood.com.

• The Mount Hood Meadows Safety Fair is Saturday. There will be safety demonstrations on gear, lift safety, avalanche beacons and search techniques, plus chances to win prizes. Trade in your old helmet and receive 15 percent off a new helmet in Outer Limits Sports. Details: www.skihood.com.

• The Sun Valley Nordic Festival is Saturday through Feb. 3. The event features a twilight ski and dinner, sprints and snowbike competition, food, music, Banff Film Festival and cross-country racing. Details: www.svnordicfestival.com.

• The Deschutes Brewery and Mount Bachelor Resort are offering a special bus ski and snowboard trip from Portland to Mount Bachelor on Saturday, Feb. 18, March 28, April 20 and May 11. Cost is $99, and includes a full-day lift ticket, plus a $10 food voucher for lunch, and dinner and beer at the Deschutes Brewery Pub in Bend. Must be at least 21-years-old. Bus departs the brewery at 6 a.m. and returns at 11 p.m. Details: www.mtbachelor.com.

• The Scottish Lakes High Camp offers a 35-mile network of Nordic ski trails for all levels of ability. Visitors can make a day trip or spend an overnight by making a reservation for a cabin or the lodge. Details: www.scottishlakes.com.

• The Mount Baker Legendary Banked Slalom Race is Feb. 8-10. Details: http://mtbaker.us/.

Mark Yuasa: 206-464-8780 or myuasa@seattletimes.com

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