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Originally published Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 5:06 PM

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Freezing temperatures and some snow still expected at ski resorts

Weak weather system expected to give way to sunshine next week

Seattle Times staff reporter

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Spring has officially arrived, but winter weather is still staking its claim on the Cascade hillsides.

Freezing temperatures will remain in the forecast as a weak weather system is expected to bring off-and-on snow showers through Saturday night mainly to the northern Cascade region.

The snow pack continues to soar, especially at ski resorts in the convergence zone like Mount Baker that received a whopping 35 inches this week, and Stevens Pass and The Summit at Snoqualmie where 8 to 10 inches fell the past two days.

The early winter season drought is now just a nightmare in the rearview mirror as Mount Baker claims the biggest snowfall total in North America with 467 inches. Stevens also sits at a healthy 420 inches, followed by White Pass with 318 to 391 inches and Crystal with 297 inches.

Change will come soon for skiers and snowboarders with partly cloudy skies and peek-a-boo views of sunshine expected by Sunday and through early next week. That means sun block and shades will be essential gear to pack along when hitting the slopes.

Events and activities

• The Spring Splash Pond Skim Contest is 1-4 p.m. Saturday at Summit West. Cost $10 without a costume and free to those who wear a costume. Limited to 50 participants and helmets are required. Details:

• The American Cancer Society’s Hope on the Slopes is 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Crystal Mountain Resort. Open to team or individual skiers and snowboarders who compete in total vertical feet accumulated; best group theme costume contest; all mountain card run; and family friendly games and contests. Details:

• Mission Ridge and Libtech Present are holding “The Skookum Kooker” at 10 a.m. on Saturday. This is a traditional snowboard giant slalom race for all ages. Limited to 120 riders. Details:

Ski conditions
Summit West, SnoqualmieClosed Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; closed Monday-Thursday90”
Summit Central, Snoqualmie 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, and Wednesday-Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday-Tuesday90”
Summit East, Snoqualmie 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; closed Monday-Friday90”
Alpental, Snoqualmie9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday-Thursday; closed Monday101-175”
Nordic Center, Snoqualmie 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; closed Monday-Friday
Mount Baker Ski Area 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. daily165-194”
Crystal Mountain 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily 66-121”
Stevens Pass 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday; until 4 p.m. Sunday-Thursday122-164”
White Pass 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily53-143”
Mission Ridge Ski & Board9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday-Monday and Thursday; closed Tuesday-Wednesday34-56”
49 Degrees North Mountain9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday-Tuesday; closed Wednesday-Thursday61-102”
Mount Spokane Ski Area 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday; closed Monday-Tuesday45-97”
Ski Bluewood 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday-Sunday54-89” or 206-464-8780

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