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Originally published November 21, 2012 at 1:03 PM | Page modified November 23, 2012 at 2:57 PM

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Ski report: Resorts opening around the state this week

Stevens Pass was the first Washington resort to open this year for skier and snowboarders. Many other state resorts plan to open this week.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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Skiers and snowboarders turned out Tuesday at Stevens Pass Resort, the first Washington area to open.

More resorts are opening this week. A winter weather advisory is in effect through Wednesday night in the north and central Cascade mountains, and 3 to 11 inches of new snow was expected to fall above 3,000 feet.

A brief lull is expected on Thanksgiving before more snow should arrive Friday through Tuesday.

Stevens is open daily 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the Brooks and Daisy chairlifts in operation. Lift tickets are $39. Early season conditions exist, so skiers and snowboarders should use caution. Three inches of snow fell at Stevens on Tuesday night, bringing the base total to 18 inches.

Mount Baker opened Wednesday after received 7 inches of snow overnight. Baker has a base of 40 inches at Heather Meadows, and 52 inches at the base of Pan Dome.

Mount Baker is open daily 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. from both the Heather Meadows and White Salmon Base areas with at least seven lifts operating. Lift tickets are $54 on holidays and weekends, and $49 week days.

At Baker, skiers are advised to stay on main runs as early season snow coverage exists. The bottom of Chairs 7 and 5 have very low snow conditions.

Crystal Mountain Resort also opened Wednesday, and will remain open Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the Gondola, Green Valley and Rainier Express lifts operating. Much of the open areas are intermediate and expert terrain.

Beginning Saturday, Crystal plans to also open the Chinook Express, Forest Queen and possibly High Campbell for access to Powder Bowl. Lift tickets through will cost $45.

The base at Crystal is 20 inches and the summit has a depth of 40 inches, with 4 inches of snow falling Tuesday night.

Mission Ridge will open Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with Chairs 1 and 2, and possibly Chair 3, depending on conditions. Lift tickets are $40. Mission received 1 to 2 inches of snow Tuesday night and has 21 inches base.

At other Washington areas, 49 Degrees North plans to open Friday as 14 inches of snow had fallen in the past two days.

Snow continues to fall at Mount Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park, White Pass and The Summit at Snoqualmie, which each plan to announce opening dates soon. Ski Bluewood plans to open around the end of this month.

In British Columbia, Whistler Mountain, located about five hours north of Seattle, is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lifts operating are the Whistler Village Gondola, Creekside Gondola, Emerald Express and Big Red Express, bringing the total lifts in operation to 11, including the Peak-2-Peak Gondola.

Blackcomb Mountain Resort, near Whistler, got pounded with snow in the past few days and will open Thursday for daily operations from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Six lifts will be in operation on Blackcomb — the Excalibur Gondola, Wizard Chair, Solar Coaster Chair, Excelerator Chair, Catskinner Chair and Jersey Cream Chair.

Sun Peaks Resort is open daily from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Sunburst Express, Sundance Express, Crystal, Elevation lifts and the Village platter and Carpet lift are operating.

In Oregon, the Mount Bachelor Resort near Bend is opening on Thanksgiving Day at 9 a.m. Lifts operating include Pine Marten Express, Skyliner Express and Sunshine Accelerator. The terrain park features will be set up in the Pacific City Park of Skyliner Express. Reported snow depths at Bachelor are 38 inches mid-mountain and 21 inches at West Village base.

Mount Hood Meadows will also begin the season on Thanksgiving Day, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lifts scheduled to open are Mount Hood Express high speed quad, Daisy, Easy Rider and the Buttercup beginner chair. The "Fun Zone" serviced by Mount Hood's only enclosed conveyor — the Ballroom Carpet — will also operate. The Meadows Shipyard park will feature several rails for early season jibbing. The resort currently has a 33-inch base.

Timberline Resort is operating two of nine lifts daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the Hoodoo Ski Bowl is expected to open soon.

In Idaho, Schweitzer Mountain Resort becomes the state's first to open for winter operations beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday. The Basin Express and Musical chairs will be operating. The area will close, and then reopen Nov. 30 for weekend operations, weather permitting. Sun Valley, Lookout Pass and Silver Mountain plan to open soon.

In Montana, the Big Sky Resort is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Whitefish Resort plans to open Dec. 8 and has 23 inches on the summit.

In Colorado, Arapahoe Basin, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Crested Butte, Steamboat, Telluride, Winter Park, Keystone and Loveland are open daily. In Utah, Alta, Brian Head, Snowboard, Brighton, Park City and Solitude are open daily.

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

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