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Ski report: Snowfall should give way to clear conditions through weekend

Call it another week of mixed bag conditions for skiers and snowboarders. Snow showers continued to fall Thursday along the Cascades' slopes...

Seattle Times staff reporter

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Call it another week of mixed bag conditions for skiers and snowboarders.

Snow showers continued to fall Thursday along the Cascades' slopes but a dry and clear pattern is expected Friday to Sunday. That will be followed by another round of snowy conditions heading into early next week.

New snow amounts ranged from 2 to 11 inches the past couple of days, and will continue to build up ample base coverage heading into spring.

With more than 360 inches of snow this season, Crystal Mountain Resort has six lifts open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through April 21, with a base of 70 inches and a summit total of 106 inches. Crystal received up to 6 inches of new snow the past two days.

The healthy snowpack will allow Crystal to stay open on weekends from late April through June 16.

Stevens Pass Resort has 37 trails open (24 groomed) with nine lifts in operation on a 100-inch base, with 114 inches on the summit. The season snowfall total is 411 inches and the resort received 2 inches Wednesday. Stevens is open through March 31 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Thursday; 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

The Summit at Snoqualmie and Alpental received up to 9 inches the past two days, with more than 7 inches coming down Wednesday night. The Summit West base is covered with 87 inches. Alpental has 102 inches on lower slopes and 185 inches on the summit.

Summit Central is open 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Thursday to Saturday; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday. Alpental is open 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Thursday to Saturday; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, and Tuesday through March 17; and closed on Monday.

Summit West is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays only. Summit East is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays only. The Summit Tubing Center is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday; 9 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., Sunday. The Nordic center is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday to Sunday only.

The Mount Baker Ski Area is open 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and received 2 to 3 inches the past two days. Heather Meadows has a base of 173 inches, and 212 inches covers the base of Pan Dome. Chair 8 is closed Thursday.

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 has received 6 to 10 inches the past two days, with an 87-inch base and a summit depth of 127 inches.

Mission Ridge has three lifts with 42 trails open (24 groomed) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Mission has received 3 to 5 inches of snow since Tuesday, and has a midway base depth of 38 inches and a summit total of 56 inches.

The 49 Degrees North Ski Area received 6 to 8 inches of snow the past two days, and has a 63-inch base and a summit total of 126 inches. They're open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays to Tuesdays. Four lifts will operate on 21 groomed trails.

Mount Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park is open 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Wednesday to Saturday; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday. There are four lifts running on 45 trails (30 groomed) with 7 to 9 inches of snow the past two days, and a base of 70 inches, 88 inches on the summit.

Ski Bluewood is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday to Sunday, and has a base of 66 inches and a summit total of 85 inches. Bluewood received 11 inches of snow the past two days. All lifts are open, leading to 24 trails (seven groomed).

The Hurricane Ridge Ski Area is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Hurricane Ridge has received 4 inches of snow since Tuesday, and has a 110-inch base, operating three lifts on three trails.

Slopeside events

• The Crystal Mountain Resort Spyder Card Run is 9 a.m. Sunday. Ski or snowboard to designated playing card stations marked on the trail map to put together a poker hand by drawing a card from each station. Open to all ages and abilities and everyone has the same odds. Cost is $10 per person or $15 per couple, and free for kids under 12. Details: http://crystalmountainresort.com/.

• The Stevens Pass Resort Sven & Glenn Telemark Race is 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday (registration 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.). The event combines nordic and cross-country downhill skiing on a course that includes a jump, reipelykkje (pronounced rap-uh-loosh-uh) a roundabout sprint, skate portion and two-timed downhill race through gates on a giant slalom course. There is also a best costume division. Cost is $30 for one day or $50 for both days. Details: www.stevenspass.com.

• The Spree at Alpental Ski, Board & Snowshoe Demo is all day Saturday. Visit 18 ski and snowboard reps. There will be live music, a free lunch provided by Red Robin and a beer garden. The fundraiser benefits the Outdoors for All Foundation.

Each team of 10 participants is encouraged to raise a minimum of $1,000 to participate or individuals can pay $89 ( $59 for season's pass holders). Details: www.summitatsnoqualmie.com.

• The Hope for the Slopes, Ski and Ride for a Cure fundraising event to support the American Cancer Society is March 16 at Crystal Mountain Resort and March 16-17 at the White Pass Ski Area. The event is for all ages and skills. Individual and teams of up to 15 raise money for the most vertical feet or continued participation on the hour awards. Details: 253-207-5158 or email charlene.piercy@cancer.org.

• The Sun Valley Resort Film Festival is March 14-17, and features more than 60 short films, student films and music videos at theater venues in Sun Valley, Ketchum and Hailey. For a complete schedule, visit www.sunvalleyfilmfestival.org.

• The submission deadline for the Mount Hood Meadows Film Festival is Sunday for the event that will be held 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on March 17 in the Vertical Restaurant. Prizes for the top 10 finalists, including the top prize of $500. Details: 503-337-2222, ext. 1225 or www.skihood.com.

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

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