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Ski report: Winter stubbornly holds on, which means more great skiing can be had

A strong and aggressive weather front has dropped 8-28 inches on the Cascade mountains since Monday, which will keep resorts busy

Seattle Times staff reporter

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Winter just won't bid adieu, and that is great news for skiers and snowboarders.

A very strong and aggressive weather front has pushed through the Cascade mountains, and dropped 8 to 28 inches of snow since Monday.

Light snow flurries are expected to continue through Friday night, and will give way to sunny weather Saturday through Monday. Pack the sunscreen when heading to the hillsides this weekend!

Freezing levels will hover in 1,000- to 2,000-foot elevation range through Saturday, and then shoots up to 4,000 to 5,000 feet by Monday.

All resorts are reporting excellent snow base coverage, and will continue normal operations as schools soon head into spring break.

Crystal Mountain Resort is celebrating its own March Madness with almost two feet of snow in the past two days, and 409 inches of snow this season. Crystal has six lifts open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through April 21, with a base of 80 inches and a summit total of 130 inches. The plans are to stay open on weekends from late April through June 16.

The Summit West base has 91 inches (76 inches at this time last week), and Alpental has a whopping 110 inches on lower hills and 182 inches on the summit. The summit of Alpental received 5 to 25 inches of snow in the past few days.

Summit Central is open 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Thursday to Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, and then 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through March 31. Alpental is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday to Sunday, closed on Monday, and then reopens 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through March 31.

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 5:45 p.m., weekends only. The Nordic center is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., weekends only.

Fresh powder is on the agenda at Stevens Pass Resort where 8 to 21 inches has fallen in the past few days, and 461 inches of snow this season. They have 27 trails open (21 were groomed) with eight lifts in operation on a 121-inch base, with 140 inches on top of the summit.

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 Mount Baker Ski Area is open 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Heather Meadows has a base of 204 inches (compared to 168 inches at this time last week) with 224 inches covering the base of Pan Dome. Baker has received 4 to 8 inches since Wednesday night.

The White Pass Ski Area is open 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, with six of eight lifts operating on 47 machine-groomed trails. The area received 10 to 14 inches in the past two days, and has a 93-inch base with a summit depth of 136 inches.

Plenty of untracked powder awaits skiers and boarders heading to Mission Ridge Resort, which has three lifts with 44 trails open (26 were machine-groomed) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Monday. Mission has a midway base depth of 41 inches and a summit total of 62 inches, and received 4 to 11 inches in the past two days.

The 49 Degrees North Ski Area received five inches of snow Wednesday night, 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 with 83 trails open and 27 were machine-groomed.

Mount Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday to Sunday with four lifts running on 45 trails and 31 were machine-groomed. They have a base of 62 inches and 88 inches on the summit with three inches of snow Wednesday night.

Ski Bluewood reopens Friday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. They have a base of 56 inches and a summit total of 81 inches.

Slopeside events

• The Alpental Geneva McQueen Memorial Shred-A-Thon is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Get a T-shirt and raffle ticket when you raise $75, and get a free lift ticket when you raise $125. The event benefits Chill Foundation's Shred For A Cause, which provides opportunity for at-risk youth through board sports. Register at www.seattleshredathon.kintera.org or email haleys@localchill.org.

• The Summit at Snoqualmie 75th Anniversary Celebration is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Summit West. Lift ticket prices will be reduced to $19.37 to reflect the year when winter ski operation began. Activities include a barbecue lunch, pond-skimming contest, an oldest-employee season pass contest, a scavenger hunt and live music. Details: www.summitatsnoqualmie.com.

• The Mission Ridge Resort Food Drive is Friday to Monday. Bring nonperishable food items to benefit the Women's Resource Center Food Bank. The drive is organized by the Mission Ridge Ski Team. Details: info@missionridge.com or 509-663-6543.

• The Mount Baker Ski Area's Golden Egg Hunt is March 30 with more than 4,000 eggs worth over $5,000 in prizes that will be hidden around the Shuksan side of the ski area. One lucky Golden Egg contains a Mount Baker season pass for 2013-2014 season. They will also have four separate hunts for kids ages 10 and under. Details: http://mtbaker.us/.

Mount Bachelor Resort is offering a special bus ski and snowboard trip from Portland to Mount Bachelor on 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 Mount Hood Meadows Northwest Ski and Snowboard Demo is 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the High Performance Center. Test out the latest gear for free from Salomon, Volkl, Atomic, Dynastar, Armada, Never Summer, Icelantic, Blizzard, Nordica, Lib Tech, Gnu, K2, K2 Snowboards, Line and more. A credit card, liability release and identification are required. Bring your own boots for the demo. Register from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Details: www.skihood.com.

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

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