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Originally published Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 6:51 PM

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Weather-cursed ski areas open, with springlike conditions

A decent snowfall two weeks ago was a savior for this season with the next foreseeable precipitation not happening until late Monday night. And even that will likely amount to just a few inches of fresh snow mixed in with freezing rain at times.


Seattle Times staff reporter

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The dry and clear weather pattern that has cursed the Pacific Northwest ski and snowboard areas this winter remains in place, and has left many hanging on by the tips of their boards with modest snow coverage.

The next few days will be mainly sunny under springlike conditions with hard, groomed snow in the morning turning much softer by the afternoon.

A decent snowfall two weeks ago was a savior for this season, with the next foreseeable precipitation not happening until late Monday night. And even that will likely amount to just a few inches of fresh snow mixed in with freezing rain at times.

The Summit at Snoqualmie the Summit West area has 27 inches of snow at the base. The base at Alpental is 36 inches with a summit total of 88 inches.

Summit Central is open daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Alpental is open Tuesday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Summit West is open 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Nordic Center is open Friday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Summit East remains closed at this time.

The Mount Baker Ski Area is open daily from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and the Heather Meadows base is 80 inches, and the Pan Dome depth is 92 inches. Midweek operation is out of the White Salmon Lodge with Chairs 3, 4, 5, 7, 8 and the handle tow open.

Crystal Mountain Resort is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with 23 inches on the base and 64 inches on the summit. Lifts open are the Chinook Express, Discovery, Forest Queen Express, Crystal Gondola, Green Valley, Northway and Rainier Express.

Stevens Pass Resort is open daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. through Saturday, until 6 p.m. Sunday and 4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. They have a base of 49 inches and summit total of 74 inches.

White Pass is open through Monday from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m., and a base coverage of 26 inches with 76 inches on the summit. All trails are open with Great White, Platter, Carpet, Far East, Basin and Couloir lifts shuttling guests up the hillsides. Night skiing is offered until 9 p.m. on Saturday.

East of the Cascades, Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort is open through Monday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. They have a mid-mountain coverage of 19 inches and 31 inches on the summit, which is boosted in areas by an excellent snow making system. Night skiing is offered until 8 p.m. this Saturday.

The Sun Mountain area — part of the Methow Valley Sport Trails Association — has retained nice snow coverage along the Chickadee trailhead and will groom the Patterson Lake area as conditions allow.

At Rendezvous, the Cub Creek trailhead to Rendezvous Pass and down Rendezvous Basin has been groomed. Look for improvement on the lower sections of trails at Cougar Bait. In Mazama the Community Trail from Mazama to Freestone, Lower River Run, Jacks, and the Meadow Trails around the Corral/Mazama trailhead were groomed.

At Leavenworth Winter Sports Club, the nordic trails at the Tumwater Campground are open, and will be groomed Friday to Monday. The tubing area could reopen this weekend, and the Ski Hill remains closed.

49 Degrees North Mountain Resort is open Friday to Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a 31-inch base and 60-inch summit. Chairs 1, 3 and 5 are operating on 69 trails and 18 are groomed.

The Mount Spokane Ski Area is open Wednesday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and until 4 p.m. on Sunday. The hillside has a 31-inch base and a 53-inch summit snow depth, and 49 trails open with 27 groomed.

Ski Bluewood is open Thursday to Monday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a base of 30 inches and 48 inches on the summit. They have 20 trails open and 12 are groomed.

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