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The winter weather in the Cascades has been very kind to skiers and snowboarders, as ski areas are relishing some of the deepest snow coverage seen in recent years.

A series of weather disturbances moved across the state earlier this week and brought more snow, which has now switched back to mostly sunny skies and chilly temperatures expected through Friday.

There will be a change in the weather during the latter part of this holiday weekend, including a slight chance of snow showers on Saturday and Sunday. Snow levels are then expected to shoot up to between 4,000 and 5,000 feet from Monday through Wednesday, bringing rain or snow showers to the ski slopes.

More than 159 inches of snow sits atop the Mount Baker Ski Area.
More than 159 inches of snow sits atop the Mount Baker Ski Area. Photo courtesy of Mount Baker Ski Area.

The total snowfall this season is 207 inches (average is 659 inches) at Mount Baker Ski Area; 152 inches at the Summit at Snoqualmie; 208 inches at Stevens Pass Resort; 179 inches at Crystal Mountain Resort; and 217 to 250 inches at the White Pass Ski Area.

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The Loup Loup Ski Bowl – located between Twisp and Okanogan on Highway 20 – is open daily from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The North Summit and Bear Mountain Nordic trails are open and groomed, and the base area is open for snowshoeing. The Hurricane Ridge Ski and Snowboard Area in Olympic National Park is open Saturday and Sunday, as well as the Monday Martin Luther King holiday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weather conditions permitting, and has a 78-inch base.

Cross-country trail conditions are good at Lake Wenatchee State Park, Echo Ridge Nordic Ski Area, Methow Valley, Leavenworth Winter Sports Club, White Pass, Stevens Pass and Cabin Creek located just east of Snoqualmie off I-90.

A cross-country skier treks through the Echo Ridge Nordic Ski Area. The area offers 25 miles of trails.
A cross-country skier treks through the Echo Ridge Nordic Ski Area. The area offers 25 miles of trails. About 70 percent of the trails are dedicated to cross-country skiing and are looped on a series of ridge tops with scenic views of Lake Chelan and the North Cascades.

Inner-tubing or sledding is open at the Paradise snow-play area at Mount Rainier National Park; Summit at Snoqualmie tubing center; Lake Wenatchee State Park; Leavenworth Winter Sports Club; Hurricane Ridge; Stevens Pass; Lake Wenatchee State Park; Mount Spokane; Suncadia Tubing Hill near Cle Elum; Hyak Sno-Park; and Echo Valley.

In Montana, Whitefish Resort is open for the winter season with a 73-inch base. They have 101 trails open with 10 lifts operating (night skiing offered Friday and Saturday).

Open daily in British Columbia are Cypress Mountain (119-inch base); Whistler Blackcomb Resort (73); Mount Seymour (89-134); Grouse Mountain (112-133); Whitewater Ski Resort (71); Mount Washington Alpine Resort (57-61); Revelstoke Mountain Resort (72-74); Hudson Bay Mountain (30-55); Big White (65); Sun Peaks (44-59); Silver Star (36-58); Kicking Horse (24-47); Fernie Alpine (36-69); Panorama Mountain (21-37); and Red Mountain Resort (56).

Skiers and snowboarders take on moguls at Crystal Mountain Resort. (Bettina Hansen/The Seattle Times)
Skiers and snowboarders take on moguls at Crystal Mountain Resort. (Bettina Hansen/The Seattle Times)

Open daily in Idaho are Lookout Pass (103-120); Schweitzer Mountain Resort (36-62); Tamarack Resort (37-52); Sun Valley (78-95); Brundage Mountain Resort (45-61); Bogus Basin (60); Silver Mountain (50-60); and Pomerelle Mountain Resort (94-103).

Open daily in Oregon are Mount Hood Meadows (95-163); Mount Bachelor (110-124); Mount Ashland (88-118); Willamette Pass (75-112); Hoodoo Ski Area (84); Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort (46); Timberline Lodge (117); and Mount Hood Ski Bowl (68-78).

Latest snow and lift reports:

Which ski areas are open and closed:


Resort

Hours

Base


Summit West, Snoqualmie Open: 4pm-10pm Thursday and Friday, and Jan. 18-20; 9am-10pm Saturday, and Jan. 21; 9am-5pm Sunday and Monday, and Jan. 22; closed Tuesday 60 inches

Summit Central, Snoqualmie Open: 9am-10pm Thursday to Jan. 21; 9am-5pm Jan. 22 60 inches

Summit East, Snoqualmie Open: 9am-4pm Saturday to Monday, and Jan. 21-22; closed Tuesday to Jan. 20 60 inches

Nordic Center, Snoqualmie Open: 9am-3:30pm Friday; 9am-4pm Saturday to Monday, and Jan. 20-22; closed Tuesday to Jan. 19 60 inches

Alpental, Snoqualmie Open: 9am-10pm Thursday to Friday, and Tuesday to Jan. 21; 9am-4pm Sunday and Monday, and Jan. 22 69-110 inches

Mount Baker Ski Area Open daily: 9am-3:30pm 107-159 inches

Crystal Mountain Open daily: 9am-4pm 54-66 inches

Stevens Pass Open daily: 9am-4pm; night skiing until 10 pm Thursday to Monday, and Jan. 18-22 61-74 inches

White Pass Open daily: 8:45am-4pm; night skiing until 9 pm this Saturday and Sunday 71-89 inches

Mission Ridge Ski & Board Open: 9am-4pm; closed Tuesday and Wednesday; and night skiing until 8 p.m. on Saturdays only 36-43 inches

49° North Mountain Open: 9am-3:30pm Friday to Tuesday; closed Wednesday and Thursday 55-77 inches

Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Open: 9am-4pm Sunday and Monday; 9am-9:30pm Wednesday to Saturday; closed Monday and Tuesday 44-52 inches

Ski Bluewood Open: 9am-4pm Wednesday to Sunday 63-73 inches

Whistler-Blackcomb Open daily: 9am-5pm 73 inches

Mt. Bachelor Open daily: 9am-4pm 110-124 inches

Leavenworth Winter Sports Club Open: All nordic trails open daily; tubing open 3pm-7pm Wednesday and Friday, and 9:30am-5pm Friday to Sunday; ski hill open 3pm-8pm Wednesday and Friday, 9:30am-6pm Saturday to Sunday, and 9:30am-4pm Monday
 24 inches

Methow Trails Open daily: All nordic trails open at Sun Mountain (Lower Inside Passage is closed), Rendezvous, Winthrop (Bob is closed) and Mazama 17 inches