Moisture-laden winter storms brewing off the coast will bring plenty of fresh snow — sometimes heavy — to the Cascade mountains.
Snow accumulation has ranged from 2 feet to 4 feet since Monday, creating pristine, deep powdery conditions for Northwest skiers and snowboarders. Up to another 5 feet could fall before Sunday.
All that fresh snow means high avalanche danger, creating hazardous conditions for those trekking into the backcountry beyond the ski areas’ controlled zones.
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• The Subaru Vertfest is this weekend at Alpental, and starts at 9 a.m. each day.
• The Crystal Triple Crown Day Two: Washington State’s Junior Freeride Championship is Saturday at Crystal Mountain Resort.
• The Sheimo Cup is Saturday at 49 Degrees North Mountain Resort. Racing is for all ages for skiing, snowboarding or telemarking.
• The Methow Valley Sport Trails Association received 6 inches of snow with a total accumulation of 28 inches. Grooming has been delayed on some trails while others were groomed twice to keep the tracks ideal for skiers. Conditions were changing quickly so check the website at www.mvsta.com
• At the Leavenworth Winter Sports Club the Icicle River Trail is open with 8 kilometers groomed for skate and classic. The Nordic trails at Ski Hill were open with 7 kilometers groomed for skate and classic. The Tumwater Campground is closed for Nordic skiing until further notice. Ski Hill and the tubing area will reopen Saturday for the extended holiday weekend. The Leisure Games presented by Icicle Brewing Company is 1-11 p.m. Saturday.
• There is free entrance to Mount Rainier National Park during President’s Day Weekend. Visitors can take advantage of sledding on the Snow Play Area at Paradise and guided snowshoe walks with park service rangers. Details: www.visitrainier.com
|A look at ski conditions at local resorts:|
|Summit West, Snoqualmie||4-10 p.m. Fri; 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun-Mon||56”|
|Summit Central, Snoqualmie||9 a.m.-10 p.m. through Feb. 22||56”|
|Summit East, Snoqualmie||9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday through Monday||56”|
|Alpental, Snoqualmie||9 a.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday||64”|
|Nordic Center, Snoqualmie||9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Monday|
|Mount Baker Ski Area||9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. daily||102-119”|
|Crystal Mountain||9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily||38”|
|Stevens Pass||9 a.m.-10 p.m. through Sun; until 6 Mon; until 4 Tues||74”|
|White Pass||8:45 a.m.-4 p.m. through Monday; until 9 Sat||40”|
|Mission Ridge Ski & Board||9 a.m.-4 p.m. Fri and Sun-Thur; until 8 Saturday||28”|
|49 Degrees North Mountain||9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Tuesday, night skiing Sat only||42”|
|Mount Spokane Ski Area||9 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Wed-Sat; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun-Mon||40”|
|Ski Bluewood||9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday through Monday||44”|
|Source: Ski resorts and skiwashington.com|