Ski areas are expected to get colder temperatures and more snow this weekend, just in time for outdoor adventurers to take advantage of some deals.
Skiers and snowboarders will like what’s in store for the upcoming holiday weekend.
A little new snow has fallen lately, but the next “wow factor” won’t happen until this weekend, when the freezing level drops to 1,500 feet. Six to 10 inches of new snow are expected to fall on the mountain sides.
Here are some fun and exciting activities to check in the days ahead:
• The Vertfest, a celebration of backcountry culture, is Saturday and Sunday at Alpental at The Summit at Snoqualmie. The El Presidente Freestyle Camp, Saturday and Sunday at Summit Central, is open for intermediate-or-better snowboarders age 8 and older. For details, visit www.summitatsnoqualmie.com.
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• The Leavenworth Winter Sports Club (LWSC) is hosting the Bakke Cup Saturday at the Leavenworth Ski Hill. Registration is 8:15-9 a.m., with events starting at 9:30.
Everyone is welcome to come watch or participate in ski jumping, nordic races and alpine events. Proceeds will benefit the Junior Alpine Team. The race is named for Kjell Bakke, a supporter of the LWSC and its kids programs. For details, visit www.skileavenworth.com.
• Head up to the Mission Ridge Ski Area on Saturday and join the Night Skiing, Mountain Music Festival and Twilight Snowshoe events. Ski and snowboard under the lights of Chair 4 from 4-8 p.m. for only $15. The Mountain Music Festival at the Hampton Lodge features Slack Daddy at 6:30 p.m., with no cover charge. The Twilight Snowshoe Trek is guided by the Mission Ridge Patrol and meets 5 p.m. at the Hampton Lodge.
Also, the Mission Ridge Presidential Immersion is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. this weekend, and is an adult short course on skiing or snowboarding skills and techniques. Cost is $110, and doesn’t include rentals or lift tickets. For details, visit www.missionridge.com.
• The Rail Jam is 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 18 at the 49 Degrees North Ski Area. The snowboarding jam session is open to all levels, and entry fee is $20 (doesn’t include lift ticket). For details, visit www.ski49n.com.
• The Winter Carnival is Feb. 17-26 at Schweitzer Mountain Resort in northern Idaho. For details, visit www.schweitzer.com.
• The Stevens Pass Resort Freestyle Camp is Saturday and Sunday and open to intermediate level skiers and snowboarders 7 and older. Cost is $99 for one day, and $185 for both days. For details, visit www.stevenspass.com.
• Mount Bachelor Resort is offering a Kids Stay and Ski For Free Package that starts at $40. It’s available for kids under 18 during the winter season. For details, visit www.mtbachelor.com.
Other upcoming slopeside activities:
• The two-day Roxy All-Star Snow Camps begin next month for women and girls 13 and older at Whistler-Blackcomb Resort in British Columbia.
The clinics are March 3-4, March 17-18 and April 14-15, and the teen camp March 24-25 is open to any level of skier or snowboarder with options to learn park, pipe, freestyle and big mountain riding.
The women’s camp is $219 and junior camp is $199. Lift tickets, rental equipment, and lodging are not included. For details, visit www.whistlerblackcomb.com.
• The White Pass Ski Area’s Top of the Hill Adult Workshop is 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 25, March 10 and March 24. The workshop offers skiers and snowboarders over 18 the opportunity to improve their technique, and is open from novice to expert levels. Cost is $65 per day and $250 for the entire series.
The Kids Clinic offers skiing or snowboarding for ages 5 to 12, with lunch, snacks and lift tickets included. Dates are Feb. 25-26, March 10-11 and March 24-25. For details on both events, visit http://skiwhitepass.com.
• Stevens Pass is offering a $75-per-person deal for the weekend at Stevens Lodge through April 1. It includes breakfast and dinner on Saturday (and Sunday if a holiday weekend). For details, visit www.destinationcascades.com/lodging/item/stevens-lodge.html.
Also, Stevens Pass offers discounts on Thursday nights through Feb. 23. Ride the lifts from 3 p.m. until closing for $30. For details, visitwww.stevenspass.com.
• Red Mountain Resort in British Columbia has a Discover Skiing and Snowboarding Safely special that includes a two-hour lesson, full rental package and lift ticket for $59. The Kids Ski Free package for kids 12 and younger is offered with every adult day ticket purchased. For details, visitwww.redresort.com.
• Big White Resort in British Columbia offers a Downhill Divas package that includes a two-day Edge Camp hosted by pro instructor Edith Rozsa. Participants receive a welcome basket, private shopping at Edith Boutique, a massage and choice of private boot camp or yoga class. The two-night package is $660. For details, visit www.bigwhite.com.
• At the White Pass Ski Area, the Village Inn offers a three-night weekender special by adding a Sunday or Thursday night at 50-percent off to your stay, which is available until April during non-holiday times. Those who stay at the Village Inn two or more midweek non-holiday nights (Sunday to Thursday) can also enjoy great savings. White Pass also has more lift and lodging specials. For details, visit the www.skiwhitepass.com.
Mark Yuasa: 206-464-8780 or firstname.lastname@example.org