Recent storms have piled up snow at ski resorts. Stevens Pass will open Tuesday, with Mount Baker and Crystal Mountain planning on Wednesday openings. Mission Ridge will open on Friday.
The stormy weather that has pounded the region the past few days has been good news for ski resorts.
Stevens will be open Tuesday from noon to 4 p.m., and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the Brooks and Daisy chairlifts in operation. Lift tickets will be $20. Early-season conditions exist so skiers and snowboarders should use caution.
On Sunday night, 14 to 18 inches of new snow fell, bringing the base total to about 24 inches and 31 on top with more snowfall in the forecast.
Crystal Mountain Resort will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday with the Gondola, Green Valley and Rainier Express lifts operating. Much of the open areas are intermediate and expert terrain. Crystal plans to open Chinook and Forest Queen lifts by Friday, and possibly High Campbell for access to Powder Bowl on Friday, as well. Lift tickets will cost $45 on Wednesday.
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The base at Crystal is 20 inches and the summit has a depth of 40 inches, with 15 inches of new snow falling last night.
Mount Baker will have limited operations beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday from the Heather Meadows area.
A warm front is expected to cause the freezing level to rise above 5,000 feet, but a cold front will bring much colder temperatures and more snow by late Tuesday and Wednesday, with 6 to 12 inches of new snow.
Mission Ridge will open Friday with Chairs 1 and 2 operating, and depending on snow conditions Chair 3 could also be up and running. Lift tickets will be $40. Check www.missionridge.comfor operating hours later this week.
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SID departments contributed to this report.