The first significant winter storm of the year that arrived late last week was welcome news for skiers and snowboarders.

“The conditions have really improved, and this coming week it looks like we’re expecting up to three feet of snow,” said John Gifford, president of the Pacific Northwest Ski Areas Association. “This is great news for all the ski areas after going through a rather tough early season.

“A lot of the skiing time still lies ahead of us, and there will be plenty of time to hit the slopes heading into March.”

A winter storm watch remains in effect through Wednesday in the Cascades, and snowfall will be heavy at times, according to the National Weather Service.

Snow accumulation Sunday to Monday ranged from 6 to 12 inches, and another 1 to 2 feet is predicted by midweek. That has boosted snow base totals dramatically, and virtually all resorts in Washington and Oregon are in full winter operation mode.

The Summit at Snoqualmie has a base of 47 to 102 inches; Mission Ridge, 30 to 40; White Pass, 36 to 96; Stevens Pass, 61 to 84; Mount Baker, 87 to 100; and Crystal Mountain, 34 to 72.

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