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Skiers and snowboaders got a sneak peek of spring-like condition, but change is on the way with more wintery weather in what has been a season to remember.

“It has been a very good season, and visits were up significantly and well above their normal average compared to the last four years,” said John Gifford, president of the Pacific Northwest Ski Areas Association. “I’m sure people were hungry after the bad season we experienced last year.”

“We’ve had a few periods of days when it rained hard, but we had a great start in December through early January, and that really helped to get everyone excited,” Gifford said. “Folks need to remember that historically March often times brings on some additional storms too. As for the snow pack we’re in good shape, and it should carry us well into spring for the resorts that stay open.”

A weak weather system will arrive late Friday that will bring brief periods of light rain or snow showers, and changes to a much colder, mixed bag of weather next week.

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Freezing levels will stay high – 3,000 to 6,000 feet – and then gradually dips as a series of colder fronts are expected to cross the state on Sunday through Tuesday creating alpine winds with moderate to heavy rain and snow on the hillsides.

Holly Sato of Seattle is all smiles after finding fresh powder at Stevens Pass Resort.
Holly Sato of Seattle is all smiles after finding fresh powder at Stevens Pass Resort. Photo courtesy of Jameson Florence.

Expected snowfall totals late Saturday to Monday:

Summit at Snoqualmie, 2-3 inches of new snow (330 inches for the season).

Mount Baker, 7-12 (480.5).

Stevens Pass, 3-7 (313).

Crystal Mountain, 3-7 (397).

White Pass, 3-6 (275-326).

At Mount Rainier National Park the road to Paradise at Longmire was open Friday. All vehicles are required to carry chains. The snow-play sliding hill at Paradise is generally open depending on daily weather conditions. Ranger-guided 1.8-mile snowshoe walks are available Saturdays, Sundays and holidays through March 27 at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. outside of the Jackson Visitor Center. Be sure to check the website for road conditions and restrictions before heading up. Through Friday, Paradise was covered with 103.7 inches of snow. For updates, go to www.nps.gov/mora/index.htm.

Oregon: Mount Bachelor, 99-128 inch base; Timberline, 113; Mount Hood Meadows, 98-184; Mount Ashland, 68-123; Hoodoo, 56; Willamette Pass, 64-118; and Mount Hood Ski Bowl, 36-45. Cooper Spur, 26, and Anthony Lakes, 67, will reopen this weekend.

Idaho: Sun Valley, 55-77; Brundage, 63-99; Tamarack, 42-80; Schweitzer, 54-101; Lookout Pass, 65-107; Bogus Basin, 52; Kelly Canyon, 33-61; Pebble Creek, 22-56; and Silver Mountain, 60-72.

Montana: Whitefish Mountain Resort is open daily, with 98-inch base, and 260 inches this season. A total of 105 trails and 10 lifts are operating, with night skiing Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Skiers and boarders head up the slopes at Stevens Pass Resort. (Caitlin Moran / The Seattle Times)
Skiers and boarders head up the slopes at Stevens Pass Resort. (Caitlin Moran / The Seattle Times)

British Columbia: Whistler-Blackcomb, 97; Cypress, 137; Mount Washington, 78-118; Whitewater, 104-105; Manning Park, 61-89; Big White, 101; Revelstoke, 28-96; Fernie, 53-113; Mount Seymour, 63-127; Red Mountain, 100; Grouse Mountain, 76-118; Kicking Horse, 37-67; Apex, 86; Silver Star, 63-80; Sun Peaks, 72-80; Panorama, 25-50; and Kimberley, 46.

Upcoming events

The Crystal Mountain Resort Vertical Express for MS is Friday to Sunday. The event benefits Can Do Multiple Sclerosis, a national nonprofit and innovative provider of lifestyle empowerment programs that help families living with multiple sclerosis. Skiers and snowboarders (of any age or ability) can participate in a variety of on-snow activities including a Heuga Vertical Challenge. Details: www.mscando.org/crystal or http://crystalmountainresort.com or Eric Wiseman at skicrystalforms@yahoo.com.

The Stevens Pass Resort Hope on the Slopes Ski and Ride for the Cure is Saturday and Sunday. This 24-hour event raises money and awareness for the American Cancer Society while participants test their endurance skiing and riding. Details: www.stevenspass.com.

The White Pass Winter Carnival is March 5-6. Events include snow castle, live music, fireworks, kids carnival, snow sports competition, poker run for kids and adults and a Saturday night dinner special. Details: http://skiwhitepass.com.

Mission Ridge Ski and Board Resort is hosting a Freestyle/Terrain Park Classes 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Classes focuses on introduction to park safety and etiquette, trick overviews and more. Cost is $60 pre-registration and $70 day of event. Details: https://missionridge.com/.

The free Whistler-Blackcomb Resort Fire and Ice Show is held every Sunday at 6:30 p.m. at the Whistler Village base between Whistler and Blackcomb Gondolas. The show features a mix of music with skiers and snowboarders showing off their acrobatic jumping through rings of fire. The Discover Whistler Days offer a 25 percent discount on select adult, youth and kids group lessons on Feb. 5; Feb. 20-March 11; and April 9-17. Details: www.whistlerblackcomb.com.\

Latest snow and lift reports:

Which ski areas are open and closed:


Resort

Hours

Base


Summit West, Snoqualmie Open: Fri: 4-10pm; Sat: 9am-10pm; Sun: 9am-5pm; closed Mon-March 4 71 inches

Summit Central, Snoqualmie Open: Fri-Sat and Mon-March 5: 9am-10pm; Sun: 9am-5pm 71 inches

Summit East, Snoqualmie Open: Sat-Sun: 9am-4pm; closed Mon-March 4 71 inches

Nordic Center, Snoqualmie Open: Fri-Sun: 9am-3pm; closed Mon-March 4. Tubing center open Fri-Sat: 9am-9pm; Sun: 9am-5pm; closed Mon-March 4 71 inches

Alpental, Snoqualmie Open: Fri-Sat and Tue-March 5: 9am-10pm; Sun: 9am-5pm; closed Mon 90-128 inches

Mount Baker Ski Area Open daily: 9am-3:30pm 134-164 inches

Crystal Mountain Open daily: 9am-4pm 62-100 inches

Stevens Pass Open: Thu-Sun: 9am-10pm; Mon-March 3: 9am-4pm 67-95 inches

White Pass Open daily: 8:45am-4pm; night skiing Sat until 9pm.; nordic center is open Thu-Sun 70-101 inches

Mission Ridge Ski & Board Open: Fri-Sun and March 3-4: 9am-4pm; night skiing Sat until 8pm; closed Tue-Wed 49-66 inches

49° North Mountain Open: Fri-Sun and Mon-Tue: 9am-4pm; closed Wed-Thu 82-127 inches

Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Open: Wed-Sat: 9am-9:30pm; Sun: 9am-4pm; closed Mon-Tue 45-85 inches

Ski Bluewood Open: Thu-Sun: 9am-4pm; closed Mon-Wed 71-91 inches

Whistler-Blackcomb Open daily: 8:30am-3pm 97 inches

Mt. Bachelor Open daily: 9am-4pm 99-128 inches

Leavenworth Winter Sports Club Open: Two nordic trails open, golf course trail closed for season; ski hill/tubing Fri: 3pm-8pm; Sat-Sun: 9:30am-5pm 19 inches

Methow Trails Open daily: 17 trails groomed Feb. 25-26 at Mazama; 16 at Rendezvous; 20 at Sun Mountain; and 11 at Winthrop 27 inches