Cold fronts and warm fronts take turns crossing Washington's mountains this holiday weekend.

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Skiers and snowboarders have a very short window of opportunity where snow will fall on the slopes this holiday weekend, and then it’s pretty much a soggy affair.

A cold front is moving onshore Friday, and freezing levels will slowly drop – 3,500 to 6,000 feet – bringing light to moderate rain or snow showers late Friday through Saturday.

Another warm front will usher in another wet weather system, and most precipitation will come in the form of rain as the freezing level shoots back up to 5,000 to 8,000 feet well into midweek. Lower elevation areas such as The Summit at Snoqualmie will likely see rain the entire period.

Not all is lost; the long-range forecast calls for much colder weather later next week.

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For now, when wet conditions prevail keep a positive attitude; stay on the groomed runs; avoid the sticky, grabby off-trail snow; and bring along some dry clothes for the drive home. Lastly, just remember the 2015 season when a lack of snow would have you begging to ski or ride in the heaviest of rainstorms.

A skier carves through a fresh powder stash at Whistler-Blackcomb Resort.
A skier carves through a fresh powder stash at Whistler-Blackcomb Resort. Photo courtesy of Logan Swazye with Coast Mountain Photography and Whistler-Blackcomb Resort.

Expected snowfall totals through Sunday:

  • Summit at Snoqualmie, no new snow expected (319 inches for the season).
  • Mount Baker, 6-12 inches new snow expected (288 for the season).
  • Stevens Pass, 7-15 inches (281).
  • Crystal Mountain, 5-10 inches (348).
  • White Pass, 4-10 inches (251-283).

At Mount Rainier National Park the gate at Longmire to Paradise was open Friday, with traction tires advised. 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 Thursday, Paradise was covered with 128 inches of snow and received 2 inches of snow. For updates, go to www.nps.gov/mora/index.htm.

Oregon snow-t0tal update: Mount Bachelor, 100-125 inch base; Timberline, 103; Mount Hood Meadows, 97-170; Mount Ashland, 67-109; Hoodoo, 55; Willamette Pass, 64-118; and Mount Hood Ski Bowl, 37-44. Cooper Spur, 34, and Anthony Lakes, 66, reopen this weekend.

Idaho update: Sun Valley, 70-85; Brundage, 63-87; Tamarack, 51-71; Schweitzer, 56-89; Lookout Pass, 68-105; Bogus Basin, 58-64; Kelly Canyon, 38-66; Pebble Creek, 26-53; and Silver Mountain, 60-72.

Montana update: Whitefish Mountain Resort is open daily, with 86-inch base, and 232 inches this season. A total of 105 trails and 10 lifts are operating, with night skiing Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Presidents’ Day Weekend Fireworks and Torchlight Parade in Saturday. Details: http://skiwhitefish.com.

British Columbia update: Whistler-Blackcomb, 90; Cypress, 126; Mount Washington, 74-108; Whitewater, 91; Manning Park, 55-75; Big White, 91; Revelstoke, 28-87; Fernie, 47-97; Mount Seymour, 58-113; Red Mountain, 83; Grouse Mountain, 69-118; Kicking Horse, 37-65; Apex, 82; Silver Star, 52-74; Sun Peaks, 64-71; Panorama, 25-48; and Kimberley, 45.

Photo courtesy of Jameson Florence.
Photo courtesy of Jameson Florence.

Upcoming events

The Summit at Snoqualmie Vertfest at Alpental is 8 a.m.-4 p.m. this weekend (Feb. 13-14). The event is hosted by Outdoor Research and supported by Subaru, Alpental and Pro Guiding Service, and benefits the Northwest Avalanche Center. Activities include demonstrations, clinics, full-day seminars, ski photography, vendors, live music, and culminates with the Monika Johnson Memorial Rally randonee race. Details: www.nwac.us/vertfest or www.summitatsnoqualmie.com.

The Mount Baker Ski Area’s Legendary Banked Slalom Race is Feb. 18-21. Details: http://www.mtbaker.us.

The Crystal Mountain Resort Vertical Express for MS is Feb. 26-28. 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 Feb. 27-28. 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 Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort Twilight Guided Snowshoe Trek is Saturday (Feb. 13). Check-in is 4:30 p.m. at the Ridge Mountain Works Shop. Cost is $10, and snowshoes may be rented for $15. 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 and Feb. 17-19: 4-10pm; Sat: 9am-10pm; Sun-Mon: 9am-5pm; closed Tue 82 inches

Summit Central, Snoqualmie Open: Fri-Feb. 20: 9am-10pm 82 inches

Summit East, Snoqualmie Open: Sat-Mon: 9am-4pm; closed Tue-Fri 82 inches

Nordic Center, Snoqualmie Open: Fri-Mon: 9am-3pm; closed Tue-Thu. Tubing center open Fri-Sun and Feb. 19-20: 9am-9pm; Mon-Feb. 18: 9am-5pm 82 inches

Alpental, Snoqualmie Open: Fri-Sat and Tue-Feb. 20: 9am-10pm; Sun-Mon: 9am-5pm 96-124 inches

Mount Baker Ski Area Open daily: 9am-3:30pm 109-140 inches

Crystal Mountain Open daily: 9am-4pm 63-89 inches

Stevens Pass Open: Fri-Mon and Feb. 17-20: 9am-10pm; Tue: 9am-4pm 61-85 inches

White Pass Open daily: 8:45am-4pm; night skiing Sat until 9pm.; nordic center is open Thu-Sun 68-90 inches

Mission Ridge Ski & Board Open: Fri-Feb. 20: 9am-4pm; night skiing Sat until 8pm 50-61 inches

49° North Mountain Open: Fri-Tue: 9am-3:30pm; closed Wed-Thu 90-145 inches

Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Open: Fri-Sat, Mon and Feb. 17-19: 9am-9:30pm; Sun: 9am-4pm; closed Tue 53-80 inches

Ski Bluewood Open: Fri-Sun and Wed-Thu: 9am-4pm; closed Mon-Tue 76-93 inches

Whistler-Blackcomb Open daily: 8:30am-3pm 90 inches

Mt. Bachelor Open daily: 9am-4pm 100-125 inches

Leavenworth Winter Sports Club Open: Three nordic trails open; ski hill/tubing Fri: 3-8pm; Sat-Sun: 9:30am-5pm; Mon: 10am-4pm; and Tue-Feb. 19: 10am-5pm 26 inches

Methow Trails Open daily: 20 trails groomed Feb. 10-12 at Mazama; 18 at Rendezvous; 21 at Sun Mountain; and 13 at Winthrop 37 inches