The weather forecast again calls for snow, and the timing could be a blessing as Pacific Northwest ski and snowboard areas near the busy holiday break.
“Conditions are looking up, and it will only get better with the expected snowfall in the coming days,” said Tiana Enger, the marketing director at Crystal Mountain Resort.
Snow coverage was thinning from the recent drought at all areas, although groomers and snow-making machines have been working overtime to make the best of what is on the ground.
Forecasters are calling for 3 to 14 inches of fresh snow, and accumulations will vary with the most occurring in the northern Cascades.
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“We have man-made snow in the base areas, and there is access from bottom to top, but those planning to ski down need to be cautious,” Enger said. “Areas from mid-mountain to the summit are in great condition.”
Crystal Mountain Resort is open daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with an 8-inch base and 40-inch summit. Lifts open are the Crystal Gondola, Rainier Express, Green Valley, Chinook Express, Forest Queen, Discovery and High Campbell.
White Pass is open daily 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. The base area is covered with 10 to 26 inches, and 40 inches on the summit.
The Mount Baker Ski Area is open daily 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with midweek operations out of the White Salmon Base Area. Heather Meadows has a base of 44 inches, with a 55-inch base on top of Pan Dome.
Stevens Pass Resort is open daily 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the Hogsback, Skyline, Kehr’s Chair, Tye Mill, Seventh Heaven and Daisy lifts operating. Stevens has a base of 25 inches and 42 inches on the summit.
Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort has four lifts open Thursday through Monday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. then closed Tuesday to Wednesday. Daily operation for the holiday begins Dec. 19. They have a mid-mountain coverage of 16 inches and 28 inches on the summit.
The Summit at Snoqualmie remains closed, and Summit West has an 8-inch base with 17-inches on the base of Alpental and 47 inches on top.