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The midweek sunshine has faded, and skiers and snowboarders should be prepared to get a bit soaked.

Snowflakes will fall through Saturday in higher elevation areas such as Mount Baker, Stevens Pass and Crystal Mountain, and then change to rain or snow mixed heading into Monday.

The freezing level is forecast to jump from 2,000 to 7,000 feet, so bring rain gear and a towel.

There is a ray of hope that sunny weather will return next week, and a deep and above normal snowpack brought on by late-season snow storms will have folks carving turns well into spring.

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Avalanche at Chrystal

The massive avalanche at Crystal Mountain Resort triggered by an explosive set by ski patrol Monday took out the bottom of the High Campbell lift, which is closed for the season. Nobody was injured, and the resort plans to repair it by next season.

Crystal is experiencing abnormal avalanche conditions on places such as Bear Pits, Powder Bowl, High Campbell and Employee Housing that wiped out numerous trees. These slopes will likely be closed for an extended period.

Other avalanche-prone terrain such as Exterminator are closed until the snow pack stabilizes.

Also, stay within the resort’s boundary lines and don’t cross the ropes into uncontrolled areas.

Ski conditions
Resort Hours Base-summit
Summit West, Snoqualmie Closed Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; closed Monday-Thursday 86”
Summit Central, Snoqualmie 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Monday-Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday 86”
Summit East, Snoqualmie 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; closed Monday-Friday 86”
Alpental, Snoqualmie 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday-Thursday; closed Monday 98-173”
Nordic Center, Snoqualmie 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; closed Monday-Friday
Mount Baker Ski Area 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. daily, hours depend on snow/weather conditions 139-179”
Crystal Mountain 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily 59-113”
Stevens Pass 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday; until 6 p.m. Sunday; until 4 p.m. Monday-Thursday 105-144”
White Pass 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily; Nordic Center is open Thursday-Sunday 51-139”
Mission Ridge Ski & Board 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday-Tuesday and Thursday; closed Tuesday-Wednesday 38-58”
49 Degrees North Mountain 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday-Tuesday; closed Wednesday-Thursday 61-102”
Mount Spokane Ski Area 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday; closed Monday-Tuesday 57-94”
Ski Bluewood 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday-Sunday 51-84” or 206-464-8780

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