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.

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Skiers and snowboarders who reside in the Pacific Northwest learn how to deal with ever changing conditions, and the upcoming holiday weekend will require suitable water repellent gear and adapting to sloppy, wet snow.

A strong ridge of high pressure has weakened, and now a warm front with elevated freezing levels – 3,500 to 8,500 feet – is expected to bring mostly rain to ski areas through Friday.

Temperatures will briefly drop Saturday, and then shoot up as another warm front ushers in light to occasionally heavy rain or snow through Wednesday. Lower elevation areas such as The Summit at Snoqualmie will likely see rain the entire time.

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 in the heaviest of rainstorms.

Mount Adams looms in the distance, as seen from the Summit House at Crystal Mountain. (Lindsey Wasson/The Seattle Times)
Mount Adams looms in the distance, as seen from the Summit House at Crystal Mountain. (Lindsey Wasson/The Seattle Times)
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Expected snowfall totals through Saturday:

  • Summit at Snoqualmie, no new snow expected (316 inches for the season).
  • Mount Baker, 4-8 inches (288).
  • Crystal Mountain, 6-11 inches (348).
  • Stevens Pass, 6-14 inches (281).
  • White Pass, 4-8 inches (251-283).

At Mount Rainier National Park the gate at Longmire to Paradise was open Thursday, and traction tires were 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 Wednesday, Paradise was covered with 123 inches of snow. For updates, go to www.nps.gov/mora/index.htm.

Skiers wait for the Green Valley lift at Crystal Mountain Resort. (Bettina Hansen/The Seattle Times)
Skiers wait for the Green Valley lift at Crystal Mountain Resort. (Bettina Hansen/The Seattle Times)

Oregon: Mount Bachelor, 104-130 inch base; Timberline, 106; Mount Hood Meadows, 102-179; Mount Ashland, 69-112; Hoodoo, 67; Willamette Pass, 64-118; and Mount Hood Ski Bowl, 52-58. Cooper Spur, 34, and Anthony Lakes, 66, reopen this weekend.

Idaho: Sun Valley, 70-85; Brundage, 64-88; Tamarack, 53-73; Schweitzer, 57-90; Lookout Pass, 68-105; Bogus Basin, 58-64; Kelly Canyon, 38-66; Pebble Creek, 28-56; and Silver Mountain, 60-72.

Montana: Whitefish Mountain Resort is open daily, with a 86-inch base, and 232 inches this season. A total of 105 trails and 10 lifts are operating, with night skiing Friday and Saturday.

British Columbia: Whistler-Blackcomb, 89; Cypress, 134; Mount Washington, 74-109; Whitewater, 90-91; Manning Park, 58-76; Big White, 91; Revelstoke, 28-88; Fernie, 47-98; Mount Seymour, 61-120; Red Mountain, 83; Grouse Mountain, 79-122; Kicking Horse, 37-66; Apex, 82; Silver Star, 52-71; Sun Peaks, 61-68; Panorama, 25-48; and Kimberley, 47.

Latest snow and lift reports:

Which ski areas are open and closed:


Resort

Hours

Base


Summit West, Snoqualmie Open: Thu-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 113-146 inches

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

Stevens Pass Open: Thu-Mon and Feb. 17-20: 9am-10pm; Tue: 9am-4pm 64-86 inches

White Pass Open daily: 8:45am-4pm; night skiing Sat until 9pm.; nordic center is open Thu-Sun 71-92 inches

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

49° North Mountain Open: Fri-Tue: 9am-3:30pm; closed Wed-Thu 90-144 inches

Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Open: Thu-Sat, Mon and Feb. 17: 9am-9:30pm; Sun: 9am-4pm; closed Tue 55-81 inches

Ski Bluewood Open: Fri-Sun and Wed-Thu: 9am-4pm; closed Mon-Tue 78-95 inches

Whistler-Blackcomb Open daily: 8:30am-3pm 89 inches

Mt. Bachelor Open daily: 9am-4pm 104-130 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 27 inches

Methow Trails Open daily: 20 trails groomed Feb. 10-11 at Mazama; 16 at Rendezvous; 21 at Sun Mountain; and 13 at Winthrop 38 inches