Skiers and snowboarders looking for a fresh cache of powder should hit the hillsides soon as big changes to the weather forecast are looming on the horizon.

Share story

Skiers and snowboarders looking for a fresh cache of powder should hit the hillsides soon as big changes to the weather forecast are looming on the horizon.

Light snow showers will deliver another trace- to 1-inch through Monday, and then high pressure will rebuild over the state bringing mostly sunny and mild temperatures until Friday.

The snow pack melted away after the extremely wet weather last week, but regained strength of late with most ski areas receiving anywhere from 4- to 24-inches of snow. The snow pack still remains right at normal season levels so there is no need to fret heading into March and possibly well into spring.

Season snowfall totals through Monday:

This week, save 75% on select subscriptions.

Summit at Snoqualmie, 330 inches for the season.

Mount Baker, 288.

Stevens Pass, 311.

Crystal Mountain, 397.

White Pass, 275-326.

Whistler-Blackcomb, 333.

Mount Bachelor, 358.5-368.

At Mount Rainier National Park the gate at Longmire to Paradise was open Monday with chains required on 2WD vehicles at Cougar Rock. 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 Monday, Paradise was covered with 103 inches of snow. For updates, go to www.nps.gov/mora/index.htm.

Oregon: Mount Bachelor, 103-126 inch base; Timberline, 156; Mount Hood Meadows, 104-190; Mount Ashland, 76-109; Hoodoo, 61; Willamette Pass, 64-118; and Mount Hood Ski Bowl, 45-51. Cooper Spur, 24, and Anthony Lakes, 68, will reopen this weekend.

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.

Idaho: Sun Valley, 63-83; Brundage, 65-102; Tamarack, 44-84; Schweitzer, 57-103; Lookout Pass, 70-110; Bogus Basin, 59; Kelly Canyon, 35-64; Pebble Creek, 22-54; and Silver Mountain, 60-72.

Montana: Whitefish Mountain Resort is open daily, with 101-inch base, and 260 inches this season. A total of 105 trails and 10 lifts are operating, with night skiing Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

British Columbia: Whistler-Blackcomb, 101; Cypress, 134; Mount Washington, 81-122; Whitewater, 109-110; Manning Park, 65-93; Big White, 106; Revelstoke, 28-99; Fernie, 53-120; Mount Seymour, 65-132; Red Mountain, 109; Grouse Mountain, 76-118; Kicking Horse, 37-70; Apex, 86; Silver Star, 65-82; Sun Peaks, 76-84; Panorama, 26-52; and Kimberley, 46.

Skiers and snowboarders make their way down The Exterminator, a double black diamond run, at Crystal Mountain. (Lindsey Wasson/The Seattle Times)
Skiers and snowboarders make their way down The Exterminator, a double black diamond run, at Crystal Mountain. (Lindsey Wasson/The Seattle Times)

Upcoming events

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 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: Wed-Fri: 4-10pm; Sat: 9am-10pm; Sun: 9am-5pm; closed Mon-Tue 79 inches

Summit Central, Snoqualmie Open: Mon-Sat: 9am-10pm; Sun: 9am-5pm 79 inches

Summit East, Snoqualmie Open: Sat-Sun: 9am-4pm; closed Mon-Fri 79 inches

Nordic Center, Snoqualmie Open: Fri-Sun: 9am-3pm; closed Mon-Thu. Tubing center open Fri-Sat: 9am-9pm; Sun: 9am-5pm; closed Mon-Thu 79 inches

Alpental, Snoqualmie Open: Tue-Sat: 9am-10pm; Sun: 9am-5pm; closed Mon 94-133 inches

Mount Baker Ski Area Open daily: 9am-3:30pm 144-172 inches

Crystal Mountain Open daily: 9am-4pm 65-105 inches

Stevens Pass Open: Wed-Sun: 9am-10pm; Mon-Tue: 9am-4pm 71-100 inches

White Pass Open daily: 8:45am-4pm; night skiing Sat until 9pm.; nordic center is open Thu-Sun 76-107 inches

Mission Ridge Ski & Board Open: Mon and Thu-Sun: 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 92-147 inches

Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Open: Wed-Sat: 9am-9:30pm; Sun: 9am-4pm; closed Mon-Tue 45-86 inches

Ski Bluewood Open: Wed-Sun: 9am-4pm; closed Mon-Tue 75-94 inches

Whistler-Blackcomb Open daily: 8:30am-3pm 101 inches

Mt. Bachelor Open daily: 9am-4pm 103-126 inches

Leavenworth Winter Sports Club Open: Three nordic trails open; ski hill/tubing Wed-Fri: 3pm-8pm; Sat-Sun: 9:30am-5pm 19 inches

Methow Trails Open daily: 21 trails groomed Feb. 21-22 at Mazama; 17 at Rendezvous; 20 at Sun Mountain; and 10 at Winthrop 28 inches