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It may be spring, but winter just won’t let go of its grip along the ski slopes.

That is good news for skiers and snowboarders on spring break who should be able to find plenty of fresh snow covered hillsides in the days ahead.

A low pressure system is expected to move across the state through Tuesday that will bring light rain showers, and then switch over to snow or rain mixed with snow as the freezing level drops from 5,000 to 3,500 feet.

Then another wet front ushers in more rain or snow along the western slopes all the way into Friday with a snow level hovering between 2,500 and 3,500 feet.

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Snow coverage remains excellent at all ski areas and means operation will continue at some areas well into spring.

Crystal Mountain Resort plans to stay open daily until April 17, and will reopen Memorial Day weekend for sightseeing on the Mt. Rainier Gondola and skiing in Green Valley. With almost 500 inches of snow on the upper hillsides, Crystal plans to run the Green Valley chair for skiing and snowboarding on weekends starting May 28 into July or as long as conditions allow.

White Pass is open daily through April 17, and also has an extended projected schedule of operation from April 16-17, April 23-24 and April 30-May 1.

In Oregon, Mount Hood Meadows is open daily through April 28, and the Palmer snowfields at Timberline Lodge will offer opportunities clear into early summer. In British Columbia, Whistler-Blackcomb Resort plans to remain open for the next couple of months.

A webcam view of Mount Rainier from a webcam at Paradise. (National Park Service)
A webcam view of Mount Rainier from a webcam at Paradise. (National Park Service)

Expected snowfall totals Monday through Friday:

Mount Baker, 7-16 inches of new snow (571 inches for the season).

Summit at Snoqualmie, 0-trace (383).

Stevens Pass, 7-14 (387).

Crystal Mountain, 4-7 (487).

White Pass, 4-6 (366-426).

At Mount Rainier National Park the gate to Paradise at Longmire is open with traction tires advised. All vehicles are required to carry tire chains. Extended hours (weather conditions permitting) on weekends from 8 a.m.-9 p.m. with uphill gate closing at 8 p.m. On weekdays the road is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and uphill gate closing at 5 p.m.

With 510 inches of snow this season places like Crystal Mountain Resort plans to stay open through May and possibly longer.
With 510 inches of snow this season places like Crystal Mountain Resort plans to stay open through May and possibly longer.

The snow-play sliding hill at Paradise will remain open through March 27 as conditions allow. 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. Winter backcountry, camping is available with a permit required. Be sure to check the website for road conditions and restrictions before heading up. Through Monday, Paradise was covered with 118.9 inches of snow. For updates, go to

Oregon: Mount Bachelor, 121-163 inch base; Timberline, 144; Mount Hood Meadows, 121-252; Mount Ashland, 79-149; Willamette Pass, 38-100; Hoodoo, 83; and Mount Hood Ski Bowl, 51-54.

Idaho: Sun Valley, 36-86; Brundage, 64-114; Tamarack, 28-93; Schweitzer, 51-109; Lookout Pass, 59-105; Bogus Basin, 57; and Silver Mountain, 65-79.

Montana: Whitefish Mountain Resort is open daily, with 109-inch base, and 295 inches this season. A total of 105 trails and ski conditions were good despite low visibility on Monday.

British Columbia: Whistler-Blackcomb, 132; Cypress, 173; Mount Washington, 120; Whitewater, 123-124; Manning Park, 67-96; Big White, 118; Revelstoke, 28-105; Fernie, 53-126; Mount Seymour, 84-163; Red Mountain, 117; Grouse Mountain, 96-146; Kicking Horse, 37-76; Apex, 102; Silver Star, 69-91; Sun Peaks, 84-93; Panorama, 20-56; and Kimberley, 46.

Latest snow and lift reports:

Which ski areas are open and closed:




Summit West, Snoqualmie Closed: Mon-April 3 78 inches

Summit Central, Snoqualmie Open: Mon-Wed and Sun: 9am-4pm; Thu-Sat: 9am-10pm 78 inches

Summit East, Snoqualmie Open: Sat-Sun: 9am-4pm; closed Mon-Fri and March 28-April 3 78 inches

Nordic Center, Snoqualmie Open: Sat-Sun: 9am-4pm; closed Mon-Fri. Tubing center Sat-Sun: 9am-5:45pm; closed Mon-Fri 78 inches

Alpental, Snoqualmie Open: Tue-Sun: 9am-4pm; closed Mon and March 28-30 103-152 inches

Mount Baker Ski Area Open daily: 9am-3:45pm 161-200 inches

Crystal Mountain Open daily: 9am-4pm 77-128 inches

Stevens Pass Open daily: 9am-4pm 87-115 inches

White Pass Open daily: 8:45am-4pm; nordic center is open Thu-Sun 92-131 inches

Mission Ridge Ski & Board Open: Thu-Sun: 9am-4pm; closed Mon-Wed 56-74 inches

49° North Mountain Open: Fri-Sun and Mon-Tue: 9am-4pm; closed Wed-Thu 82-127 inches

Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Open: Wed-Sun: 9am-4pm; closed Mon-Tue 39-89 inches

Ski Bluewood Open: Thu-Sun: 9am-4pm; closed Mon-Wed 72-102 inches

Whistler-Blackcomb Open daily: 8:30am-4pm 132 inches

Mt. Bachelor Open daily: 9am-4pm 121-163 inches

Leavenworth Winter Sports Club Closed for the season

Methow Trails Open daily: 16 trails groomed March 19-21 at Mazama; 18 at Rendezvous; 13 at Sun Mountain; and nine at Winthrop 24 inches