Skiers and snowboarders have plenty of holiday weekend options, and another storm is expected to bring more snow to the Cascades by Sunday.
An arctic air mass is moving south from Canada, and rain is expected to turn to heavy snowfall in the mountains. The freezing level will drop to 2,000 feet by Sunday, and extreme cold weather is predicted to hang around next week.
The timing is good news, as snow coverage had started to become rather thin at a few ski areas that opened last week. Others like The Summit at Snoqualmie and White Pass are hopeful this arctic blast will allow them to begin winter operations soon.
“The snow is holding up well, and we’ve been really lucky with our conditions by doing some strategic grooming,” said Gwyn Howat, the Mount Baker Ski Area operations manager. “We’re anticipating 12 to 24 inches of snow from this upcoming storm if it hits us just right.”
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Mount Baker is open from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day from the White Salmon Base Area only, and Friday to Sunday out of the White Salmon and Heather Meadows base areas. Heather Meadows has a base of 32 inches, and there is a 41-inch base on top of Pan Dome.
Stevens Pass Resort is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thanksgiving Day to Sunday, with the Daisy, Brooks, Hogsback and Skyline lifts operating. The Beacon Hill terrain park will have 10 features open. Stevens has a base of 20 inches and 31 inches on the summit.
Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort reopens Friday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., then is scheduled to close Monday to Dec. 5. It has a base of 9 inches and 15 inches on the summit.
Crystal Mountain Resort reopens Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (upper lifts close at 3:30 p.m.), and plans to stay open for the season, conditions permitting. The Mount Rainier Gondola will shuttle passengers to the Green Valley lift. Summit snow depth is 25 inches.
East of the Cascades, 49 Degrees North Mountain Resort is open from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thanksgiving Day through Tuesday. Chairs 1, 3, 4 and 5 will operate with 5 inches at the base and 24 inches on top.
The Mount Spokane Ski Area will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday with Chairs 2, 3 and 5 operating on a base of 20 inches and a summit total of 29 inches.
In Oregon, Timberline Lodge Resort is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning Friday. Weather and conditions permitting, the area will operate the Palmer, Magic Mile and Bruno’s chair lifts. Timberline has a base of 21 inches.
Mount Bachelor Ski Resort will run 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday with Pine Marten, Skyliner, Sunrise and Sunshine Accelerator lifts shuttling riders up the hillsides. Mount Bachelor plans to stay open daily depending on snow conditions. The snow depth at mid-mountain is 19 inches, with a West Village base of 18 inches.
Mount Hood Meadows Resort will be open Friday through from Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with Cascade Express, Daisy, Easy Rider, Buttercup and Ballroom Carpet operating. Mid-mountain depth is 18 inches.
Lookout Pass Ski Area on the Idaho-Montana border is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thanksgiving Day through Monday. The area has a 10-inch base and 26 inches on top.
In Idaho, Schweitzer Mountain Resort is open Friday through Sunday with the Basin Express Quad, Lakeview Triple, Musical and Musical Carpet open from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Schweitzer has a base of 16 inches, 30 inches at midmountain and 42 inches on the summit.
Sun Valley Resort opened Thanksgiving Day for winter operations with lifts shuttling passengers daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Baldy and Dollar mountains. Baldy Mountain has a base of 12 inches, with 18 inches on the summit.
Silver Mountain Resort will begin winter operations on Friday with the first gondola loading at 8:15 a.m. Silver will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays to Sundays with select runs on Chairs 1 and 2, and the carpet lift.
In British Columbia, the Blackcomb Mountain area of Whistler Blackcomb resort opened Thanksgiving Day, joining the Whistler Mountain area, which opened two weeks ago.
Whistler Blackcomb is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The new Crystal Ridge Express and Harmony 6 Express lifts are scheduled to open Dec. 7.
Silver Star, Sun Peaks, Big White and Cypress resorts are also open daily, and Fernie Alpine Resort opens Saturday for daily winter operation.
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