A winter weather advisory remains in effect for the Cascades upper elevations through Tuesday that is expected to bring 6 to 14 inches of snow, and Stevens Pass Resort has decided to stay open for skiing and snowboarding.

An early season winter storm dumped plenty of snow across statewide mountains, allowing Stevens Pass, Crystal Mountain and 49 Degrees North to open last weekend.

Stevens Pass will remain open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. as conditions permit. Stevens Pass, where more than 1,000 people turned out for Saturday’s opener, has a base of 30 inches and summit total of 46 inches with a cumulative snow total of 63 inches.

It was expected to rain through Monday night at Stevens, then change to snow by Tuesday with an accumulation of less than 1 inch possible. Lift tickets are $20 through Thursday. No rental equipment is available.

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More than 600 skiers and snowboarders hit the hillsides Saturday at Crystal Mountain Resort.

“We are getting snow at the higher elevations and it is rain mixed with snow down below,” said Tiana Enger, the Crystal Mountain marketing director. “We could reopen on Wednesday, and we’ll make a decision by Tuesday.”

Crystal has a base of 7 inches with 27 inches on the summit, and a cumulative total of 45 inches.

Mount Baker management said they will likely open later this week, and will make an announcement by Tuesday.


• For the fourth time this season, Washington volleyball star Krista Vansant was named a Pac-12 player of the week. She has won three offensive honors and one defensive honor for the No. 3 Huskies (23-1, 15-1), who travel to face No. 5 Stanford on Wednesday.

Katie Benson of Seattle Pacific was named Great Northwest Athletic Conference women’s basketball player of the week.

• Senior middle blocker Nikki Lowell of Seattle Pacific was named GNAC defensive player of the week for the second time this season.

• Outfielder/pitcher Kevin Brady Jr. from Cascade High in Everett and outfielder Isaac Benard from Hanford High in Richland signed letters of intent with Washington.

• Northwest University outside hitter Sarah Stoker was named first team All-Cascade Conference.

• Western Washington (18-1-1) hosts Cal State San Bernardino (12-6-4) on Friday in the West Regional final of the NCAA Division II women’s soccer tournament.

• Western Washington setter Taylor Dillard was named GNAC co-player of the week.

From staff and sports-information reports.