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The recent storm that pounded the Cascades will allow the White Pass Ski Area to open for winter operations starting this Saturday.

“We picked up six inches of snow in the past 12 hours, and it (was) still snowing hard (on Wednesday afternoon), which gives us the confidence to open Great White Express,” said Kathleen Goyette, the White Pass Ski Area marketing director. “We will be adding lifts if we get more snow, and at this point we plan on operating daily (from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.) conditions permitting.”

The White Pass Ski Area has a base of 16 inches and 33 inches on the summit.

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Whistler Blackcomb Resort has added more outdoor dining seating at its Roundhouse Lodge.
Whistler Blackcomb Resort has added more outdoor dining seating at its Roundhouse Lodge. (Courtesy of Whistler Blackcomb)

Another series of weather systems are expected to bring light to moderate snowfall mainly to the northern Cascades in the days ahead.

Other Washington areas currently open include the Mount Baker Ski Area, Crystal Mountain Resort and Stevens Pass Resort, which are all operating daily with good snow depth coverage from top to bottom.

The Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort could open this Friday, but a better chance is likely this weekend depending on snow conditions.

In eastern Washington, Mount Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park and 49 Degrees North Mountain Resort will open this Friday.