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It might be wise for skiers and snowboarders to briefly hit the pause button on Friday, but things should settle down rather quickly and it looks like plenty of fresh powder will cover the slopes.

A deep low pressure system was moving onshore Friday bringing very blustery winds and moderate to heavy rain or snow. Some places in the northern Cascades are expected to receive more than a foot of snow overnight.

The wacky weather will diminish by Saturday, and a weak upper trough and cooler air mass means off-and-on snow showers with partly cloudy skies through Sunday. The freezing level will plummet from 5,000 to 2,000 feet. The long-range forecast shows a snow showers from Monday all the way into Thursday.

The calendar says it’s April, but wintry-weather won’t give up just yet. The predicted snowfall totals over the next five days are 20 to 34 inches at Mount Baker; 8 to 17 inches at Stevens Pass; 7 to 12 inches at Alpental at The Summit at Snoqualmie; 7 to 15 inches at Crystal Mountain; and 6 to 11 inches at White Pass.

Trail grooming and parking lot plowing at state Sno-Parks has ended, but cross country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling will remain in operation. Portable restrooms may remain available at some Sno-Parks.

Cross-country skiers got a workout last January  on the 3.7-mile Big Tree Loop out of Pineside Sno-Park in the Mount Adams District of  Gifford Pinchot National Forest.<br/>

Sno-Park Permits are valid through the end of April, but many state parks may require just the Discover Pass after March 31. The Winter Recreation Program manages Sno-Parks on lands owned or managed by other agencies, like the U.S. Forest Service. Details:

In British Columbia, Whistler-Blackcomb resort received 26 inches of fresh snow this week, and now has a total of 467.7 inches this season. That officially surpasses its 10-year annual average snowfall of 460.6 inches. The mega-resort resort received 125.9 inches of snowfall in March alone, making March of 2017 the third snowiest March on record.

Whistler-Blackcomb will offer excellent spring skiing and riding conditions with Whistler Mountain’s last day of operations pegged for April 23, and Blackcomb Mountain will remain open through to May 22.

A snow groomer preps the runs at Mt. Baker Ski Area with Chair 8 and Mount Shuksan in the background. Photo courtesy of Mount Baker Ski Area.

The snowfall season total at Mount Baker Ski Area still holds the top honors of most snowfall on any ski area in North America with more than 785 inches. Big snow periods were 115 inches in November, 207 in December and 133 in January. Add a whopping 195 inches through March 23, which doesn’t include all the extra snow that has fallen since then. The average season total is 659 inches. The record was 1,140 inches in the 1998-99 season, and the runner-up was 857 inches in the 2010-11 season.

In Montana, Whitefish Resort is open daily with a 130-inch base, and has 87 trails with seven lifts open. Big Sky Resort is open daily with a 48- to 73-inch base.

Open daily in British Columbia are Cypress (177-inch base); Whistler-Blackcomb (142); Mount Seymour (138-256); Grouse (137-171); Mount Washington (87-125, open on weekends only); Revelstoke (122); Hudson Bay (42-63); Big White (118); Sun Peaks (85-102); Silver Star (69-113); Kicking Horse (28-95); Fernie (24-119); and Panorama (15-59).

Open daily in Idaho are Lookout Pass (127-143); Schweitzer (58-118); Sun Valley (33-97); Brundage Mountain (52-98); Bogus Basin (60-66); Silver (74-78); and Pomerelle (146-161, open weekends only).

Open daily in Oregon are Mount Hood Meadows (120-202); Mount Bachelor (115-150); Mount Ashland; Hoodoo (91); and Timberline (172).

A cross-country skier passes by a large Ponderosa pine at the junction of trails 1 and 6 at the South Summit Sno-Park area near Twisp, Okanogan County.

Upcoming slope-side events

The Subaru Winterfest “Seize The Snow Days” is 9 a.m. to 5 pm. on Saturday and Sunday at the Silver Fir Lodge. Join the activities happening including live music, s’mores and craft coffee, daily giveaways and test the latest gear from Nordica, Lib Tech, Thule, Klean Kanteen, and Under Armour. Details:

The Kids Golden Egg Hunt is April 16 at Mount Baker Ski Area with more than 4,000 eggs hidden on the slopes. Details:

The Mike Brooks Memorial Bobbleheads & Brews is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 15 at Crystal Mountain Resort. Come up for a fun day on the slopes as the resort remembers and honors Mike Brooks, and support a cause that was dear to him. Friends and family invite you to participate in a scavenger hunt for prizes, beer tasting, silent auction and raffle. Register online at Details:

The Capita’s Minor Threat Snowboard-Only Contest is 9 a.m. on Saturday at Stevens Pass Resort Terrain Park. The contest is open for youth under age 17. The event is free to participate. Details:

Tyler Meyers of Tacoma digs out his car at Crystal Mountain parking lot. Skiing has been tremendous this winter with lots of powder every day.  (Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

The Stunt Ditch Event is 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday at the White Pass Ski Area. Come and rip on the hand-built pipe with rails, jumps, snake run and more. Cost is $18 pre-registration and $38 day of event. Discounted lift ticket with paid entry fee. Details:

The Steve Burchett Memorial Ski and Golf Classic is 7:30 a.m. Saturday at the Three Lakes Golf Course and Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort. Proceeds from this event go toward avalanche education and honors Steve Burchett who passed away in an avalanche in 1994 while doing avalanche mitigation work at the ski area. This event is hosted by the Mission Ridge Pro Patrol. Details:

A partnership on a new season pass by Crystal Mountain, Stevens Pass and The Summit at Snoqualmie will be offered for 2017-18 ski season. Skiers and snowboarders will have the option to add a “Cascadia Pass” to a qualifying season pass from one of these resorts. This provides season pass holders three unrestricted days at each of other partner resorts for just $199 if purchased by May 31. Season passes will go on sale later this month at all three resorts. Details: and and

Blasting through the fresh powder at the Mount Baker Ski Area. Photo courtesy of Brad Andrew at Mount Baker Ski Area.

The World Ski & Snowboard Festival is Friday through April 16, and highlights the Monster Energy Boarderstyle Tour Finals, Halfpipe Fam Jam, Slush Cup and more on-mountain events. There will also be and arts and culture events in Whistler Village, including Intersection presented by Bromley Sports, the Olympus 72 Hour Filmmaker Showdown, the Olympus Pro Photographer Showdown, and free outdoor concerts featuring Walk Off The Earth, Busta Rhymes, Busty and the Bass and more. Details: or

Latest snow and lift reports:

Which ski areas are open and closed:




Summit West, Snoqualmie Closed: Friday through April 16 (no new snow) 78 inches

Summit Central, Snoqualmie Open: 9am-4pm Friday through Sunday, and April 15-16; closed Monday through April 14 (no new snow) 78 inches

Summit East, Snoqualmie Closed: Friday through April 16 (no new snow) 78 inches

Nordic and Tubing Center, Snoqualmie Closed: Friday through April 16; inner-tubing area open 9am-3:30pm Saturday and Sunday (no new snow) 78 inches

Alpental, Snoqualmie Open: 9am-4pm Friday through Sunday, and April 15-16; closed Monday through April 14 (no new snow) 99-185 inches

Mount Baker Ski Area Open daily: 9am-3:30pm (1-inch new snow) 188-243 inches

Crystal Mountain Open daily: 9am-4pm (no new snow) 67-102 inches

Stevens Pass Open daily: 9am-4pm Friday through Sunday, and April 14-16; closed Monday through April 13 (no new snow) 98-118 inches

White Pass Open daily: 8:45am-4pm (no new snow) 79-119 inches

Mission Ridge Ski & Board Open: 9am-4pm Friday through Sunday, and April 13-16; closed Monday through Wednesday (1-inch new snow) 50-56 inches

49° North Mountain Open: 9am-4pm Friday through Sunday, and season ends after this weekend (no new snow) 27-104 inches

Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Open: 9am-4pm Friday through Sunday, and season ends after this weekend (no new snow) 53-88 inches

Ski Bluewood Closed: Friday; open 9am-4pm Saturday and Sunday (no new snow) 54-87 inches

Whistler-Blackcomb Open daily: 9am-5pm (2 to 6 inches new snow) 142 inches

Mt. Bachelor Open daily: 9am-4pm (2 inches new snow) 116-152 inches

Leavenworth Winter Sports Club Closed for the season

Methow Trails Open daily: Most trails open at Sun Mountain, Rendezvous, Winthrop and Mazama (no new snow) 12 inches