For some Seattleites, it’s finally time to emerge from hibernation. For skiers, though, it’s just the cap on an unsatisfying winter. Here’s just how bad it was.

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Today marks the first day of spring.

For some Seattleites, it’s time to emerge from hibernation, shake off the rust and shed that Seattle “tan” (skin so pale, blue veins show through).

For skiers, though, the day marks a sad bookend to an unsatisfying winter.

How bad was it? It was bad back in February and only got worse.

In a letter to season ticket holders, Summit at Snoqualmie General Manager Dan Brewster said current season-ticket holders would get an 80 percent discount off next season’s passes:

“Sadly, the time of year has come for us to accept that winter is not coming back in any substantial way.  Despite all our snow dances and collective hopes and wishes, winter 2014-15 has plain decided not to be kind to Pacific Northwest skiers and riders.”

Crystal Mountain Resort offered a 20 percent discount on next year’s passes and promised to invest in snow-making equipment.

Stevens Pass offered about a 30 percent discount for typical pass holders next year.

Up north, the Bellingham Herald reports the Mount Baker Ski Area won’t be holding its 30th annual Legendary Banked Slalom event because there’s not enough snow. It’s only been canceled once before, according to the paper.

Most areas of the state are suffering from snowpack levels less than 50 percent form what’s normal.

 

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Stevens Pass, for example, has just 26 percent of its normal snowpack, White Pass is at 20 percent, and Paradise, at Mount Rainier, should feel wealthy with a meager 33 percent of its normal snowpack. After all, Blewett Pass has zero percent of its normal snowpack — there’s just no snow.

Road crews have already begun clearing mountain passes and expect some to open historically early.

For the optimistic, there’s always hope for spring skiing, of course.

“There have been some really good Aprils that have offered up great skiing and we’ve been mobbed with skiers and riders eager to get their days in.  So we will see what happens,” said Crystal Mountain Resort owner John Kircher, in a letter to customers.