Highways reopening after icy rains create winter hazards.

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The wild weather and road closures are clearly moving into the rear-view mirror, and skiers and snowboarders can look forward to much better conditions in the days ahead.

Places such as the Summit at Snoqualmie were closed Thursday, but the state Department of Transportation was working diligently on getting Interstate 90 – the state’s major east- and westbound highway – reopened as soon as possible.

Though eastbound I-90 is expected to reopen Thursday afternoon, skiing at Snoqualmie Pass won’t resume tonight.

“It is a lot of work shoveling snow off lifts, grooming and getting workers back up to the area after being closed for 48 hours so we will concentrate on reopening (Friday),” said Guy Lawrence, marketing director at the Summit at Snoqualmie.

The “atmospheric river” has faded away, and another colder weather system will bring additional snow Thursday through Monday with snow levels dropping from 3,500 to as low as 1,000 feet. After that it looks like mostly cloudy to partly sunny skies for Tuesday and Wednesday.

Just to get an idea of how much rainfall occurred in recent days the Northwest Avalanche Center reported places like Mount Baker had 7.6 inches of wet precipitation, Crystal Mountain about 5 inches and just as much at Paradise where the rain gauge was on the fritz. Elsewhere water equivalents ranged between 1 to 2 inches.

Ski area in British Columbia such as Whistler Blackcomb Resort avoided the wetness, and in fact got 9 inches of fresh powder overnight and a whopping 30 inches in the past two days.

The expected snowfall through Sunday is 6 to 12 inches at Mount Baker; 4 to 9 at Stevens Pass; 4 to 6 at Alpental at the Summit at Snoqualmie; 5 to 13 at Crystal Mountain; and 5 to 9 at White Pass.

The total snowfall this season is 207 inches at Mount Baker Ski Area; 162 inches at the Summit at Snoqualmie; 216 inches at Stevens Pass Resort; 182 inches at Crystal Mountain Resort; and 217 to 250 inches at the White Pass Ski Area.

Despite the temporary setback all resorts have indicated this has been a stellar winter.

“It’s a very good season so far with a good consistency of snow coverage and cold temperatures, which is really unusual,” Lawrence said. “That’s held up the quality of snow conditions, which translates into great business and a considerably higher turnout. It is totally awesome and people are enjoying what we have to offer this winter.”

Cross-country ski trail conditions remain excellent at Lake Wenatchee State Park, Echo Ridge Nordic Ski Area, Methow Valley, Leavenworth Winter Sports Club, White Pass, Stevens Pass and Cabin Creek located just east of Snoqualmie off I-90.

For non-skiers, inner-tubing or sledding and snowshoeing are accessible at the Paradise snow-play area at Mount Rainier National Park; Summit at Snoqualmie tubing center; Lake Wenatchee State Park; Leavenworth Winter Sports Club; Hurricane Ridge; Stevens Pass; Lower Gold Creek Basin; Lake Wenatchee State Park; Mount Spokane; Suncadia Tubing Hill near Cle Elum; Echo Valley; and the many Washington Sno-Parks like Hyak, Oldham Pass and Lake Wenatchee.

For ranger-guided guided snowshoe walks make plans to head to Mount Rainier National Park, Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and Hurricane Ridge. Snowshoe rentals are available at the Summit at Snoqualmie and Stevens Pass Resort.

An avalanche warning was still in effect through Wednesday in the northern Cascades and Olympic Peninsula as a strong southwest wind will create unstable snow slabs on lee-side slopes at higher elevations.

When avalanche warnings are high be sure while traveling in the backcountry to ski or ride with a partner(s), and stay in visual contact with each other; let others know of your travel plans; avoid tree wells and keep a safe distance from trees; stay on groomed runs; and avoid unmarked areas in off boundary areas of ski resorts. For more information, go to www.deepsnowsafety.org.

The Loup Loup Ski Bowl – located between Twisp and Okanogan on Highway 20 – is open daily from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Hurricane Ridge Ski and Snowboard Area in Olympic National Park is open Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weather conditions permitting.

In Montana, Whitefish Resort is open for the winter season with a 74-inch base and 2 to 4 inches new snow. They have a 101 trails open and 10 lifts operating (night skiing offered Friday and Saturday).

Open daily in British Columbia are Cypress Mountain (113-inch base); Whistler Blackcomb Resort (94); Mount Seymour (90-128); Grouse Mountain (91-126); Whitewater Ski Resort (75-76); Mount Washington Alpine Resort (53-68); Revelstoke Mountain Resort (74-76); Hudson Bay Mountain (30-55); Big White (65); Sun Peaks (48-59); Silver Star (37-60); Kicking Horse (29-60); Fernie Alpine (36-69); Panorama Mountain (26-42); and Red Mountain Resort (61).

Open daily in Idaho are Lookout Pass (103-121); Schweitzer Mountain Resort (39-62); Tamarack Resort (45-54); Sun Valley (83-102); Brundage Mountain Resort (48-66); Bogus Basin (65-71); Silver Mountain (50-60); and Pomerelle Mountain Resort (95-106).

Open daily in Oregon are Mount Hood Meadows (81-147); Mount Bachelor (101-119); Mount Ashland (91-113); Willamette Pass (75-112); Hoodoo Ski Area (69); Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort (56); Timberline Lodge (108); and Mount Hood Ski Bowl (51-63).

Latest snow and lift reports:

Which ski areas are open and closed:




Summit West, Snoqualmie Closed, check website on when it will reopen: 4pm-10pm Friday, and Jan. 25-27; 9am-10pm Saturday, and Jan. 28; 9am-5pm Sunday, and Jan. 29; closed Monday and Tuesday (3 to 8 inches new snow) 64 inches

Summit Central, Snoqualmie Closed, check website on when it will reopen: 9am-10pm Friday to Saturday, and Monday to Jan. 28; 9am-5pm Sunday and Jan. 29 (3 to 8 inches new snow) 64 inches

Summit East, Snoqualmie Closed, check website on when it will reopen: 9am-4pm Saturday and Sunday, and Jan. 28-29; closed Monday to Jan. 27 (3 to 8 inches new snow) 64 inches

Nordic Center, Snoqualmie Closed, check website on when it will reopen: 9am-4pm Friday to Sunday, and Jan. 28-29; 9am-3:30pm Jan. 27; closed Monday to Jan. 26 (3 to 8 inches new snow) 64 inches

Alpental, Snoqualmie Closed, check website on when it will reopen: 9am-10pm Friday and Saturday, and Tuesday to Jan. 8; 9am-4pm Sunday and Jan. 29; closed Monday (3 to 8 inches new snow) 68-106 inches

Mount Baker Ski Area Open daily: 9am-3:30pm (5 to 8 inches new snow) 100-156 inches

Crystal Mountain Open daily: 9am-4pm (1 to 5 inches new snow) 41-59 inches

Stevens Pass Open daily: 9am-4pm; night skiing until 10 pm Thursday to Sunday, and Wednesday to Jan. 29 (2 to 8 inches new snow) 62-77 inches

White Pass Open daily: 8:45am-4pm; night skiing until 9 pm this Saturday (1 inch new snow) 56-71 inches

Mission Ridge Ski & Board Open: 9am-4pm; closed Tuesday and Wednesday; and night skiing until 8 p.m. on Saturdays only (2 to 6 inches new snow) 34-38 inches

49° North Mountain Open: 9am-3:30pm Friday to Tuesday; closed Wednesday and Thursday (2 to 7 inches new snow) 57-80 inches

Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Open: 9am-4pm Sunday and Monday; 9am-9:30pm Wednesday to Saturday; closed Monday and Tuesday (4 to 8 inches new snow) 47-56 inches

Ski Bluewood Open: 9am-4pm Wednesday to Sunday (3 inches new snow) 58-68 inches

Whistler-Blackcomb Open daily: 9am-5pm (9 to 30 inches new snow) 94 inches

Mt. Bachelor Open daily: 9am-4pm (3 to 9 inches new snow) 101-119 inches

Leavenworth Winter Sports Club Open: All nordic trails open daily; tubing open 3pm-7pm Wednesday and Friday, and 9:30am-5pm Saturday and Sunday; ski hill open 3pm-8pm Wednesday and Friday, 9:30am-5pm Saturday to Sunday (6 inches new snow)
 32 inches

Methow Trails Open daily: Most nordic trails open at Sun Mountain, Rendezvous, Winthrop and Mazama (4 inches new snow) 24 inches