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Skiers and snowboarders should hit the slopes sooner rather than later as change is looming on the horizon.

It looks like the three-day holiday weekend will see decent conditions as high pressure will create partly cloudy skies Friday through Sunday. Then look for change with a chance of snow showers early Monday.

A gradual warming trend will occur Tuesday with the snow level rising from 4,000 to 6,000 feet, bringing mainly rain showers to most Cascade ski areas. That’s expected to be short-lived as the unsettled weather system quickly passes, with lower snow levels by Thursday.

The total snowfall this season is 207 inches at Mount Baker Ski Area; 152 inches at the Summit at Snoqualmie; 208 inches at Stevens Pass Resort; 179 inches at Crystal Mountain Resort; and 217 to 250 inches at the White Pass Ski Area.

Skiing near Stevens Pass, Sunday, Dec. 4. (Caitlin Moran / The Seattle Times)

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 North Summit and Bear Mountain Nordic trails are open and groomed, and the base area is open for snowshoeing.

The Hurricane Ridge Ski and Snowboard Area in Olympic National Park is open Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on the Monday holiday, weather conditions permitting, and has a 78-inch base.

Upcoming slope-side events:

The Burton Riglet Park event is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday at Summit West between the Pacific Crest Chair and the SnowSports School Building. The event is geared to introducing kids ages 3 to 7 to snowboarding. Participants are on a first-come, first-serve basis, and each coaching lesson lasts about 20 to 30 minutes. Details:

The free Music on the Mountain event is 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday at Crystal Mountain Resort’s Sundeck. The Ramblin’ Years Band will be starting off this season-long series. Details:

Stevens Pass Resort is hosting the free Grom Playground event 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday in Leavenworth. The playground is open for kids age 3 to 7, and allows them to try snowboarding or skiing in sessions that last about 30 minutes. Family and kids can also enjoy plenty of fun activities including dog-sled rides, ice sculpture, games and more. Details:,1163038947.

The White Pass Ski Area Kids’ Clinic this Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day offers a full day of skiing or snowboarding adventures for youth ages 5 to 12. Participants will get lunch, snacks, and a lift ticket. Cost is $95 per day or $130 for the weekend. Details:

Sunshine reflects off the hills at the Summit at Snoqualmie on Summit West. Photo courtesy of the Summit at Snoqualmie.

There are plenty of activities happening this weekend at the Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort. An Avalanche Awareness Workshop is 9 a.m. on Saturday, and the Twilight Snowshoe Trek is 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. Cost of the trek is $10, and snowshoes may be rented for $15. Then unwind and relax with the Mountain Music Series featuring Andonimus from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Hampton Lodge. The Companion Rescue Workshop is 9 a.m. on Sunday, and teaches skills to effectively operate a rescue beacon, efficiently probe the snow to determine a victim’s location and strategically move snow with your shovel to uncover a companion. Details:

In Montana, Whitefish Resort is open for the winter season with a 73-inch base. They have a 101 trails open and 10 lifts operating (night skiing offered Friday and Saturday).

Open daily in British Columbia are Cypress Mountain (120-inch base); Whistler Blackcomb Resort (72); Mount Seymour (100-127); Grouse Mountain (112-133); Whitewater Ski Resort (69-70); Mount Washington Alpine Resort (57-60); Revelstoke Mountain Resort (72-74); Hudson Bay Mountain (30-55); Big White (64); Sun Peaks (45-59); Silver Star (35-58); Kicking Horse (24-47); Fernie Alpine (36-68); Panorama Mountain (21-37); and Red Mountain Resort (56).

Open daily in Idaho are Lookout Pass (103-121); Schweitzer Mountain Resort (35-61); Tamarack Resort (37-53); Sun Valley (78-95); Brundage Mountain Resort (45-63); Bogus Basin (58-66); Silver Mountain (50-60); and Pomerelle Mountain Resort (94-103).

Open daily in Oregon are Mount Hood Meadows (93-161); Mount Bachelor (105-135); Mount Ashland (87-116); Willamette Pass (75-112); Hoodoo Ski Area (84); Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort (57); Timberline Lodge (113); and Mount Hood Ski Bowl (65-76).

Latest snow and lift reports:

Which ski areas are open and closed:




Summit West, Snoqualmie Open: 4pm-10pm Friday, and Jan. 18-20; 9am-10pm Saturday, and Jan. 21; 9am-5pm Sunday and Monday, and Jan. 22; closed Tuesday 60 inches

Summit Central, Snoqualmie Open: 9am-10pm Friday to Jan. 21; 9am-5pm Jan. 22 60 inches

Summit East, Snoqualmie Open: 9am-4pm Saturday to Monday, and Jan. 21-22; closed Tuesday to Jan. 20 60 inches

Nordic Center, Snoqualmie Open: 9am-3:30pm Friday; 9am-4pm Saturday to Monday, and Jan. 20-22; closed Tuesday to Jan. 19 60 inches

Alpental, Snoqualmie Open: 9am-10pm Friday, and Tuesday to Jan. 21; 9am-4pm Sunday and Monday, and Jan. 22 66-106 inches

Mount Baker Ski Area Open daily: 9am-3:30pm 106-157 inches

Crystal Mountain Open daily: 9am-4pm 49-63 inches

Stevens Pass Open daily: 9am-4pm; night skiing until 10 pm Friday to Monday, and Jan. 18-22 60-72 inches

White Pass Open daily: 8:45am-4pm; night skiing until 9 pm this Saturday and Sunday 71-89 inches

Mission Ridge Ski & Board Open: 9am-4pm; closed Tuesday and Wednesday; and night skiing until 8 p.m. on Saturdays only 36-43 inches

49° North Mountain Open: 9am-3:30pm Friday to Tuesday; closed Wednesday and Thursday 55-77 inches

Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Open: 9am-4pm Sunday and Monday; 9am-9:30pm Wednesday to Saturday; closed Monday and Tuesday 42-52 inches

Ski Bluewood Open: 9am-4pm Wednesday to Sunday 63-73 inches

Whistler-Blackcomb Open daily: 9am-5pm 72 inches

Mt. Bachelor Open daily: 9am-4pm 102-124 inches

Leavenworth Winter Sports Club Open: All nordic trails open daily; tubing open 3pm-8pm Wednesday and Friday, and 9:30am-5pm Saturday and Sunday; ski hill open 3pm-8pm Wednesday and Friday, 9:30am-6pm Saturday to Sunday, and 9:30am-4pm Monday
 24 inches

Methow Trails Open daily: All nordic trails open at Sun Mountain (Lower Inside Passage is closed), Rendezvous, Winthrop (Bob is closed) and Mazama 17 inches