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Skier and riders looking for prime snow conditions should go now or wait until later in the week.

Sunshine and spring-like conditions are expected through Tuesday, then rain or rain mixed with snow will arrive midweek before changing back to mostly snow by Friday.

A large upper ridge and dry air mass is situated over the state, but will begin to break down as low pressure pushes over the Cascades late Tuesday. The freezing level is way up between 8,000 and 10,000 feet from Monday through early Thursday before finally settling back down to about 2,500 feet on Friday.

This shot of the powdery hills at Whistler-Blackcomb Resort will greet skiers and riders this weekend. Excellent conditions are expected at all Northwest ski areas. Photo by Mich Winton at Coast Mountain Photography.

In the meantime enjoy the sun and catch up on getting a good dose of Vitamin D, but don’t forget to pack along a pair of sunglasses and sunscreen for protection from the UV rays.

Base coverage at all Pacific Northwest ski resorts are solid. Some areas received anywhere from two to five feet of powder in between and shortly after the stormy wet weather last week to cover up any crusty snow conditions.

The Loup Loup Ski Bowl – located between Twisp and Okanogan on Highway 20 – is open Wednesday, and Friday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. with a 51-inhc base. 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 daily with an 89-inch base, and has 101 trails and 10 lifts open with night skiing offered Friday and Saturday. Big Sky Resort is open daily with a 49-inch base and 74-inch base on the upper summit.

Cascade Backcountry Ski Patroller Christopher Stoll leads the way through deep snow on a December ski tour at Snoqualmie Pass.  

Open daily in British Columbia are Cypress (134-inch base); Whistler-Blackcomb (102); Mount Seymour (102-139); Grouse (102-124); Whitewater (100-101); Mount Washington (73-94); Revelstoke (71-83); Hudson Bay (43-67); Big White (73); Sun Peaks (56-70); Silver Star (45-70); Kicking Horse (41-72); Fernie (43-87); Panorama (38-57); and Red (75).

Open daily in Idaho are Lookout Pass (114-131); Schweitzer (59-88); Tamarack (38-64); Sun Valley (91-150); Brundage Mountain (53-74); Bogus Basin (70-76, closed on Monday); Silver (60-70); and Pomerelle (112-125).

Open daily in Oregon are Mount Hood Meadows (101-168); Mount Bachelor (103-129); Mount Ashland (91-137); Willamette Pass (75-112, closed on Monday); Hoodoo (89); Timberline (126); and Mount Hood Ski Bowl (59-69).

Most cross-country trails had firm snow conditions early on with softer snow later in the afternoons at Lake Wenatchee State Park (sled hill was also open); Scottish Lakes High Camp; Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park; Mazama; Echo Ridge; Methow Valley; Leavenworth Winter Sports Club; White Pass; Stevens Pass; and Cabin Creek, east of Snoqualmie off I-90.

Latest snow and lift reports:

Which ski areas are open and closed:


Resort

Hours

Base


Summit West, Snoqualmie Open: Closed Monday and Tuesday, and Feb. 21; 4pm-10pm Wednesday to Friday, and Feb. 22-24; 9am-10pm Saturday, and Feb. 25; 9am-5pm Sunday and Feb. 20, and Feb. 26 88 inches

Summit Central, Snoqualmie Open: 9am-10pm Monday to Feb. 25; 9am-5pm Feb. 26 88 inches

Summit East, Snoqualmie Open: Closed Monday to Friday, and Feb. 21-24; 9am-4pm Saturday to Monday, and Feb. 25-26 88 inches

Nordic Center, Snoqualmie Open: Closed Monday to Thursday, and Feb. 21-24; 9am-4pm Friday to Feb. 21, and Feb. 25-26 88 inches

Alpental, Snoqualmie Open: Closed Monday; 9am-10pm Tuesday to Saturday, and Feb. 20-25; 9am-4pm Sunday and Feb. 26 99-138 inches

Mount Baker Ski Area Open daily: 9am-3:30pm 135-200 inches

Crystal Mountain Open daily: 9am-4pm 67-83 inches

Stevens Pass Open daily: 9am-4pm; night skiing until 10 pm Wednesday to Feb. 20, and Feb. 22-26 89-98 inches

White Pass Open daily: 8:45am-4pm; night skiing until 9pm this Saturday and Sunday 79-94 inches

Mission Ridge Ski & Board Open: 9am-4pm Monday and Feb. 16-27; closed Tuesday and Wednesday; and night skiing until 8 p.m. on Saturdays only 51-52 inches

49° North Mountain Open: 9am-4pm Monday and Tuesday, and Feb. 17-21 and Feb. 24-28; closed Wednesday and Thursday, and Feb. 22-23 89-137 inches

Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Open: Closed Monday and Tuesday, and Feb. 21; 9am-9:30pm Wednesday to Saturday, and FEb. 22-25; 9am-4pm Sunday and Feb. 20 and Feb. 26 56-72 inches

Ski Bluewood Open: 9am-4pm Wednesday to Sunday 58-74 inches

Whistler-Blackcomb Open daily: 9am-5pm 102 inches

Mt. Bachelor Open daily: 9am-4pm 103-129 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 open 3pm-8pm Wednesday and Friday; 9:30am-5pm Saturday and Sunday; 10 am-4pm Feb. 20-24
 36 inches

Methow Trails Open daily: All nordic trails open at Sun Mountain, Rendezvous, Winthrop (Bob is closed) and Mazama 35 inches