Washington ski areas reported they were 4 percent above last year’s skier visits, through March
The ski and snowboard season is winding down, and it has definitely been one for the memory books.
“It was a very good year for snowfall totals, and most places ended up above average, which translated to a great season,” said John Gifford, president of the Northwest Ski Areas Association. “It won’t be a record season by any means, but much better than the last few years.”
Through March, all Washington ski areas reported they were 4 percent above last year’s skier visits.
“We had a blip in the weather in March, but that surely didn’t dampen the enthusiasm for getting out on the hills,” Gifford said. “Prior to that there was no weather issues.”
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Places like Alpental at The Summit and Snoqualmie, Stevens Pass Resort, Crystal Mountain Resort, Mount Bachelor Resort in Oregon and Whistler-Blackcomb Resort in British Columbia actually received some new snow this week.
Those heading to the slopes will still find mostly spring-like conditions peppered with a mixed bag of rain showers, sunny to mostly cloudy skies and even an occasional snowfall. The freezing level will bounce between 4,500 to 7,500 feet.
Open daily in British Columbia: Whistler-Blackcomb Resort (146-inch base); in Idaho: Silver (74-78, open on weekends only); and in Oregon: Mount Hood Meadows (125-221), Mount Bachelor (128-176), Willamette Pass (75-112, open weekends only), Hoodoo (93-98, open weekends only), and Timberline (182).
Source: Ski resorts and www.skiwashington.com