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Skiers and snowboarders heading to the slopes in the next few days will have to contend with extremely soggy conditions that will put to test even the best rain-wicking outerwear.

Another series of wet and mild weather disturbances will cross the Pacific Northwest, and the next dry period won’t happen until Sunday.

A skier dives into the deep snow of Whistler-Blackcomb Resort. Photo courtesy of Mitch Winton with Coast Mountain Photography and Whistler-Blackcomb Resort.

A brief break on the short-term horizon is Tuesday before another even stronger system arrives that evening. The freezing level is hovering all week between 4,000 and 8,500 feet.

Three higher-elevation ski resorts where snow will likely fall instead of rain by late Wednesday and Thursday include Mount Baker Ski Area, where they’re expecting about 9 to 15 inches of snow; Stevens Pass, which could see 6 to 12 inches; and Crystal Mountain, with a possible 4 to 7 inches.


On a positive note, all ski area snow-base levels remain strong from this winter’s heavy snowfall, which should provide excellent spring skiing once this wet weather comes to an end.

The Northwest Avalanche Center website still listed avalanche danger as “high” near and above the tree-line, and “considerable” below the tree-line.

When traveling in the backcountry it is important 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 or http://www.nwac.us/avalanche-forecast/current/.

This warning doesn’t apply to ski areas where avalanche prevention operations are maintained, but getting there could be a problem due to temporary road closures.

The Mt. Rainier Gondola at Crystal Mountain Resort shuttles passengers to the upper hillsides. Photo courtesy of Crystal Mountain Resort.

Before traveling to the slopes be sure to check the Washington Department of Transportation website at http://wsdot.wa.gov for possible road closures.

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 44-inch 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 a 126-inch base (4 inches new snow), and has 101 trails and 10 lifts open with night skiing offered Friday and Saturday. Big Sky Resort is open daily with a 54- to 81-inch base.

Open daily in British Columbia are Cypress (165-inch base); Whistler-Blackcomb (121); Mount Seymour (133-182); Grouse (137-171); Whitewater (122-124); Mount Washington (77-100); Revelstoke (108); Hudson Bay (42-63); Big White (94); Sun Peaks (77-90); Silver Star (66-94); Kicking Horse (43-86); Fernie (61-122); Panorama (35-58); and Red (28-96).

Open daily in Idaho are Lookout Pass (124-141); Schweitzer (74-119); Tamarack (49-110); Sun Valley (61-123); Brundage Mountain (71-108); Bogus Basin (88-94); Silver (82-94); and Pomerelle (149-163).

Open daily in Oregon are Mount Hood Meadows (131-199); Mount Bachelor (124-163); Mount Ashland (108-175); Willamette Pass (75-112, closed on Monday); Hoodoo (111); Timberline (176); and Mount Hood Ski Bowl (79-87).

Latest snow and lift reports:

Which ski areas are open and closed:


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Summit West, Snoqualmie Open: Closed Monday to Friday, and March 20-26; 9am-5pm Saturday and Sunday (no new snow) 90 inches

Summit Central, Snoqualmie Open: 9am-10pm Monday to Saturday, March 22-25; 9am-5pm Sunday, and March 20-21 and March 26 (no new snow) 90 inches

Summit East, Snoqualmie Open: Closed Monday to Friday, and March 20-24; 9am-4pm Saturday and Sunday, and March 25-26 (no new snow) 90 inches

Nordic Center, Snoqualmie Open: Closed Monday to Friday, and March 20-24; 9am-4pm Saturday and Sunday, and March 25-26 (no new snow) 90 inches

Alpental, Snoqualmie Open: Closed Monday, and March 20; 9am-4pm Tuesday and Wednesday, Friday to Sunday, and March 21-26; 9am-10pm Thursday (no new snow) 112-184 inches

Mount Baker Ski Area Open daily: 9am-3:30pm (2 to 3 inches new snow) 167-227 inches

Crystal Mountain Open daily: 9am-4pm (no new snow) 79-105 inches

Stevens Pass Open: 9am-4pm Monday to Thursday, and March 20-26; 9am-6pm Sunday; night skiing until 10 pm Friday and Saturday; cross-country trails are open Thursday to Sunday (no new snow) 104-125 inches

White Pass Open daily: 8:45am-4pm (no new snow) 97-121 inches

Mission Ridge Ski & Board Open: Closed Monday to Wednesday, and March 20-22; 9am-4pm Thursday to Sunday, and March 23-26 (1 inch new snow) 54-67 inches

49° North Mountain Open: 9am-4pm Monday and Tuesday, Friday to March 21, and March 24-26; closed Wednesday and Thursday, and March 22-23 (no new snow) 113-186 inches

Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Open: Closed Monday and Tuesday, and March 20-21; 9am-4pm Wednesday to Sunday, and March 22-26 (no new snow) 69-96 inches

Ski Bluewood Open: Closed Monday to Wednesday; 9am-4pm Thursday to Sunday (no new snow) 86-102 inches

Whistler-Blackcomb Open daily: 9am-5pm (4 inches new snow) 121 inches

Mt. Bachelor Open daily: 9am-4pm (no new snow) 124-163 inches

Leavenworth Winter Sports Club Open: 8K at Icicle River trail is open, others were closed; ski hill open Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday (no new snow)
 24 inches

Methow Trails Open daily: All nordic trails open at Sun Mountain, Rendezvous, Winthrop and Mazama (no new snow) 29 inches