A series of storms pounded the Cascades this past weekend, and skiers and snowboarders were waist deep in light powder.

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A series of storms pounded the Cascades this past weekend, and skiers and snowboarders were waist deep in light powder with some ski resorts reporting 4 feet or more of snow.

Now the good and bad news is all the build-up of snow has made access dicey on roadways from Seattle to the ski slopes. On positive side, the state Department of Transportation reported Interstate 90 has reopened in both directions. Chains are required on all vehicles except AWD and 4WD. But, tree cleanup work has closed the road to Mount Baker still closed.

Summit Central at the Summit Snoqualmie is open Monday for limited operations and will be open for night skiing at 4 p.m. The Mount Baker Ski Area will be closed Monday. Mount Rainier National Park was also closed on Monday. For more information, go to http://www.wsdot.com/traffic/trafficalerts/default.aspx.

The state Department of Transportation has seen 54 inches of snow fall on SnoqualmiePass in past three days, including 20 inches in past 24 hours.

An upper-level low pressure has stalled off the coast, and will continue to bring light to moderate snow showers early Monday with a flurry of more intense periods Monday afternoon and night.

The cold air mass that drifted south from British Columbia will keep snow levels near sea level up to 1,500 feet with little change expected through Tuesday.

Another weather system Wednesday through Thursday could bring additional moderate to heavy snowfall, and then mostly sunny skies by Friday.

Expected snowfall amounts Monday through Thursday are 20 to 34 inches at Mount Baker; 31 to 51 inches at Stevens Pass; 10 to 20 inches at Alpental at the Summit at Snoqualmie; 20 to 36 inches at Crystal Mountain; and 11 to 23 inches at White Pass.

The total snowfall this season is 397 inches at Mount Baker Ski Area (record was 1,140 inches in the 1998-99 season, and runner-up was 857 inches in 2010-11); 203 inches at the Summit at Snoqualmie; 265 inches at Stevens Pass Resort; 246 inches at Crystal Mountain Resort; 266 to 299 inches at White Pass Ski Area; and 279 inches at Whistler Blackcomb Resort in British Columbia.

With these snow storms, many will venture to the backcountry in search of untouched powder that brings the potential of avalanches and other hazards.

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.

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 38-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 86-inch base (11 to 14 inches new snow), and has 101 trails open and 10 lifts operating (night skiing offered Friday and Saturday). Big Sky Resort is open daily with a 42-inch base and 63-inch base on the upper summit (trace of new snow). Both areas are expecting more snow to fall this week.

Open daily in British Columbia are Cypress (122-inch base); Whistler Blackcomb (99); Mount Seymour (103-132); Grouse (91-118); Whitewater (81-83); Mount Washington (65-77); Revelstoke (63-79); Hudson Bay Mountain (43-67); Big White (67); Sun Peaks (53-65); Silver Star (42-65); Kicking Horse (31-63); Fernie Alpine (36-83); Panorama Mountain (41-59); and Red Mountain Resort (74).

Open daily in Idaho are Lookout Pass (106-122); Schweitzer Mountain (54-79); Tamarack (45-65); Sun Valley (96-128); Brundage Mountain (59-75); Bogus Basin (72-78); Silver Mountain (60-70); and Pomerelle (110-124).

Open daily in Oregon are Mount Hood Meadows (102-163); Mount Bachelor (106-135); Mount Ashland (95-128); Willamette Pass (75-112); Hoodoo Ski Area (79); Timberline (116); and Mount Hood Ski Bowl (59-69).


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Which ski areas are open and closed:




Summit West, Snoqualmie Open: 4pm-10pm Wednesday to Friday, and Feb. 15-17; 9am-10pm Saturday, and Feb. 18; 9am-5pm Sunday, and Feb. 19; closed Monday and Tuesday, and Feb. 13-14 (5 to 18 inches new snow) 96 inches

Summit Central, Snoqualmie Open: 9am-10pm Monday to Saturday, and Feb. 13-18; 9am-5pm Sunday, and Feb. 19 (5 to 18 inches new snow) 96 inches

Summit East, Snoqualmie Open: 9am-4pm Saturday and Sunday, and Feb. 18-19; closed Monday to Friday, and Feb. 13-17 (5 to 18 inches new snow) 96 inches

Nordic Center, Snoqualmie Open: 9am-4pm Friday to Sunday, and Feb. 17-19; closed Monday to Thursday, and Feb. 13-16 (5 to 18 inches new snow) 96 inches

Alpental, Snoqualmie Open: 9am-10pm Tuesday to Saturday, and Feb. 14-18; 9am-4pm Sunday, and Feb. 19; closed Monday and Feb. 13 (5 to 18 inches new snow) 107-129 inches

Mount Baker Ski Area Open daily: 9am-3:30pm (4 to 9 inches new snow) 137-197 inches

Crystal Mountain Open daily: 9am-4pm (12 to 19 inches new snow) 56-80 inches

Stevens Pass Open daily: 9am-4pm; night skiing until 10 pm Wednesday to Sunday, and Feb. 15-20 (9 to 12 inches new snow) 81-101 inches

White Pass Open daily: 8:45am-4pm (18 to 23 inches new snow) 90-104 inches

Mission Ridge Ski & Board Open: 9am-4pm; closed Tuesday and Wednesday; and night skiing until 8 p.m. on Saturdays only (9 to 11 inches new snow) 42-45 inches

49° North Mountain Open: 9am-3:30pm Friday to Tuesday; closed Wednesday and Thursday (10 to 15 inches new snow) 81-119 inches

Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Open: 9am-4pm Sunday and Monday; 9am-9:30pm Wednesday to Saturday; closed Monday and Tuesday (9 inches new snow) 54-69 inches

Ski Bluewood Open: 9am-4pm Wednesday to Sunday (3 to 6 inches new snow) 57-73 inches

Whistler-Blackcomb Open daily: 9am-5pm (1 inch new snow) 99 inches

Mt. Bachelor Open daily: 9am-4pm (5 inches new snow) 106-135 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)
 31 inches

Methow Trails Open daily: All nordic trails open at Sun Mountain, Rendezvous, Winthrop (Bob is closed) and Mazama (4 to 6 inches new snow) 32 inches