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The first day of spring is a little more than three weeks away, but there’s no stopping the winter weather with plenty of snow expected in the Cascades this week.

A cool and wet northwest flow aloft will push two disturbances over the state through Tuesday, and the extended weather scenario shows moderate to heavy snowfall from Thursday through Sunday. The freezing level remains low anywhere from the surface up to 2,000 feet.

The storms this past weekend generated anywhere from 8 to 12 inches of nice, fluffy snow, and powder-hounds will rejoice as the six-day forecast shows even more will solidify ski area base totals.

Expected snowfall totals this week are: 11 to 22 inches at Mount Baker Ski Area; 11 to 25 at Stevens Pass Resort; 15 to 30 at Alpental at The Summit at Snoqualmie; 8 to 18 at Crystal Mountain Resort; and 10 to 22 at White Pass Ski Area.

Photo courtesy of Mount Baker Ski Area.

The total snowfall this season is 397 inches at Mount Baker Ski Area (record was 1,140 inches in the 1998-99 season, and average is 659 inches); 262 inches at the Summit at Snoqualmie; 303 inches at Stevens Pass Resort; 298 inches at Crystal Mountain Resort; 313 to 347 inches at White Pass Ski Area; and 316 inches at Whistler Blackcomb Resort in British Columbia.

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 42-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.

Most cross-country trails were groomed at Lake Wenatchee State Park; Scottish Lakes High Camp; Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park; Mazama; Echo Ridge; Methow Trails; Leavenworth Winter Sports Club; White Pass; Stevens Pass; and Cabin Creek, east of Snoqualmie off I-90.

In Montana, Whitefish Resort is open daily with a 115-inch base (3 to 15 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 53 to 79-inch base, and received 1 to 2 inches new snow.

Open daily in British Columbia are Cypress (133-inch base); Whistler-Blackcomb (98); Mount Seymour (99-136); Grouse (98-126); Whitewater (109-110); Mount Washington (71-92); Revelstoke (89); Hudson Bay (42-63); Big White (83); Sun Peaks (57-72); Silver Star (50-76); Kicking Horse (34-72); Fernie (47-105); Panorama (33-56); and Red (28-96).

Sean Mullany, left, and Paul Draghicescu set off at Stevens Pass Resort.

Open daily in Idaho are Lookout Pass (98-106); Schweitzer (68-107); Tamarack (54-98); Sun Valley (61-123); Brundage Mountain (70-95); Bogus Basin (81-86); Silver (68-77); and Pomerelle (138-149).

Open daily in Oregon are Mount Hood Meadows (108-180); Mount Bachelor (120-157); Mount Ashland (120-185); Willamette Pass (75-112, closed on Monday); Hoodoo (97); Timberline (140); and Mount Hood Ski Bowl (67-78).

Latest snow and lift reports:

Which ski areas are open and closed:




Summit West, Snoqualmie Open: Closed Monday and Tuesday, and March 6-10; 4pm-10pm Wednesday to Friday; 9am-5pm Saturday and Sunday, and March 11-12 (1-inch new snow) 84 inches

Summit Central, Snoqualmie Open: 9am-10pm Monday to Saturday, and March 6-11; 9am-5pm Sunday, and March 12 (1-inch new snow) 84 inches

Summit East, Snoqualmie Open: Closed Monday to Friday, and March 6-10; 9am-4pm Saturday to Sunday, and March 11-12 (1-inch new snow) 84 inches

Nordic Center, Snoqualmie Open: Closed Monday to Thursday, and March 6-10; 9am-4pm Friday to Sunday, and March 11-12 (1-inch new snow) 84 inches

Alpental, Snoqualmie Open: Closed Monday, and March 6; 9am-10pm Tuesday to Saturday, and March 7-10; 9am-4pm Sunday, and March 11-12 (1-inch new snow) 100-147 inches

Mount Baker Ski Area Open daily: 9am-3:30pm (no new snow) 128-169 inches

Crystal Mountain Open daily: 9am-4pm (4 inches new snow) 70-87 inches

Stevens Pass Open daily: 9am-4pm; night skiing until 10 pm Friday to Sunday, and March 10-11; cross-country trails are closed Monday to Wednesday, and open Thursday to Sunday (2 to 4 inches new snow) 85-98 inches

White Pass Open daily: 8:45am-4pm; night skiing until 9pm this Saturday only (4 to 6 inches new snow) 84-102 inches

Mission Ridge Ski & Board Open: 9am-4pm Monday, and Thursday to Sunday and March 9-12; closed Tuesday, and March 6-8 (3 inches new snow) 48-50 inches

49° North Mountain Open: 9am-4pm Monday and Tuesday, and Friday to Sunday and March 10-12; closed Wednesday and Thursday, and March 8-9 (4 to 9 inches new snow) 100-164 inches

Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Open: Closed Monday and Tuesday; 9am-9:30pm Friday to Saturday; 9am-4pm Sunday (4 inches new snow) 62-83 inches

Ski Bluewood Open: Closed Monday and Tuesday; 9am-4pm Wednesday to Sunday (6 inches new snow) 68-89 inches

Whistler-Blackcomb Open daily: 9am-5pm (no new snow) 98 inches

Mt. Bachelor Open daily: 9am-4pm (3 to 9 inches new snow) 120-157 inches

Leavenworth Winter Sports Club Open: Nordic trails open daily, except golf course was closed Monday; ski hill open Wednesday and Friday, and Saturday and Sunday (trace new snow)
 28 inches

Methow Trails Open daily: All nordic trails open at Sun Mountain, Rendezvous, Winthrop and Mazama (2 inches new snow) 30 inches