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Skiers and snowboarders heading to the hillsides will see a mixed bag of weather throughout the week, which could be dominated by mushy snow and puddle-laden trails.

A brief upper ridge has positioned itself over the state Monday providing sunbreaks and a rise in the freezing level — 1,000 to as high as 8,000 feet. Then a strong southwest flow will arrive late Tuesday and into Wednesday through Friday bringing stormy, wet weather laced with “Cascade Concrete” a term used to describe really, heavy wet snow.

Be sure to add the right wax mixture to your boards for optimum cruising and less friction during this unpredictable weather period.

Forecasters say change will arrive late Friday and into the weekend when the freezing level starts to drop (1,500 to 4,500 feet), and temperatures dip with off and on snow showers.

A snow-covered lift at the Mount Baker Ski Area. (Photo courtesy of Mount Baker Ski Area)
A snow-covered lift at the Mount Baker Ski Area. (Photo courtesy of Mount Baker Ski Area)

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The season snowfall totals through Monday are: Summit at Snoqualmie, 251 inches; Mount Baker, 288; Crystal Mountain, 312; Stevens Pass, 254; White Pass, 214-245; Mount Bachelor, 316.5-326; and Whistler-Blackcomb, 247.

Midweek cross-country gliders can find trail options at Methow Trails; Stevens Pass; Cabin Creek Area off I-90; Leavenworth Winter Sports Club; and Lake Wenatchee State Park. Trails at The Summit at Snoqualmie reopen Friday, and White Pass reopens Thursday.

At Mount Rainier National Park the gate to Paradise at Longmire is open, but all vehicles were required to carry chains. The snow-play sliding hill at Paradise is generally open depending on daily weather conditions. Ranger-guided 1.8-mile snowshoe walks are available Saturdays, Sundays and holidays through March 27 at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. outside of the Jackson Visitor Center. Be sure to check the website for road conditions and restrictions before heading up. Through Monday, Paradise was covered with 124 inches of snow. For updates, go to

The snow-play hill at Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park. Photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times.
The snow-play hill at Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park. Photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times.

In Oregon, Mount Bachelor, 107-124 inch base; Timberline, 107; Hoodoo, 59; Mount Hood Meadows, 100-166; Willamette Pass, 72-118; Mount Ashland, 86-114; and Mount Hood Ski Bowl, 50-56. Reopening this weekend are Anthony Lakes, 57; and Cooper Spur, 35.

In Idaho, Sun Valley, 68-91; Brundage, 69-90; Tamarack, 53-75; Schweitzer, 60-93; Lookout Pass, 64-97; Bogus Basin, 59-66; Silver Mountain, 54-62; Kelly Canyon, 33-58; and Pebble Creek, 27-54.

In Montana, Whitefish Mountain Resort is open daily, and has 83-inch base, and 186 inches so far this season. A total of 105 trails and 10 lifts were operating.

In British Columbia, Whistler-Blackcomb, 79; Cypress, 122; Mount Washington, 73-106; Whitewater, 93-94; Manning Park, 67-81; Big White, 92; Revelstoke, 28-83; Fernie, 45-98; Mount Seymour, 55-110; Red Mountain, 87; Grouse Mountain, 63-122; Kicking Horse, 31-60; Apex, 71; Silver Star, 53-72; Sun Peaks, 57-63; Panorama, 28-48; and Kimberley, 51.

Latest snow and lift reports:

Which ski areas are open and closed:




Summit West, Snoqualmie Open: Wed-Fri: 4-10pm; Sat: 9am-10pm; Sun: 9am-5pm; closed Mon-Tue and Feb. 1-2 91 inches

Summit Central, Snoqualmie Open: Mon-Sat and Feb. 1-6: 9am-10pm; Sun: 9am-5pm 91 inches

Summit East, Snoqualmie Open: Sat-Sun: 9am-4pm; closed Mon-Fri 91 inches

Nordic Center, Snoqualmie Open: Fri-Sun: 9am-3:30pm; closed Mon-Thu and Feb. 1-4. Tubing center open Fri-Sat: 9am-9pm; Sun: 9am-5pm; closed Mon-Thu 91 inches

Alpental, Snoqualmie Open: Tue-Sat: 9am-10pm; Sun: 9am-5pm; closed Mon and Feb. 1 106-145 inches

Mount Baker Ski Area Open daily: 9am-3:30pm 115-160 inches

Crystal Mountain Open daily: 9am-4pm 64-90 inches

Stevens Pass Open: Fri-Sat and Jan. 27-29: 9am-10pm; Sun: 9am-6pm; Mon-Tue: 9am-4pm 71-96 inches

White Pass Open daily: 8:45am-4pm; night skiing Sat until 9pm.; nordic center is open Thu-Sun 71-94 inches

Mission Ridge Ski & Board Open: Mon and Thu-Fri: 9am-4pm; closed Tue-Wed; night skiing Sat until 8pm 57-64 inches

49° North Mountain Open: Mon-Tue and Fri-Sun: 9am-3:30pm; closed Wed-Thu 81-131 inches

Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Open: Wed-Sat: 9am-9:30pm; Sun: 9am-4pm; closed Mon-Tue 67-85 inches

Ski Bluewood Open: Wed-Sun: 9am-4pm; closed Mon-Tue 77-92 inches

Whistler-Blackcomb Open daily: 8:30am-3pm 79 inches

Mt. Bachelor Open daily: 9am-4pm 107-127 inches

Leavenworth Winter Sports Club Open: Icicle River, Golf Course and Ski Hill nordic trails open; ski hill/tubing open Wed and Fri: 3-8 pm; Sat-Sun: 9:30am-5pm 39 inches

Methow Trails Open daily: 22 trails groomed Jan. 24-25 at Mazama; 19 at Rendezvous; 18 at Sun Mountain; and 12 at Winthrop 38 inches