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Skiers and snowboarders are rejuvenating themselves for what should be a wintery weekend filled with powdery fun.

The heavy rain that made a quagmire of the hillsides will quickly be covered with plenty of snowfall as a winter-storm warning is posted for the southern Cascades, and a winter-storm watch to the north. Every ski area lost a considerable amount of snow base coverage in past five days, but have no fear since all remain well above normal season levels.

A cold and wet westerly front is moving across the state, and will leave anywhere from six to two-plus feet of snow through Saturday. The freezing level is expected to drop to 1,500 feet, and stay that way until early next week. Snow will taper off by Sunday, with intermittent snow showers from Monday to Tuesday.

Expected snowfall totals through Monday:

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Summit at Snoqualmie, 9-17 inches of new snow (251 inches for the season).

Mount Baker, 14-25 inches new (288).

Crystal Mountain, 9-17 inches new (317).

Stevens Pass, 13-25 inches new (258).

White Pass, 13-22 inches new (214-245).

A lone skier carves up the hill above Stevens Pass. (Caitlin Moran / The Seattle Times)
A lone skier carves up the hill above Stevens Pass. (Caitlin Moran / The Seattle Times)

The copious amount of predicted snow could spell trouble for travel through the mountain passes. Be sure to take along tire chains and keep emergency supplies in the trunk.

There also is a potential for avalanches so plan to stay in-bounds. Also be sure to buddy-up when cruising down tree-lined hillsides and avoid falling in tree-well pockets. These are depressions where loose snow and air form around the base of a tree, a suffocation hazard for skiers who fall in.

The top cross-country ski location this week is Lake Wenatchee State Park, where the trails are holding up just fine despite the recent deluge.

More snow coverage in the days ahead should make for good gliding at South Park and Kahler Glen 12K groomed (open loops were groomed at Kahler Glen Golf Course); North Park 5.3K; and Chiwawa 8K trail through the forest and along the scenic Wenatchee River. The Nason Ridge back-country 20K offers panoramic views of Lake Wenatchee and the surrounding Cascade mountain range. Reminder: Visitors must have a season Sno-Park pass with groomed trail sticker is $80 or $20 for daily pass plus a required Discover Pass.

Nordic fun can also be found along trails at Methow Trails; Stevens Pass; Cabin Creek area off Interstate 90, and Leavenworth Winter Sports Club. Trails at The Summit at Snoqualmie reopen Friday, and White Pass trails reopen Thursday.

A webcam view of Mount Rainier from a webcam at Paradise. (National Park Service)
A webcam view of Mount Rainier from a webcam at Paradise. (National Park Service)

At Mount Rainier National Park the gate to Paradise at Longmire is open with chains required on 2-wheel drive vehicles at Cougar Rock; all vehicles are 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 Thursday, Paradise was covered with 114 inches of snow. For updates, go to

Oregon: Mount Bachelor, 102-124 inch base; Timberline, 97; Hoodoo, 55; Mount Hood Meadows, 89-156; Willamette Pass, 58-118; and Mount Hood Ski Bowl, 44-48. Reopening this weekend are Anthony Lakes, 57; and Cooper Spur, 35. Mount Ashland, 86-114, was closed on Friday.

Idaho: Sun Valley, 70-93; Brundage, 66-89; Tamarack, 56-78; Schweitzer, 57-91; Lookout Pass, 65-98; Bogus Basin, 57-66; Kelly Canyon, 34-59; and Pebble Creek, 28-56. Silver Mountain, 54-64 was closed on Friday.

Montana: Whitefish Mountain Resort is open daily, with an 89-inch base, and 206 inches this season. A total of 105 trails (50 were groomed) and 10 lifts are operating, with night skiing Friday and Saturday. The Whitefish Banked Slalom is Saturday.

British Columbia: Whistler-Blackcomb, 77; Cypress, 111; Mount Washington, 65-102; Whitewater, 96-97; Manning Park, 53-71; Big White, 91; Revelstoke, 28-83; Fernie, 47-105; Mount Seymour, 45-97; Red Mountain, 83; Grouse Mountain, 59-110; Kicking Horse, 31-68; Apex, 73; Silver Star, 53-69; Sun Peaks, 57-63; Panorama, 26-51; and Kimberley, 51.

Snowboarders, left, prepare to hop off the Pacific Crest Chair at Summit West at Snoqualmie Pass.
Snowboarders, left, prepare to hop off the Pacific Crest Chair at Summit West at Snoqualmie Pass.

Upcoming events

The World of Adventure Après Ski event is 4-10 p.m. this Saturday at the Timberwolf Bar & Grill at Summit West with DJ Indica Jones. Enjoy complimentary Buffalo or Wolf Wings from 4-7 p.m., and special drink prices. Details:

The Mount Baker Ski Area’s Legendary Banked Slalom Race is Feb. 18-21. Details:

Come enjoy live music at the Stevens Pass Mountain Resort at 6 p.m. this Saturday in the Foggy Goggle Lounge. Boise, Idaho band Jonathan Warren and The Billy Goats will be performing. Details:

The Crystal Mountain Resort Vertical Express for MS is Feb. 26-28. Details:

The Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort Mountain offers a Freestyle and Terrain Park Classes for skiers and snowboarders from 9 a.m. to noon this Saturday. Cost is $60 advance registration; and $70 day of event. Details:

The free Whistler-Blackcomb Resort Fire and Ice Show is held every Sunday at 6:30 p.m. at the Whistler Village base between Whistler and Blackcomb Gondolas. The show features a mix of music with skiers and snowboarders showing off their acrobatic jumping through rings of fire. The Discover Whistler Days offer a 25 percent discount on select adult, youth and kids group lessons on Feb. 5; Feb. 20-March 11; and April 9-17. Details:\

The Leavenworth Winter Sports Club Bakke Cup and Leavenworth Classic alpine giant slalom, ski jumping and nordic competition for all kids age 6 to 17. Registration is 8:30-9 a.m. Cost is $10 per person or $25 per family. Details:

Latest snow and lift reports:

Which ski areas are open and closed:




Summit West, Snoqualmie Open: Fri and Feb. 3-5: 4-10pm; Sat: 9am-10pm; Sun: 9am-5pm; closed Mon-Tue 83 inches

Summit Central, Snoqualmie Open: Fri-Sat and Mon-Feb. 5: 9am-10pm; Sun: 9am-5pm 83 inches

Summit East, Snoqualmie Open: Sat-Sun: 9am-4pm; closed Mon-Fri 83 inches

Nordic Center, Snoqualmie Open: Fri-Sun: 9am-3:30pm; closed Mon-Feb. 4. Tubing center open Fri-Sat: 9am-9pm; Sun: 9am-5pm; closed Mon-Feb. 4 83 inches

Alpental, Snoqualmie Open: Fri-Sat and Feb. 2-5: 9am-10pm; Sun: 9am-5pm; closed Mon 90-122 inches

Mount Baker Ski Area Open daily: 9am-3:30pm 100-140 inches

Crystal Mountain Open daily: 9am-4pm 57-81 inches

Stevens Pass Open: Fri-Sat and Feb. 3-4: 9am-10pm; Sun: 9am-6pm; Mon-Tue: 9am-4pm 63-87 inches

White Pass Open daily: 8:45am-4pm; night skiing Sat until 9pm.; nordic center is open Fri-Sun 62-83 inches

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

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

Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Open: Fri-Sat and Feb. 3-4: 9am-9:30pm; Sun: 9am-4pm; closed Mon-Tue 60-83 inches

Ski Bluewood Open: Fri-Sun and Feb. 3-4: 9am-4pm; closed Mon-Tue 72-92 inches

Whistler-Blackcomb Open daily: 8:30am-3pm 77 inches

Mt. Bachelor Open daily: 9am-4pm 102-124 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 36 inches

Methow Trails Open daily: 22 trails groomed Jan. 27-29 at Mazama; 19 at Rendezvous; 21 at Sun Mountain; and 12 at Winthrop 37 inches