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For skiers and snowboarders, this month will rank as one of the most memorable, with more than 10 to 15 feet of snowfall covering plenty of hillsides.

High pressure has settled in over Washington, bringing plenty of sunshine and chilly temperatures, so bundle up if you’re making plans to hit the slopes in the coming days. A series of weaker weather systems is expected to arrive by Sunday through Wednesday, bringing light snowfall.

At Crystal Mountain Resort the clear blue skies will provide awesome views of Mount Rainier, and they’ve 129 inches of snow from this month’s storms, and a total of 19 feet this season. All lifts are in operation, giving way to more than 2,600 acres of terrain.

At the Summit at Snoqualmie, the crossover trail that connects Summit East to Central is open, giving way to the new Rampart quad lift and more gladed terrain and several new tree-lined runs with stashes of untracked powder.

After a day on the hills, be sure to check out the Washington State Ski and Snowboard Museum at 10 Pass Life Way, directly across from the Summit Inn. Admission is free to the 1,600-square-foot museum, displaying memorabilia dating to the 1890s.

Cross-country skiers will find excellent conditions along trails from the Summit at Snoqualmie north to Stevens Pass, and all the way east to Lake Wenatchee and the Methow Trails.

At Lake Wenatchee State Park, look for outstanding conditions when Nason Ridge opens Saturday with 20K groomed. Trails were groomed at South Park and Kahler Glen (12K) and North Park (5.3K) and Chiwawa (8K with one washout to negotiate, and tracks are now set along the river). A Sno-Park permit is required, with self-pay stations located at each parking area. The area also has snowshoe trails and a sled hill.

In the northeast corner of the state, the Methow Trails has the most extensive amount of cross-country trails, with a total of 107.6 miles groomed since Thursday at Rendezvous, Sun Mountain, Mazama and Winthrop.

Other great cross-country-skiing bets are the Cabin Creek area in the Snoqualmie Corridor, Leavenworth (which has 26K groomed trails) and 49 Degrees North (which has 25K of trails open).

The road at Mount Rainier National Park to Paradise has reopened for winter activities, and the snow-play sliding hill is expected to be open by this weekend. Be sure to check the website for road conditions and restrictions before heading up. Through Wednesday, Paradise was covered with 121 inches of snow. For updates, go to or

In Oregon, Mount Bachelor (89-114 inch base), Timberline (98), Mount Ashland (67-95), Hoodoo (58), Mount Hood Meadows (81-109), Mount Hood Ski Bowl (56-60), Anthony Lakes (49) and Cooper Spur (32).

In Idaho, areas open daily include Sun Valley (53-94), Brundage (57-85), Tamarack (53-69), Pomerelle (72-87), Schweitzer (43-73), Lookout Pass (47-74), Soldier Mountain (52-65), Bogus Basin (44-54) and Silver Mountain (27-58).

In Montana, Whitefish Mountain Resort is open daily, and has a 67-inch base, and 139 inches so far this season. A total of 105 trails and 13 lifts were operating.

To the north in British Columbia, areas open daily include Whistler-Blackcomb (68), Cypress (132), Mount Washington (59-80), Whitewater (76), Manning Park (53-68), Big White (89), Revelstoke (28-64), Fernie (33-73), Mount Seymour (81-120), Red Mountain (63), Grouse Mountain (96-131), Kicking Horse (26-48), Apex (61), Silver Star (49-57), Sun Peaks (50-56), Panorama (21-39) and Kimberley (45)


Which ski areas are open and closed:




Summit West, Snoqualmie Open: Thu and Sun: 9am-4pm; Fri-Sat: 9am-10pm; closed Mon-Tue; Jan. 6-7: 4pm-10pm 76 inches

Summit Central, Snoqualmie Open: Thu-Sat and Mon-Jan. 7: 9am-10pm; Sun: 9am-4pm 76 inches

Summit East, Snoqualmie Open: Thu-Sun: 9am-4pm; closed Mon-Jan. 7 76 inches

Nordic Center, Snoqualmie Open: Thu-Sun: 9am-3pm; closed Mon-Jan. 7; tubing center open Thu-Sat, 9am-9pm; Sun: 9am-5pm; closed Mon-Jan. 7 76 inches

Alpental, Snoqualmie Open: Thu and Sun: 9am-4pm; Fri-Sat and Tue-Jan. 7: 9am-10pm; closed Mon 89-132 inches

Mount Baker Ski Area Open daily: 9am-3:30pm 107-143 inches

Crystal Mountain Open daily: 9am-4pm 59-90 inches

Stevens Pass Open: Thu-Sat and Wed-Jan.7: 9am-10pm; Sun: 9am-6pm; Mon-Tue: 9am-4pm 57-76 inches

White Pass Open daily: 8:45am-4pm; night skiing Thu-Sat until 9pm. Nordic center is also open 63-83 inches

Mission Ridge Ski & Board Open daily: 9am-4pm 42.5-51 inches

49° North Mountain Open daily: 9am-3:30pm through Tue 50-86 inches

Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Open: Thu and Sun: 9am-4pm; Sat: 10am-9:30pm 49-74 inches

Ski Bluewood Open daily: 9am-4pm 60-70 inches

Whistler-Blackcomb Open daily: 8:30am-3pm 68 inches

Mt. Bachelor Open daily: 9am-4pm 89-114 inches

Leavenworth Winter Sports Club Open: Icicle River, Leavenworth Golf Course and Ski Hill nordic trails open daily. Tubing open 9:30am-5pm and Ski Hill alpine open 9:30am-6pm 34 inches

Methow Trails Open daily: 21 trails groomed Dec. 30-31 at Mazama; 19 at Rendezvous; 21 at Sun Mountain; and 13 at Winthrop 23 inches