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Another round of heavy snowfall expected along the Cascade mountainsides will leave plenty of untracked powder for skiers and snowboarders.

Freezing levels remained relatively low between 1,000 and 3,500 feet, and there will be a brief break on Tuesday as another frontal system will arrive later in the day bringing more moderate to heavy snowfall. More heavy precipitation will arrive Thursday before turning to lighter snow showers heading into Christmas.

Here is what the National Weather Service is predicting for snow fall until Wednesday: Mount Baker, 10-22 inches (200-plus cumulative inches this season); Stevens Pass, 18-36 (143); Snoqualmie, 19-39 (114); Crystal Mountain, 20-40 (174); and White Pass, 17-32 (131-158).

Good news will arrive before the Christmas for the White Pass Ski Area as US Highway 12 will reopen to traffic on Tuesday evening, but is weather dependent on the heavy snow in the forecast. A traffic light will direct vehicles through a single-lane near the repaired areas both east and west of the pass. The ski area will reopen on Wednesday.

Crystal Mountain Resort received 8 inches of snow with another 12-18 expected by early Tuesday. A total of 2,600 acres of terrain is open and all lifts were running.

The Summit at Snoqualmie received 5 inches on Sunday, and in the past two days got 17 to 23 inches. Make plans to hit Summit East the day after Christmas when the new Rampart quad chairlift opens that connects Summit Central and East providing more gladed terrain and several new tree-lined runs.

The Mount Baker Ski Area has received more than 200 inches of snow this season, and is still touting the deepest snow-base in North America. The area received 7 to 11 inches since Sunday, and a whopping 40 inches since Thursday.

The Lake Wenatchee State Park is open for cross-country skiing with excellent conditions with South Park and North Park groomed. Chiwawa was groomed on Saturday, but had some significant wet spots, and a large area of standing water at the far end of the trail. Kahler Glen should be open before Christmas, and Nason Ridge is expected to be open by Jan. 1. A season Sno-Park Pass with groomed trail sticker is needed to access the area.

In Oregon, Mount Bachelor (80-93 inch base with 5 inches of new snow), Timberline (60 with 9 new), Mount Ashland (57-82 with no new), Willamette Pass (40-60 with 3 new), Hoodoo (38 with 7 new) and Mount Hood Meadows (55-96 with no new), Mount Hood Ski Bowl (24-31 with 6 new), Cooper Spur (14 with 1 new) are open daily. Anthony Lakes (41 with 3 new) is open weekends only.

In Idaho, areas open daily include Sun Valley (45-71 with 1 new), Brundage (59-68 with 2 new), Tamarack (50-61 with 2 new), Pomerelle (48-59 with 1 new), Schweitzer (28-54 with 3 new), Lookout Pass (32-51 with 3 new), Soldier Mountain (38-51 with 1 new), Bogus Basin (42-47 with 2 new), Kelly Canyon (19-36 with 3 new) and Silver Mountain (21-36 with 7 new)
In Montana, Whitefish Mountain Resort is open daily, and has a 53-inch base with 2 new, and 100 inches so far this season. A total of 81 trails and nine lifts are open with heavy snowfall expected through Monday.

To the north in British Columbia, areas open daily include Whistler-Blackcomb (78 with no new), Cypress (91 with 3 new), Mount Washington (61-79 with 1 new), Whitewater (77-78 with 10 new), Manning Park (58-78 with 4 new), Big White (70 with 2 new), Revelstoke (28-64 with 2 new), Fernie (45-69 with 6 new), Mount Seymour (37-69 with no new), Red Mountain (61 with 9 new), Grouse Mountain (44-68 with 4 new), Kicking Horse (27-51 with 3 new), Apex (52 with 5 new), Silver Star (39-52 with 2 new), Sun Peaks (42-48 with 2 new), Panorama (19-40 with 2 new) and Kimberley (44 with 3 new).

Upcoming events

Ski with Santa at Crystal Mountain Resort Wednesday and Thursday until noon each day. Get your picture taken with Santa as he carves up the hillsides handing out candy and cheer to all. Details:

The Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort Avalanche Awareness Workshop is 9 a.m. Jan. 9. Details:
The Whitefish Resort is offering a holiday discount of up to 25 percent on lodging and lift tickets. Details:

The Sun Valley Resort 80th Anniversary Winter Season will be celebrated with plenty of holiday cheer. Activity dates: Wine Tasting and Bites in the Sun Valley Lodge Terrace on Tuesday; Brunch with Santa at the Clubhouse, Martini Tasting in the Ram Bar , Christmas Storytelling for the Kids in the Sun Valley Lodge Sunroom and Dance Party in the Boiler Room in the Sun Valley Village on Wednesday; and Brunch with Santa at the Clubhouse on Thursday (Dec. 24). There will also be a Christmas Eve Ice Show is followed by the Torchlight Parade and Fireworks on Dollar Mountain at 5:30 p.m. with gates opening at 3 p.m. Details:

Head up to Mount Rainier for the winter holidays for lots of joy and celebration that includes Christmas tree cutting; wrapping presents fireside in a cozy cabin; snowshoeing, skiing, tubing at Paradise; riding a train with Santa, plus much more. The snow-play park at Paradise remains closed until more snow covers the sliding area. Backcountry camping is closed. Ranger guided snowshoe walks begin Wednesday through March 27. For updates, go to or

The latest snowfall and lift info:


Which ski areas are open and closed:




Summit West, Snoqualmie Open Sat-Dec. 31: 9am-4pm (check web site for additional openings during holidays) 65 inches

Summit Central, Snoqualmie Open daily: 9am-10pm 65 inches

Summit East, Snoqualmie Open Sat-Dec. 31: 9am-4pm 65 inches

Nordic Center, Snoqualmie Open Sat-Dec. 31: 9am-3pm; tubing center also open daily at 9am 65 inches

Alpental, Snoqualmie Open Tue-Dec. 31: 9am-4pm 67-92 inches

Mount Baker Ski Area Open daily: 9am-3:30pm 109-151 inches

Crystal Mountain Open daily: 9am-4pm 58-77 inches

Stevens Pass Open daily: 9am-4pm; night skiing Fri-Wed until 10 pm 50-67 inches

White Pass Open daily: 8:45am-4pm; night skiing during holidays until 9pm 57-78 inches

Mission Ridge Ski & Board Open daily: 9am-4pm; night skiing begins Dec. 26 until 8pm 38-47 inches

49° North Mountain Open Fri-Tue: 9am-3:30pm 35-47 inches

Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Open daily: 9am-4pm 29-49 inches

Ski Bluewood Open daily: 9am-4pm 39-51 inches

Whistler-Blackcomb Open daily: 8:30am-3pm 78 inches

Mt. Bachelor Open daily: 9am-4pm 80-93 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, but closed Christmas day 23 inches

Methow Trails Open daily 25 inches