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Another series of moderately wet weather systems are expected to brush the Cascade hillsides through Wednesday adding a fresh layer of snow at ski resorts that lost a few inches of base coverage in the past few days.

Snow levels will jump between 1,000 and 4,500 feet during this time frame, but should allow skiers and snowboarders to find plenty of untracked snow or corduroy groomed trails in the days ahead followed by more sunshine later this week.

Expected snow fall totals this week are: Mount Baker, 11-25 inches; Stevens Pass, 12-24; Summit at Snoqualmie, 4-8; Crystal Mountain, 8-15; and White Pass, 7-15.

The Mount Baker Ski Area will have midweek operation out of the White Salmon base area, and the Raven Hut Lodge, chairs 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8, and the free White Salmon handle tow will be open.

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At Stevens Pass Mountain Resort, the Seventh Heaven and Skyline lifts were on maintenance hold Monday for de-icing, and six lifts were open giving way to 51 trails.

The Scottish Lakes High Camp south of Lake Wenatchee State Park in the north-central Cascades offers ample choices for downhill backcountry skiers and boarders or snowshoe treks through the forests.

Camper in the parking lot at Crystal Mountain reflect just how much snow has fallen at the base of the ski area.   (Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)
Camper in the parking lot at Crystal Mountain reflect just how much snow has fallen at the base of the ski area. (Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

Cross-country skiers will find good trail conditions at the Summit at Snoqualmie; White Pass; Stevens Pass; Cabin Creek trail system located 10 miles east of Snoqualmie Summit at Exit 63 off I-90; and east from Leavenworth to the Methow Trails.

At Lake Wenatchee State Park, look for good, groomed conditions along trails at Lower and Upper Nason Ridge, South Park and Kahler Glen. At North Park there is one track set along the lake, and snow is a little thin, but in decent shape. Chiwawa has one washout to negotiate. The area also has snowshoe trails and a sled hill. Self-pay stations are available at each parking area for daily Sno-Park and daily Discover Passes.

Mount Rainier National Park is open for winter activities, and the snow-play sliding hill at Paradise is open on weekends and holidays. 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. Sign-ups begin one hour before each scheduled time. Be sure to check the website for road conditions and restrictions before heading up. Through Wednesday, Paradise was covered with 101 inches of snow. For updates, go to

In Oregon, Mount Bachelor (84-110 inch base), Timberline (88), Mount Ashland (58-87), Hoodoo (55), Mount Hood Meadows (76-109), Mount Hood Ski Bowl (52-54), Cooper Spur (34) and Anthony Lakes (47).

In Idaho, areas open daily include Sun Valley (57-80), Brundage (50-73), Tamarack (46-60), Pomerelle (70-86), Schweitzer (41-68), Lookout Pass (48-76), Soldier Mountain (50-65), Bogus Basin (44-50) and Silver Mountain (26-48).

In Montana, Whitefish Mountain Resort is open daily, and has a 55-inch base, and 139 inches so far this season. A total of 105 trails and 10 lifts were operating.

To the north in British Columbia, areas open daily include Whistler-Blackcomb (64), Cypress (124), Mount Washington (57-75), Whitewater (75-76), Manning Park (53-61), Big White (83), Revelstoke (28-64), Fernie (33-68), Mount Seymour (67-115), Red Mountain (67), Grouse Mountain (80-124), Kicking Horse (29-49), Apex (63), Silver Star (49-59), Sun Peaks (51-57), Panorama (23-41) and Kimberley (48).

Upcoming events

The Smash Life! Banked Slalom event is 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16 at the Back Bowls of Alpental. Cost is $25. Details: or

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

The Never Ever Days will return to the Whistler-Blackcomb Resort Discover Whistler Days will be offered with a 25 percent discount on select adult, youth and kids group lessons Jan. 18-Feb. 5; Feb. 20-March 11; and April 9-17. Details:

Latest snow and lift reports:

Which ski areas are open and closed:




Summit West, Snoqualmie Open: Wed-Fri: 4-10pm; Saturday: 9am-10pm; Sunday: 9am-5pm; Mon: 9am-5pm; closed Tue 68 inches

Summit Central, Snoqualmie Open: Mon-Jan. 23: 9am-10pm 68 inches

Summit East, Snoqualmie Open: Sat-Jan. 18: 9am-4pm; closed Jan. 19-22 68 inches

Nordic Center, Snoqualmie Open: Fri-Jan. 18: 9am-3pm; closed Jan. 19-21. Tubing center open Fri-Sun: 9am-9pm; Jan. 18: 9am-5pm 68 inches

Alpental, Snoqualmie Open: Tue-Sat and Jan. 19-23: 9am-10pm; Sun-Jan. 18: 9am-5pm 8\0-117 inches

Mount Baker Ski Area Open daily: 9am-3:30pm 99-131 inches

Crystal Mountain Open daily: 9am-4pm 50-72 inches

Stevens Pass Open: Mon-Tue: 9am-4pm; Wed-Sun: 9am-10pm; Jan. 18: 9am-6pm 50-70 inches

White Pass Open daily: 8:45am-4pm; night skiing Sat and Sun until 9pm. Nordic center is also open 56-75 inches

Mission Ridge Ski & Board Open: Mon and Thu-Jan. 18: 9am-4pm; closed Tue-Wed; night skiing Sat until 8pm 44-52 inches

49° North Mountain Open: Fri-Tue: 9am-3:30pm; closed Wed-Thu; nordic center is open 55-95 inches

Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Open: Wed-Sat: 9am-9:30pm; Sun-Jan. 18: 9am-4pm 44-62 inches

Ski Bluewood Open: Wed-Jan. 18: 9am-4pm 52-65 inches

Whistler-Blackcomb Open daily: 8:30am-3pm 64 inches

Mt. Bachelor Open daily: 9am-4pm 84-110 inches

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

Methow Trails Open daily: 22 trails groomed Jan. 10-11 at Mazama; 18 at Rendezvous; 21 at Sun Mountain; and 12 at Winthrop 25 inches