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Hold onto your boards as another winter weather advisory calls for moderate to heavy snowfall in the Cascades.

A cold front is forecasted to deliver 4 to 10 inches of snow late Friday through Saturday morning with the highest amounts at Mount Baker and Crystal Mountain. Slightly smaller amounts will pile up at Stevens and Snoqualmie Pass. All this fresh snow comes on top of the 6 to 18 inches that fell in the past few days.

The freezing level will begin at 4,500 feet, dropping quickly to 2,000 to 3,000 feet by early Saturday.

The wild weather will quickly shift to warmer temperatures and mainly sunny skies from Sunday through Wednesday. Be sure to pack along the shades and sunscreen.

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All Pacific Northwest resorts have ample snow-base coverage, and timing will be key if you prefer a stash of fresh powder, groomed corduroy or springlike conditions later on.

Photo courtesy of Jameson Florence.
Photo courtesy of Jameson Florence.

Expected snowfall totals through Saturday:

  • Summit at Snoqualmie, trace to 1 1/2 inches of new snow (251 inches for the season).
  • Mount Baker, 3-5 inches new (288).
  • Crystal Mountain, 9-15 inches new (342).
  • Stevens Pass, 7-13 inches new (278).
  • White Pass, 3-7 inches new (246-278).

Celebrating its 50th anniversary this winter, Whistler-Blackcomb Resort in British Columbia is allowing skiers and riders a chance to get interactive while cruising the mountainsides.

A new web and mobile platform called “WB+” is connected to the resort’s Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), and will allow guests access to create a personal profile to gather statistics and data including number of days on the slopes and total vertical ridden.

Photo courtesy of Mount Baker Ski Area.
Photo courtesy of Mount Baker Ski Area.

The system will also allow to set goals, track progress, collect badges for notable milestones, and even compete against other skiers and riders.

Guest can register for free from any desktop, tablet or mobile device. In the near future the system will have the ability to connect with friends, create groups, climb leaderboards and share information through social media.

This winter, the WB+ member who skis the most vertical will win an unlimited season pass for the 2016-2017 season. Keep in mind the bar was set high last season when Pierre Marc Jette logged 1,857,812 vertical meters for Alzheimer’s research, and almost double the vertical by the runner up. Details:

Cross-country skiers are finding some of the best groomed trails seen in recent years at Scottish Lakes High Camp; Mazama; Echo Ridge; Salmon La Sac Sno-Park; Iron Horse Trail; Lake Easton Sno-Park; Lake Wenatchee State Park; Methow Trails; Stevens Pass; Cabin Creek area off I-90; Leavenworth Winter Sports Club; The Summit at Snoqualmie; and White Pass.

At Mount Rainier National Park the gate at Longmire to Paradise was open Friday, with chains required for all vehicles. 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 Friday, Paradise was covered with 121 inches of snow. For updates, go to

Oregon: Mount Bachelor, 112-135 inch base; Timberline, 131; Mount Hood Meadows, 109-186; Mount Ashland, 78-115; Willamette Pass, 64-118; and Mount Hood Ski Bowl, 56-60. Cooper Spur, 34, and Anthony Lakes, 64, reopen this weekend. Hoodoo, 62, was closed on Friday.

Idaho: Sun Valley, 72-94; Brundage, 72-97; Tamarack, 58-77; Schweitzer, 60-95; Lookout Pass, 75-111; Bogus Basin, 60-68; Kelly Canyon, 40-68; Pebble Creek, 28-57; and Silver Mountain, 60-72.

Montana: Whitefish Mountain Resort is open daily, with a 96-inch base, and 230 inches this season. A total of 105 trails and nine lifts are operating, with night skiing Friday and Saturday. The Winter Carnival Slopestyle competition is Sunday. Details:

Photo by Kevin Fujii, Seattle Times.
Photo by Kevin Fujii, Seattle Times.

British Columbia: Whistler-Blackcomb, 81; Cypress, 136; Mount Washington, 79-116; Whitewater, 95-96; Manning Park, 59-79; Big White, 103; Revelstoke, 28-87; Fernie, 55-112; Mount Seymour, 76-128; Red Mountain, 88; Grouse Mountain, 79-122; Kicking Horse, 33-62; Apex, 81; Silver Star, 57-74; Sun Peaks, 65-71; Panorama, 26-48; and Kimberley, 47.

Upcoming events

The Summit at Snoqualmie Jump Up, Jump In, and Jump Out to Summit East ‘Get the Girls Out!’ event is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday at Summit East. Girls of all ages and backgrounds are invited to participate in groups for lessons, park sessions; free skiing and riding; session with ski patrol on rescue dogs, avalanche beacon demo, mountain safety; and apres-slope party with a raffle. For cost information, go to

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

The Stevens Pass Resort Jim Jack’s Cowboy Up Freeride Challenge is this weekend. Youth age 12 to 18 compete by ripping through powder, trees and off cliffs. Limit is 100 participants. Details:

The Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort is hosting Rails to Ales in downtown Wenatchee on Orondo Avenue from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Feb. 12. Come watch the top skiers and snowboarders in the state throw down tricks and kicks in a ski and snowboard jam contest on manmade terrain park. Details:

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

Latest snow and lift reports:

Which ski areas are open and closed:




Summit West, Snoqualmie Open: Fri and Feb. 10-12: 4-10pm; Sat: 9am-10pm; Sun: 9am-5pm; closed Mon-Tue 90 inches

Summit Central, Snoqualmie Open: Fri-Sat and Mon-Feb. 12: 9am-10pm; Sun: 9am-5pm 90 inches

Summit East, Snoqualmie Open: Sat-Sun: 9am-4pm; closed Mon-Fri 90 inches

Nordic Center, Snoqualmie Open: Fri-Sun: 9am-3pm; closed Mon-Thu. Tubing center open Fri-Sat: 9am-9pm; Sun: 9am-5pm; closed Mon-Thu 90 inches

Alpental, Snoqualmie Open: Fri-Sat and Tue-Feb. 12: 9am-10pm; Sun: 9am-5pm; closed Mon 101-132 inches

Mount Baker Ski Area Open daily: 9am-3:30pm 127-170 inches

Crystal Mountain Open daily: 9am-4pm 70-95 inches

Stevens Pass Open: Fri-Sun and Feb. 10-12: 9am-10pm; Mon-Tue: 9am-4pm 69-92 inches

White Pass Open daily: 8:45am-4pm; night skiing Sat until 9pm.; nordic center is open Thu-Sun 80-99 inches

Mission Ridge Ski & Board Open: Fri-Mon and Feb. 11-12: 9am-4pm; closed Tue-Wed; night skiing Sat until 8pm 52-63 inches

49° North Mountain Open: Fri-Sun and Mon-Tue: 9am-3:30pm; closed Wed-Thu 90-143 inches

Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Open: Fri-Sat and Wed-Thu: 9am-9:30pm; Sun: 9am-4pm; closed Mon-Tue 65-86 inches

Ski Bluewood Open: Fri-Sun and Wed-Thu: 9am-4pm; closed Mon-Tue 84-102 inches

Whistler-Blackcomb Open daily: 8:30am-3pm 81 inches

Mt. Bachelor Open daily: 9am-4pm 112-135 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 33 inches

Methow Trails Open daily: 19 trails groomed Feb. 4-5 at Mazama; 17 at Rendezvous; 21 at Sun Mountain; and 13 at Winthrop 36 inches