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Snow and frosty weather is returning to the mountain forecast as the “Pineapple Express” that plagued skiing and snowboarding conditions is coming to an end.

A winter-weather advisory was issued for the Cascades Thursday through Friday with 6 to 8 inches of snow expected above 3,500 feet. Many higher elevation ski areas also received 1 to 8 inches from Tuesday to Wednesday.

High pressure will rebuild briefly heading into this weekend before another cooler weather system arrives Sunday to Monday bringing more light snow to areas above 2,000 feet. The extended forecast calls for a drying out period early next week.

The Mount Baker Ski Area’s Legendary Banked Slalom Race is Thursday to Sunday. There will be a Vendor Expo Saturday at the White Salmon Base Area, and a bonfire and salmon BBQ at the Raven Hut Lodge. Details:

Expected snowfall totals through Sunday:

  • Summit at Snoqualmie, 2-4 inches of new snow (322 inches for the season).
  • Mount Baker, 11-23 inches (288).
  • Stevens Pass, 9-16 inches (281).
  • Crystal Mountain, 10-20 inches (374).
  • White Pass, 7-14 inches (262-300).

At Mount Rainier National Park the gate at Longmire to Paradise was open Thursday. 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 115 inches of snow. For updates, go to

Oregon snow totals: Mount Bachelor, 95-124 inch base; Timberline, 104; Mount Hood Meadows, 92-175; Mount Ashland, 68-109; Hoodoo, 52; Willamette Pass, 64-118; and Mount Hood Ski Bowl, 34-40. Cooper Spur, 29, and Anthony Lakes, 61, will reopen this weekend.

Idaho snow totals: Sun Valley, 71-89; Brundage, 63-95; Tamarack, 42-75; Schweitzer, 49-93; Lookout Pass, 66-104; Bogus Basin, 58; Kelly Canyon, 35-64; Pebble Creek, 22-54; and Silver Mountain, 60-72.

Montana: Whitefish Mountain Resort is open daily, with 95-inch base, and 247 inches this season. A total of 105 trails and 10 lifts are operating, with night skiing Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

British Columbia snow totals: Whistler-Blackcomb, 103; Cypress, 128; Mount Washington, 78-119; Whitewater, 102-103; Manning Park, 61-91; Big White, 99; Revelstoke, 28-98; Fernie, 47-102; Mount Seymour, 59-112; Red Mountain, 96; Grouse Mountain, 66-118; Kicking Horse, 39-71; Apex, 85; Silver Star, 61-77; Sun Peaks, 70-77; Panorama, 25-52; and Kimberley, 46.

Latest snow and lift reports:

Which ski areas are open and closed:




Summit West, Snoqualmie Open: Thu-Fri and Feb. 24-26: 4-10pm; Sat and Feb. 27: 9am-10pm; Sun: 9am-5pm; closed Mon-Tue 78 inches

Summit Central, Snoqualmie Open: Fri-Sat and Mon-Feb. 27: 9am-10pm; Sun: 9am-5pm 78 inches

Summit East, Snoqualmie Open: Sat-Sun: 9am-4pm; closed Mon-Feb. 26 78 inches

Nordic Center, Snoqualmie Open: Fri-Sun: 9am-3pm; closed Thu and Mon-Feb. 25. Tubing center open Thu: 9am-5pm; Fri-Sun: 9am-9pm; closed Mon-Feb. 25 78 inches

Alpental, Snoqualmie Open: Thu-Sat and Tue-Feb. 27: 9am-10pm; Sun: 9am-5pm; closed Mon 88-122 inches

Mount Baker Ski Area Open daily: 9am-3:30pm 124-150 inches

Crystal Mountain Open daily: 9am-4pm 60-96 inches

Stevens Pass Open: Thu-Sun and Wed-Feb. 27: 9am-10pm; Mon-Tue: 9am-4pm 61-90 inches

White Pass Open daily: 8:45am-4pm; night skiing Sat until 9pm.; nordic center is open Thu-Sun 68-97 inches

Mission Ridge Ski & Board Open: Thu-Mon and Feb. 25-27: 9am-4pm; night skiing Sat until 8pm; closed Tue-Wed 46-59 inches

49° North Mountain Open: Fri-Sun and Mon-Tue: 9am-3:30pm; closed Wed-Thu 92-147 inches

Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Open: Thu-Sat and Wed-Feb. 27: 9am-9:30pm; Sun: 9am-4pm; closed Mon-Tue 42-79 inches

Ski Bluewood Open: Thu-Sun and Feb. 24-25: 9am-4pm; closed Mon-Tue 69-88 inches

Whistler-Blackcomb Open daily: 8:30am-3pm 103 inches

Mt. Bachelor Open daily: 9am-4pm 95-124 inches

Leavenworth Winter Sports Club Open: Three nordic trails open; ski hill/tubing Thu-Fri: 10am-5pm; Sat-Sun: 9:30am-5pm 19 inches

Methow Trails Open daily: 20 trails groomed Feb. 16-18 at Mazama; 19 at Rendezvous; 19 at Sun Mountain; and 12 at Winthrop 30 inches