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Sunny skies and springlike snow conditions are in store for skiers and snowboarders headed to the slopes in coming days.

A strong ridge of high pressure remains over the Pacific Northwest until Wednesday. Then a series of weak disturbances will brush the region late Wednesday through Friday with a mix of light rain or snow, and a freezing elevation of 4,500 to 8,500 feet.

The snow in the mornings will be firm, hard-packed and nicely groomed, shifting to much softer in the afternoons. This will reduce some of the base coverage, but won’t be cause for alarm as the snow pack remains well above the seasonal norm. Be sure to pack the sunscreen and shades.

Snowfall totals for the season through Monday:

  • Summit at Snoqualmie, 316 inches for the season.
  • Mount Baker, 288 inches.
  • Crystal Mountain, 348 inches.
  • Stevens Pass, 281 inches.
  • White Pass, 251-283 inches.
  • Whistler-Blackcomb, 294 inches.

Love is in the air with many ski areas hosting special Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14) events throughout this week. Check each ski-area web sites for more information.

Also coming up is the Mount Baker Ski Area’s Legendary Banked Slalom Race, Feb. 18-21. Details:

The Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort is hosting Rails to Ales in downtown Wenatchee 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:

At Stevens Pass Resort, the Skyline and 7th Heaven chairs aren’t expected to operate Monday due to an issue with the electronic safety monitoring systems on Skyline.

Cross-country skiers will find fast and firm – possibly slick in shaded areas — trail conditions at places such as Echo Ridge; Iron Horse Trail; Lake Easton Sno-Park; Lake Wenatchee State Park; Methow Trails; Stevens Pass; Cabin Creek area off I-90; and Leavenworth Winter Sports Club. White Pass reopens Thursday, and The Summit at Snoqualmie reopens Friday.

At Mount Rainier National Park the gate at Longmire to Paradise was open Monday. 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 Monday, Paradise was covered with 119 inches of snow. For updates, go to

Oregon: Mount Bachelor, 107-130 inch base; Timberline, 118; Mount Hood Meadows, 108-186; Mount Ashland, 76-115; Hoodoo, 67; Willamette Pass, 64-118; and Mount Hood Ski Bowl, 52-58. Cooper Spur, 34, and Anthony Lakes, 66, reopen this weekend.

Idaho: Sun Valley, 72-91; Brundage, 61-91; Tamarack, 55-76; Schweitzer, 60-92; Lookout Pass, 73-110; 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 91-inch base, and 232 inches this season. A total of 105 trails and 10 lifts are operating, with night skiing Friday and Saturday. The Winter Carnival Slopestyle competition is Sunday. Details:

British Columbia: Whistler-Blackcomb, 93; Cypress, 135; Mount Washington, 86-118; Whitewater, 94; Manning Park, 63-81; Big White, 103; Revelstoke, 28-88; Fernie, 55-110; Mount Seymour, 76-127; Red Mountain, 88; Grouse Mountain, 79-122; Kicking Horse, 37-69; Apex, 82; Silver Star, 55-74; Sun Peaks, 63-69; Panorama, 25-50; and Kimberley, 47.

Latest snow and lift reports:

Which ski areas are open and closed:




Summit West, Snoqualmie Open: Wed-Fri: 4-10pm; Sat: 9am-10pm; Sun: 9am-5pm; closed Mon-Tue 87 inches

Summit Central, Snoqualmie Open: Mon-Fri: 9am-10pm; Sun: 9am-5pm 87 inches

Summit East, Snoqualmie Open: Sat-Sun: 9am-4pm; closed Mon-Fri 87 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 87 inches

Alpental, Snoqualmie Open: Tue-Fri: 9am-10pm; Sun: 9am-5pm; closed Mon 101-136 inches

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

Crystal Mountain Open daily: 9am-4pm 64-94 inches

Stevens Pass Open: Wed-Fri: 9am-10pm; Mon-Tue: 9am-4pm 68-91 inches

White Pass Open daily: 8:45am-4pm; night skiing Sat until 9pm.; nordic center is open Thu-Sun 78-98 inches

Mission Ridge Ski & Board Open: Mon-Fri: 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 90-144 inches

Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Open: Fri-Sat and Wed-Thu: 9am-9:30pm; Sun: 9am-4pm; closed Mon-Tue 62-84 inches

Ski Bluewood Open: Fri-Sun and Wed-Thu: 9am-4pm; closed Mon-Tue 81-101 inches

Whistler-Blackcomb Open daily: 8:30am-3pm 93 inches

Mt. Bachelor Open daily: 9am-4pm 107-130 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 30 inches

Methow Trails Open daily: 21 trails groomed Feb. 7-8 at Mazama; 19 at Rendezvous; 21 at Sun Mountain; and 12 at Winthrop 40 inches