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February 6, 2015 at 3:24 PM

Washington ski areas struggling, closing in the rain

It's looking bad at White Pass ski area, in this view from its webcam Friday afternoon.

It’s looking bad at the White Pass ski area in this view from its webcam Friday afternoon.

Rain, rain go away is the fervent prayer of Washington’s Cascade ski areas, which have closed lifts (or shut down completely) and canceled lessons as the warm, wet weather washes out skiing and boarding.

Crystal Mountain will run only a few lifts as of this weekend and has canceled all ski/boarding lessons until further notice because the snow is so crummy, especially at the lower elevations where beginner terrain is located. The only bright side? Lift tickets are cheaper, $45 for an adult this weekend and $35 as of Monday.

Stevens Pass faces rain through the weekend, with maybe a bit of snow mixed in, and was running only half its lifts Friday. Trying to be cheerful, Stevens said on its website that “the snow should be soft and fun.” Perhaps waterlogged?

Mount Baker just gave up Friday and closed because of rain and high winds. Here’s Baker’s online summary:  “The snowpack is still holding in the upper area, but we are waiting for the water to drain out of the snowpack and the winds to subside. Tomorrow should be a much better day.”

White Pass? Closed Friday, too, because of rain, rain everywhere, even at the summit.

Summit at Snoqualmie? Struggling in the rain. Summit Central and Summit East were closed Friday. Only about half the runs and lifts were open at Alpental and Summit West.

Other snow-play areas of the state are struggling, with the snow-play area closed at Paradise at Mount Rainier, usually one of the snowiest places anywhere. Frustrated skiers and boarders need to go north and east into B.C. (although even mighty  Whistler had rain Friday). So keep going east to the B.C. Okanagan resorts or east to Idaho or even Utah — but even the resorts around Salt Lake City were in the 30s Friday.

 

Comments | Topics: crystal mountain, Mount Baker, summit at snoqualmie

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