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Category: snow sports
February 12, 2015 at 7:08 AM

Summit at Snoqualmie ski area closes for lack of snow

A webcam view Thursday morning shows lots of bare ground at the Summit Central slopes of the Summit at Snoqualmie ski area. The nearby Alpental slopes, the last to remain open, closed as of Thursday. It’s been a horrible, snow-light winter for Washington skiers, and the Summit at Snoqualmie has given up — at least…

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Comments | More in ski areas, skiing, snow sports | Topics: Alpental, ski area closures, summit at snoqualmie

February 9, 2015 at 3:24 PM

Need a skiing fix? Head for the Methow Valley

Skiers and dogs head up the Gunn Ranch trail recently in the Methow Trails system. (Methow Trails photo) Heartbroken over lack of snow at your favorite downhill resort? Aghast at webcam views of what should be pristine, snowy slopes but are showing more dark spots than a Dalmatian? If cross-country skiing will fill your winter schussing…

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Comments | Topics: cross-country skiing, Methow cross-country skiing, Methow Trails

February 6, 2015 at 3:24 PM

Washington ski areas struggling, closing in the rain

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…

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

February 3, 2015 at 3:56 PM

Trial allows dogs with skiers on easy trails at Chelan’s Echo Ridge

A skier navigates a ridgetop at Echo Ridge Nordic Ski Area, near Lake Chelan, where dogs may accompany skiers on some easy trails in a trial program starting Saturday. (photo by Carol Pucci / The Seattle Times, 2007) Beginning Saturday, Feb. 7, you may cross-country ski with your dog on some of the easier Forest Service…

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Comments | More in Outdoors, ski areas, skiing, snow sports, U.S. Forest Service | Topics: Chelan ski trails, dogs with skiers, Echo Ridge Nordic Ski Area

January 27, 2015 at 5:05 PM

$12 Super Bowl Sunday lift tickets at Stevens Pass (don’t wait long)

Brady Hastings, of Everett, launches off a jump at Stevens Pass ski resort. (photo by Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times) Don’t have the thousands of dollars to go watch the Super Bowl in Arizona? Then spend $12 — yes, it’s a 12th Man thing — for a ski lift ticket on Super Bowl Sunday at…

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Comments | More in ski areas, skiing, snow sports | Topics: $12 lift tickets, cheap lift tickets, Stevens Pass

November 21, 2014 at 10:05 AM

New Warren Miller ski film this weekend in Seattle

Øystein Aasheim goes airborne over the mountains of Norway in the Warren Miller ski film, “No Turning Back.” (photo by Sverre Hjornevik) Need inspiration for the slopes? Not only do the region’s ski areas have their first opening day this Saturday, the annual Warren Miller Entertainment ski film for 2014, “No Turning Back,” screens Friday and…

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November 19, 2014 at 1:48 PM

Webcams say it all: Pray for snow, skiers and boarders

Hoping for a Thanksgiving Day outing to your favorite ski hill in the Washington Cascades? Um, you might want to have a Plan B. With a week to go, here are webcam photos from around the region: High atop the rocky slopes at Crystal Mountain, 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19. Lightly frosted Stevens Pass, 1:15…

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Comments | More in skiing, snow sports | Topics: Alpental, crystal mountain, Stevens Pass

November 18, 2014 at 1:09 PM

Heads up, ski fiends: Whistler and Mission Ridge open Saturday

Snow nice: An image from the webcam on Whistler Mountain at the Roundhouse Lodge early Tuesday afternoon. Anxious ski fiends, ski bunnies and boarder buddies: The “open” sign goes up at one of the region’s most popular mountain resorts this Saturday, Nov. 22. Whistler Blackcomb, B.C.’s mega-resort four hours north of Seattle, is firing up lifts…

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Comments | More in snow sports | Topics: Cypress Mountain, ski area, ski areas open

November 13, 2014 at 5:20 PM

Think snow with Seattle ski show this weekend

Happy skiers and snowboarders ride the Crystal Mountain gondola on opening day last season.  (Steve Ringman photo / The Seattle Times.) Ready to think snow? Ski Dazzle,  the annual Seattle ski and snowboard show, will get you really ready to hit the slopes. It runs Friday through Sunday (Nov. 14-16) at the CenturyLink Field Event Center. See…

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September 15, 2014 at 2:18 PM

5th graders ski for free this winter at Stevens Pass

A snowboarder takes a leap at Stevens Pass. (photo by Ken Lambert /The Seattle Times) Got a 5th grader in the family? He or she can ski or snowboard for free this winter. Keeping kids involved and interested in outdoor sports can be a challenge, but it’s a lot easier with programs such as this at Stevens…

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