Do you remember something about a shortage of snow in Washington’s mountains? Naw. Snow was coming down so fast on Snoqualmie Pass that Interstate 90 was closed in both directions Monday morning. (Get updates here.) Here are some Monday morning snow statistics for Cascade ski areas: Crystal Mountain: About 10 inches fell overnight in Campbell…More
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The Leavenworth Winter Sports Club just can’t get a break this winter. Earlier, lack of snow hindered its operations and canceled some annual festival events. Now, the glut of snow and resulting avalanche danger has canceled one of its big events of the year, this weekend’s Hog Loppet ski trek. This would have been the 26th…More
Not enough snow at ski areas this winter? The Northwest is making up for that, scary fast. Crystal Mountain picked up two feet of new snow this week, and Mount Baker got 40 inches. Now, former KING-TV meteorologist Larry Schick, who issues Powder Alerts for the Ski Washington website (and is affectionately known as the Grand…More
If you enjoy seeing wildlife in the wild, midwinter offers some special treats around the state of Washington. Here are five of my favorite wildlife viewing spots for the colder months, most within a day’s drive of Seattle. And with migratory bird-hunting season just concluded, February is a good time to take your binoculars and…More
Stevens Pass has some going-fast $12 lift tickets for skiing and boarding on Super Bowl Sunday. But there are discounts at other Pacific Northwest ski areas for the Feb. 2 game day The discounts, available through Liftopia, include: –At Mt. Spokane, a 1-day lift ticket starts at $40 (save 21 percent) – Washington’s 49 Degrees North has 1-day lift tickets starting…More
Stevens Pass wants to get skiers to the slopes on Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 2) and is offering some $12 lift tickets. The discounted tickets are available only through the Stevens Pass Facebook page, and will be valid for four hours of skiing or snowboarding on game day. 1,200 tickets were made available but are going fast…. Stevens also will…More
The Chelan County town of Leavenworth, with no snow for this weekend’s annual Bavarian Icefest, is “making lemonade” with “our first, and perhaps last, Bavarian Ice Luau,” announced Jessica Robinson of the Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce. Temperatures around 50 degrees late this week in the Cascade Mountains town have helped scuttle plans to truck in lots…More
Holiday-weekend revelers, rejoice. It’s time for tubing and sliding at Paradise. The snow-play hill at the Paradise area of Mount Rainier National Park finally has enough snow to open this Saturday, Jan. 18, according to the park’s Twitter feed. And there’s a bonus: Entry to the park is free on Monday, Jan. 20, in honor of…More
Washington’s light-snow winter is taking its toll on snow-dependent recreation across the state, and now it’s starting to infringe on some popular winter festivals as well.
Community festivals in Chelan, this weekend and next, and Leavenworth, Jan. 18-19, have been forced to cancel some ski and snowshoe events because of insufficient snow, though other entertainment is going ahead as planned.
Leavenworth is considering trucking in snow from Stevens Pass, or borrowing a large snow-making gun from Mission Ridge Ski Area, to provide some snow for its Bavarian Icefest.
“We need some nice, good, clean snow” for a snow sculpture event and a Downtown Rail Jam snowboard and ski demonstration,More
While the Polar Vortex screws with the rest of the nation, the Pacific Northwest continues the Great Snow Slump of 2013-’14. And it’s not just downhill skiers and the owners of the Summit at Snoqualmie who are tearing their hair out from under the ear flaps of their winter hats. Snowshoers and cross-country skiers, too, are starting to feel picked on because of the lack of snow on many of Washington’s mountains.
For example, The Mountaineers club has been forced to cancel this Saturday’s Winter Trails Day event, an annual free demonstration and tryout of snowshoes at the club’s Snoqualmie Pass campus.
“We have barely any snow at all and we have forecasted rain at Snoqualmie for the coming week and we just don’t have anything to snowshoe on,” bemoaned Tess Wendel, a member services representative for the club. The snowshoe event is part of a national event aimed at encouraging winter recreation.
Likewise, the Washington State Parks Sno-Park program isMore