Follow us:

The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

November 19, 2012 at 5:34 PM

New snow means some ski resorts will open this week

By Mark Yuasa / Seattle Times staff reporter

The stormy weather that has pounded the region the past few days has been good news for ski resorts.

Stevens Pass Resort will open Tuesday, Mount Baker and Crystal Mountain resorts plan to open Wednesday, and Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort will open Friday.

Stevens will be open from noon to 4 p.m. with the Brooks and Daisy chairlifts in operation. Lift tickets will be $20. Early season conditions exist so skiers and snowboarders should use caution. On Sunday night, 14 to 18 inches of new snow fell, bringing the base total to about 24 inches and 31 on top with more snowfall in the forecast.

Crystal Mountain Resort will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday with the Gondola, Green Valley and Rainier Express lifts operating. Much of the open areas are intermediate and expert terrain. Crystal plans to open Chinook and Forest Queen lifts by Friday, and possibly High Campbell for access to Powder Bowl on Friday, as well. Lift tickets on Wednesday will cost $45.

The base at Crystal is 20 inches and the summit has a depth of 40 inches, with 15 inches of new snow falling last night.

Mount Baker will have limited operations beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday from the Heather Meadows area. Baker managers will assess conditions Tuesday and decide whether to open the lower White Salmon Base Area.

Mount Baker received 20 inches of snow overnight Sunday, and has a base of 41 inches at Heather Meadows and 50 inches on top of Pan Dome.

A warm front is expected to cause the freezing level to rise above 5,000 feet, but a cold front will bring much colder temperatures and more snow by late Tuesday and Wednesday, with 6 to 12 inches of new snow.

 

Comments | Topics: Crystal Mountain, Mount Baker, Stevens Pass

COMMENTS

No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.



The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.


Advertising
The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►