Stevens Pass and Crystal Mountain resorts are opening early this weekend after the first significant snow hit the Cascades Friday.
About 10 inches of snow accumulated at 3,000 feet at Snoqualmie Pass, according to the National Weather Service, and 21 inches piled up at 4,000 feet at Stevens Pass.
More precipitation is expected Monday, but that forecast calls for snow near the 5,000-foot level.
Crystal got 12 inches in 24 hours and opened at 9 a.m. today with two lifts running, said marketing director Tiana Enger. The lifts will be open until 2:30 p.m., she said, and tickets are discounted to $25.
“We’ll assess conditions this afternoon to make the call whether we’re open tomorrow,” she said.
Stevens Pass this morning reported 20 inches of new snow and a 29-inch base. The resort is open from noon until 4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Sunday. The Hogsback and Daisy lifts, as well as the rope tow, are operating Saturday, said marketing manager Nate Escalona.
Stevens had set its tentative opening for Nov. 22, and considers Saturday and Sunday a “soft opening.” Escalona said he’ll know tomorrow if the resort will stay open during the coming week.
Reporter Mark Yuasa learned yesterday that the Mount Baker Ski Area is looking at possibly opening by Wednesday or sooner.
Here’s more of what Yuasa had to say about Whistler (which is open today) and the status of other resorts.