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Originally published February 5, 2015 at 6:26 PM | Page modified February 5, 2015 at 7:33 PM

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Lack of snow has dampened skiing prospects locally

These are some of the darkest days for local ski areas that haven’t seen much snowfall with no end to the heartbreak in sight.


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These are some of the darkest days for local ski areas that haven’t seen much snowfall with no end to the heartbreak in sight.

Another subtropical weather system is bringing heavy rainfall – in excess of five inches — and gusty winds. Some cooling is expected late Friday and Saturday, but well above lower-elevation hillsides (freezing level between 5,000-7,500 feet) where the bulk of snow is needed.

The extended forecast isn’t rosy as high pressure will build, and a dry-weather pattern arrives later next week.

In spite of sparse snow coverage, groomers at open areas are doing their best to ensure the main trails are suitable for skiing and snowboarding, but keep an eye out for unmarked objects, bare spots and rocks.

For those willing to drive, places like Whistler-Blackcomb Resort in British Columbia were expecting snow through Sunday and has a base of 58 inches.

Other B.C. options are Grouse Mountain (30-inch base), Whitewater (66), Kimberley (41), Red Mountain (52), Silver Star (69), Big White (70), Fernie (51), Apex (66), Sun Peaks (63) and Revelstoke (72).

In Oregon, the snow base coverage at higher-elevation destinations like Mount Bachelor is 78 inches; Mount Hood Meadows is 63; Timberline Lodge is 41; and Anthony Lakes is 48.

At Mount Rainier National Park the snow play area remains closed at Paradise due to a lack of snow. Before going check weather conditions and road gate status.

The Methow Valley Trails Association is open daily with 81.2 kilometers of groomed cross-country trails at Sun Mountain, Mazama, Winthrop and Rendezvous.

At Lake Wenatchee State Park, trails in good shape are North and South Park and Kaher Glen, but each area has minimal snow coverage in spots. Other trails are lacking snow for grooming.

At the Leavenworth Winter Sports Club the Icicle River and Ski Hill nordic trails are open and groomed. The Ski Hill is open Wednesday and Friday and Saturday and Sunday for inner-tubing, and alpine skiing and snowboarding.

Ski conditions
ResortHoursBase-summit
Summit West, SnoqualmieOpen Wed-Fri 9-10; Sat-Tue 9-417”
Summit Central, Snoqualmie ClosedNA
Summit East, Snoqualmie ClosedNA
Alpental, SnoqualmieOpen Fri 9-10; and Sat-Sun and Tue-Thu 9-4; closed Mon23-45”
Nordic Center, Snoqualmie Closed, tubing center open Fri-Sat 9-9; Sun 9-5NA
Mount Baker Ski Area Open daily, but check website for hours of operation39-59”
Crystal Mountain Open daily 9-46-32”
Stevens Pass Open Fri-Sat and Wed-Thu 9-10; Sun 9-6; Mon-Tue 9-443-44”
White Pass Open daily 8:45-4; night skiing Sat until 920-43”
Mission Ridge Ski & BoardOpen Fri-Sun 9-4; Mon and Thu TBD; closed Tue-Wed14-18”
49 Degrees North MountainOpen Fri-Tue 9-4; closed Wed-Thu28-48”
Mount Spokane Ski Area Open Wed-Sat 9-9:30; Sun 9-4; closed Mon-Tue13-46”
Ski Bluewood Open Thu-Sun 9-4; closed Mon-Wed 30-33”

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