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Ski report: With more snow forecast, area operations expand

Skiers and snowboarders will be delighted as another series of weather systems are expected to bring more snow to the Cascades.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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Skiers and snowboarders will be delighted as another series of weather systems are expected to bring more snow to the Cascades.

Snow remain in the forecast Thursday night through Monday for Mount Baker, Stevens Pass, Snoqualmie Pass and White Pass areas. Accumulations of 4 to 10 inches are possible, with the freezing level hovering between 1,500 and 2,000 feet.

The Summit at Snoqualmie continues to expand operations, with Summit West open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and night skiing Thursday to Saturday until 10 p.m.

"We're going to open Alpental this weekend (from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.), and it is as good as it get for this time of the season," said Guy Lawrence, director of marketing for The Summit at Snoqualmie, who added Summit Central will also open daily 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning Friday.

The Summit received 2 inches of new snow overnight with a base at Summit West of 35 inches and Alpental has 44 inches with more than 80 inches on top.

Mount Baker, open daily 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., still has more snow than any other resort in North America, and according to their website, the most of any worldwide.

Baker has 115 inches at Pan Dome base and 92 inches at Heather Meadows with 80 inches falling in the past week, easily beating out Whistler-Blackcomb Resort in British Columbia's 62-inch base. Baker's total accumulation is 160 inches.

Conditions at Crystal Mountain Resort, open daily 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., remain excellent with a base of 36 inches and 1 inch new Wednesday night. Crystal has eight lifts operating with 52 trails and 12 are groomed.

Stevens Pass Resort is open daily 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and has 21 trails groomed with nine lifts in operation. Stevens received 1 inch of snow overnight with a base of 66 inches. The nordic center is open Thursday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and daily beginning Dec. 20.

White Pass is open daily 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m., with 40 trails groomed and five lifts operating on a 32-inch base and 60 inches on the summit.

Mission Ridge will reopen Friday for daily operations from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will have four lifts and 36 trails open, with 11 inches of snow Wednesday night, and has a 31-inch base and 43 inches on the summit.

Hurricane Ridge on the Olympic Peninsula is opening this weekend from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The ridge received 11 inches of snow Wednesday night with a 65-inch base.

The Leavenworth Winter Sports Club will open the Icicle River Nordic Trail on Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Beginning Saturday the Ski Hill Lodge and Tubing Area will operate from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

In Eastern Washington, Ski Bluewood will open Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with 5 inches falling Wednesday night. The base is 12 inches and the summit 30 inches.

Mount Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park north of Spokane is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with Chairs 2, 3 and 5 operating, and 15 trails groomed. It has a base of 13 inches and 38 inches on the summit with 1 inch new Wednesday night.

49 Degrees North is open 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Fridays to Tuesdays, and received 2 inches Wednesday night with a 12-inch base and 43 inches on the summit.

The Loup Loup Ski Bowl located between Twisp and Okanogan will open Saturday. It has 22 inches on the summit and 15 inches at the base.

Events and deals

• The Summit at Snoqualmie has partnered with Mission Ridge to offer free midweek lift tickets by showing the 2012-13 Big S Pass at the ticket window through April 7. Special is not valid Dec. 26 to Jan. 2. Summit pass holders are also eligible for one complimentary ticket at Mission Ridge on Sunday when they purchase a full-price ticket Saturday.

Crystal Mountain Golden Anniversary Celebration birthday bash is Dec. 15, and includes giveaways with a 7 p.m. party for those 21-and-older at the Bullwheel.

• Stevens Pass has special 4-Day Powder Pack that allows a skier or boarder four days to head up anytime during the season for $159. It is available online through Dec. 24. Details:

Mission Ridge has a special Learn to Ski in 3 for $99, which includes three lessons, three lift tickets and three rentals. Details:

Whitefish Mountain, ranked 11th by a SKI Magazine reader survey, has a 20 percent discount for Amtrak overnight rides for Washington skiers and snowboarders. Details:

Mark Yuasa: 206-464-8780 or

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