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Clear skies, warm temperatures on the slopes

Sun and warmer temperatures have settled in across the Cascades, so this holiday weekend is a great time to hit the slopes.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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Sun and unseasonably warm temperatures have settled in across the Cascades, and no change is expected through the holiday weekend, so be sure to pack a bottle of sunscreen when heading to the slopes.

All areas are reporting soft machine groomed conditions on the trails, paving way to excellent cruising time for skiers and snowboarders.

Stevens Pass Resort has 37 trails open (27 are groomed) with eight lifts in operation on an 76-inch base, with 84 inches on the summit. The season snowfall total is 298 inches. Stevens is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Tuesday; 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday.

The Summit at Snoqualmie has a base at Summit West of 64 inches and Alpental is layered with 76 inches on the lower slopes and 124 inches at the summit.

Summit Central is open 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday to Jan. 26; Alpental is open 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday and Monday; Summit West is open 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday-Monday; Summit East reopens Saturday to Monday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Summit Tubing Center is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Sunday-Monday, and the Nordic center 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday-Monday.

Crystal Mountain Resort has eight lifts open, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily with a base of 60 inches and a summit total of 89 inches. The season snowfall is 281 inches. The main trails are machine-groomed, and those heading to Southback will find nice, packed powder. Quicksilver, Gold Hills and Discovery lifts will remain open until 6 p.m. on weekends.

The strong weather inversion had the temperature on top of Mount Baker Ski Area's Pan Dome hitting a balmy 45 degrees Wednesday, but the trails are in prime groomed condition. Baker is open 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and has a solid 136 inches on Pan Dome base and 160 inches at Heather Meadows.

The White Pass Ski Area is open 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, with six lifts operating on 47 machine-groomed trails. The area received 8 inches of snow Wednesday night, and has a 67-inch base with a summit depth of 101 inches.

In the eastern region of the state, Mission Ridge has three lifts and 43 trails open, including 32 groomed. Mission is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays to Mondays, has a midway base depth of 42 inches and a summit total of 58 inches.

The 49 Degrees North Ski Area received a trace of snow Wednesday night, boosting the area to a 58-inch base with a summit total of 117 inches. They're open 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday-Tuesday. Chairs 1, 3, 4 and 5 are operating on 82 trails (31 are groomed).

Mount Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park is open 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. There are 45 trails open, 31 of them groomed, with a base of 60 inches and 72 inches on the summit.

Ski Bluewood is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday to Monday with a base of 45 inches and a summit total of 60 inches. There are three lifts running, leading to 24 trails (seven groomed.)

The Ski Leavenworth hillside has a base of 39 inches, and is open 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Friday, and 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday to Monday. Nordic trails are open daily, and the area also offers snowshoeing, a ski jumping hill, tubing and ice skating.

The Methow Valley has nearly 100 miles of Nordic trails open for all levels of gliders at Sun Mountain, Winthrop, Mazama and Rendezvous. The Methow has 26 inches of total snow accumulation, and all the lower trails at Sun Mountain are machine groomed. All the nordic loops from the Winthrop Town trail were groomed to the bottom of Powers Plunge. Mazama has a wide range of groomed trails, beginning at the Corral parking area.

Slopeside events

• The Mission Ridge Night Skiing Special is $15 on Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and there will also be a Twilight Snowshoe Trek at 5 p.m. The Mountain Music Festival with Brent Amaker and the Rodeo is in the Hampton Lodge at 5:30 p.m. Details:

• The White Pass Top of the Hill Adult Workshop is Saturday from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Open to all levels of skiers and snowboarders. Details:

• The 49 Degrees North Ski Area Night Skiing Special is Saturday. Two cans of food gets you a lift ticket for $4. It is also Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, with lessons available for all ages and skill levels. Details: 509-935-6649 or

• The Sun Valley Nordic Festival is Jan. 26-Feb. 3. The event will feature a twilight ski and dinner, sprints and snowbike competition, plus food, music, Banff Film Festival and cross-country racing. Details:

• The Deschutes Brewery and Mount Bachelor Resort are offering a special bus ski and snowboard trip from Portland to Mount Bachelor on Jan. 26, Feb. 18, March 28, April 20 and May 11. Cost is $99, and includes a full-day lift ticket, plus a $10 food voucher for lunch, and dinner and beer at the Deschutes Brewery Pub in Bend. Must be at least 21-years-old. Bus departs the brewery at 6 a.m. and returns at 11 p.m. Details:

• The Leavenworth Ice Festival Rail Jam is Sunday from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Leavenworth Festhalle, 1001 Front St. in Leavenworth. Skiers and snowboarders will work their moves on the rail, followed by a fireworks show. There will also be a film celebrating Stevens Pass Resort. Each attendee will receive a free copy of the film on DVD, and all proceeds from dinner and beer will benefit the Leavenworth Winter Sports Club. Details:

• The Hood River Rotary Club is offering Rotary Night at Mount Hood Meadows on Monday. Purchase a 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. lift ticket in advance for $10 or $15 at the resort. Details:

Mark Yuasa: 206-464-8780 or

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