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Originally published Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 1:43 PM

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Take your sunscreen if you're hitting the mountains this week

Recent snow has left a nice blanket of powder for skiers and snowboarders, who should see sunny skies through the weekend.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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The Cascade hillsides received another blanket of snow, creating excellent ski conditions.

High pressure and a northerly flow will spread across the Pacific Northwest, bringing sunny skies and cooler temperatures with little or no precipitation through Monday. Those making plans to hit the slopes in the coming days should pack sunscreen.

All Western Washington ski and snowboard areas reported anywhere from 2 to 12 inches of snow Wednesday, making for a nice, soft layer on machine-groomed main trails and shin-deep fluffy powder off the main runs.

Crystal Mountain Resort has nine lifts open 9 a.m. daily, with a base of 67 inches and a summit total of 100 inches. The season snowfall is 321 inches. Crystal is operating on extended hours during weekends and holidays, with Chinook Express and Forest Queen open until 4:30 p.m., and Discovery, Gold Hills and Quicksilver running until 6 p.m.

Stevens Pass Resort has 37 trails open (23 groomed) with nine lifts in operation on a 92-inch base, with 100 inches on the summit. The season snowfall total is 347 inches, and another 15 inches has fallen the past two days. 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. Sunday. During the holiday weekend, Stevens will be open Feb. 17 until 10 p.m., and Feb. 18 until 8 p.m.

Periods of light snow showers covered The Summit at Snoqualmie, and Alpental received 10 to 17 inches the past two days. The Summit West base is covered with 71 inches. Alpental has 87 inches on lower slopes and 147 inches on the summit.

Summit Central is open 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, and Monday through Feb. 17; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Alpental is open 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday to Saturday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday; and closed on Monday. Alpental reopens 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Feb. 16.

Summit West is open 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. this Thursday to Friday, and Wednesday through Feb. 15; 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. this Saturday and Feb. 16; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday and Feb. 17; and closed Monday and Tuesday.

Summit East reopens 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and Feb. 16-17. 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. The Nordic center is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday-Sunday.

The Mount Baker Ski Area received 9 to 12 inches Wednesday, and is open 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Heather Meadows base is 170 inches, and 194 inches covers the base of Pan Dome.

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 4 inches of snow Wednesday night, with a 74-inch base and a summit depth of 113 inches.

Mission Ridge has three lifts open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays to Mondays, and will be open daily Feb. 19-25. Mission has a midway base depth of 35 inches and a summit total of 56 inches.

The 49 Degrees North Ski Area has a 62-inch base and a summit total of 122 inches, and is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays to Tuesdays, and all chairs will operate on 82 trails (31 groomed).

Mount Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park is open 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. There are 45 trails open, 32 of them groomed, with a base of 70 inches and 75 inches on the summit.

Ski Bluewood is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday to Sunday, and has a base of 48 inches and a summit total of 68 inches. All lifts are open, leading to 24 trails, with seven groomed.

The Hurricane Ridge Ski Area is open weekends 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Monday holidays through March 31. Hurricane Ridge has a 94-inch base, operating two lifts on three trails.

Ski Leavenworth is open 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Friday, and 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. During midwinter break (Feb. 18-22) they will be open Monday 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Tuesday to Friday from noon to 6 p.m. They have a base of 39 inches. The Nordic trails are open daily 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the area also offers snowshoeing, a ski jumping hill, tubing and ice skating.

Slopeside events

• The White Pass Ski Area ULTRA-X skier and snowboarder competition is Saturday, and possibly Sunday, if necessary. A team consists of one snowboarder and one skier who race in a double-elimination tournament format on a motocross-style course. Each team is guaranteed a minimum of two runs. Details: or 509-672-3101.

• Mountain to Sound Outfitters is hosting a Ski and Snowboard Demo Night 6 p.m. Friday at the Alpental Ski Area. Test out the latest ski and snowboard equipment by Blizzard, Atomic, Rossignol, Lib Tech NAS, Moment, Salomon, Armada, Gnu and Capita. Preregistration is required: Details: or 206-935-7669.

• The Grouse Mountain Resort overlooking the city of Vancouver, B.C., will stay open around the clock for their 24 Hours of Winter Celebration this weekend. Lifts will run continuously from 9 a.m. Saturday until 10 p.m. Sunday. Visitors can also hit the terrain park, mountaintop ice rink or take a late-night snowshoe tour. Other events include a torchlight parade, dancing and dining. Details:

• The Mount Baker Ski Area Legendary Banked Slalom Race is Friday through Sunday. Festivities include live music, beer garden, salmon BBQ and a Banked Handplant competition at the Raven Hut. Details:

• The Mount Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park is hosting the Kan Jam Freestyle Festival on Saturday and Sunday. Details:

• The Leavenworth Winter Sports Club and Leavenworth Mountain Association is hosting a free Avalanche Awareness Clinic 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Chelan PUD Office in Leavenworth. Scott Schell, Program Director for Friends of Northwest Weather and the Northwest Avalanche Center is the guest speaker. Details:

• The Crystal Mountain Resort KEEN Rippin' Chix Steep Skiing Camp is this weekend. Instruction will focus on steep skiing with several group levels, from first-time introduction to moguls, trees and powder, to upper groups learning how to safely jump rocks. Participants must be able to make 10 consecutive turns on a black diamond run. Cost is $350. Details: or

Mark Yuasa: 206-464-8780 or

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