Ski report: With plenty of snow, some resorts plan to stay open through early summer
The good times for skiers and snowboarders will carry well into spring, inclduing two resorts that have plans to stay open through early summer. The springtime weather pattern will remain in place around the Pacific Northwest as higher pressure shifts closer to the region by Friday, creating a drying and warming trend going into the weekend.
Seattle Times staff reporter
The good times for skiers and snowboarders will carry well into spring, inclduing two resorts that have plans to stay open through early summer.
The springtime weather pattern will remain in place around the Pacific Northwest as higher pressure shifts closer to the region by Friday, creating a drying and warming trend going into the weekend.
Be sure to pack the sunscreen and shades to avoid scorching your skin and eyeballs from all the sunshine reflecting off the snow.
Locally, Crystal Mountain Resort is one of the Northwest areas that will remain open on weekends from late April through June 16. This comes as no surprise with a season total of 417 inches with a base of 68 inches and summit depth of 115 inches. Crystal has seven lifts open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through April 21.
In Oregon, Mount Bachelor Resort is another late-season option with lifts running until Memorial Day Weekend, and starting April 22 they'll offer discounted lift ticket rates of $59. From April 22 through May 26, Bachelor will operate the Pine Marten, Skyline and Summit lifts from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. only.
To the north in British Columbia, Whistler-Blackcomb Resort will remain open daily from 8:39 a.m. to 4 p.m. through April 21; Blackcomb Resort will be open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from April 22 to May 20; and the Blackcomb Resort Glacier will be open daily noon to 3 p.m. from June 22 to July 28.
The Summit at Snoqualmie has a base of 84 inches, and Alpental has a whopping 103 inches on lower hills and 176 inches on the summit.
Summit Central is open 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday to Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday through April 7. Alpental is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday to Sunday, closed Monday to Wednesday, and then reopens 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from April 4-7.
Summit West, Summit East and the nordic center are now closed for the season. The Summit Tubing Center is open 9 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., weekends only.
Stevens Pass Resort has 27 trails open (26 were groomed) with eight lifts in operation on a 105-inch base, with 127 inches on top of the summit.
Stevens is open 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. this Friday and Saturday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 1-7. Operations beyond April 14 will be determined based on snowpack and favorable forecast.
The Mount Baker Ski Area is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Heather Meadows has a base of 188 inches with 209 inches covering the base of Pan Dome. Slopes are machine groomed with Chairs 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 in operation.
The White Pass Ski Area is open 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, with six of eight lifts operating on 47 machine-groomed trails. They have a 93-inch base with a summit depth of 136 inches.
Mission Ridge Resort has three lifts with 44 trails open (26 were machine-groomed) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Monday. Mission has a midway base depth of 41 inches and a summit total of 62 inches. Purchase a spring pass for $99, and get unlimited skiing and riding through April 7.
The 49 Degrees North Ski Area has a 63-inch base and a summit total of 126 inches. They're open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays to Tuesdays with 82 trails open and 25 were machine-groomed.
Mount Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday to Sunday with four lifts running on 45 trails and 30 were machine-groomed. They have a base of 57 inches and 86 inches on the summit.
Ski Bluewood reopens Friday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. They have a base of 62 inches and a summit total of 90 inches.
• The Mount Baker Ski Area's Golden Egg Hunt is Saturday with more than 4,000 eggs worth over $5,000 in prizes that will be hidden around the Shuksan side of the ski area. One lucky Golden Egg contains a Mount Baker season pass for 2013-2014 season. They will also have four separate hunts for kids ages 10 and under. Details: http://mtbaker.us/.
• The Mission Ridge Resort Dummy Downhill is 3 p.m. Saturday. Participants use their creativity to present a nonhuman dummy on either skis or a snowboard to compete in divisions for most creative, most likely to survive, judge's choice award and best carnage. Cost is $5 in youth division and $15 for adult division. Details: 509-663-6543 or www.missionridge.com.
• The Mount Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park Hawaiian Day and Slush Cup Pond Skim Contest is 12:45 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Cost is $5 for contest. Details: www.mtspokane.com.
• The 49 Degrees North Mountain Resort Oyster Feed is 11 a.m. Saturday on the lodge deck. Cost is $17 for all the oysters you can eat from Blau Oyster Company in Bow. Details: www.ski49n.com.
• The Stevens Pass Resort Flannel Cup (formerly know as the Big Air Fiesta) is noon to 3 p.m. Saturday. The event is for snowboarders and skiers competing in slopestyle and big air divisions. Cost is $35 pro division and $20 in amateur and women's divisions. Details: www.stevenspass.com.
• Mount Bachelor Resort is offering a special bus ski and snowboard trip from Portland to Mount Bachelor on 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.
The Deschutes Brewery concert series is May 4-25. Nine breweries will be on hand for closing weekend May 25-26, and there will be a pond skimming contest on May 26. Details: www.mtbachelor.com.
• The Whistler Resort Free Deals for Kids is April 1-21. Children 12 years old and under can stay, ski and rent gear for free. The offers are available with purchases of adult lift tickets and rentals, and a minimum of three days stay is required with special lodging packages available. Details: 888-403-4727.
• Big White Resort and Silver Star Mountain Resort in British Columbia are offering free skiing to visitors in April who spend at least two nights at either resort (rooms begin at $134 based on double occupancy). Rates include two free lift tickets. Big White (800-663-2772) plans to operate daily through April 14. Closing weekend brings three days of outdoor barbecues and the Dummy Downhill event. Silver Star's (800-663-4431) final day of the season is April 7. It's a celebration with Hawaiian shirts and the Dummy Gelande event.
• The Mount Hood Meadows Full Sail Banked Slalom is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 6 at the Daisy Bowl banked slalom course. Skiers and snowboarders can participate in specific divisions with a field limited to 120 participants. Details: www.skihood.com.
Mark Yuasa: 206-464-8780 or email@example.com