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Originally published January 29, 2015 at 6:40 PM | Page modified January 29, 2015 at 10:17 PM

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Higher, farther slopes looks best this warm weekend

Seattle Times staff reporter


In a time when snowfall measurements are usually reported in feet, local ski areas are hanging on by a thread to mere inches of coverage.

Sunny and mild temperatures are forecast Friday to Saturday in the Cascades, then shifting to mostly light rain or snow with a lower freezing level heading into Sunday through Tuesday.

While skiers and riders await more snow, groomers at higher elevation areas like Crystal Mountain, Mount Baker, White Pass and Stevens Pass are doing their best to ensure the corduroy on runs are suitable for fast cruising in the mornings followed by softer springlike conditions in the afternoon.

With the sparse snow coverage, skiers and snowboarders should keep an eye out for unmarked objects, bare spots and rocks.

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Mount Rainier National Park has many winter outdoor activities, including backcountry skiing, snowshoeing, visitors center and lodging. The snow play area at Paradise isn’t open yet. Before going check weather conditions and road gate status. Details:

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

Lake Wenatchee State Park has more than 45 kilometers open for cross-country skiing along with snowshoe trails and the sledding hill at South Park. Trails are in good shape overall with some thin and bare spots. Details at

In British Columbia, Whistler-Blackcomb, Red, Grouse Mountain, Whitewater, Kimberley, Red Mountain, Silver Star, Big White, Fernie, Apex, Cypress, Kicking Horse, Panorama, Sun Peaks, Mount Washington, Mount Seymour and Revelstoke are open daily.

In Oregon, Mount Bachelor, Mount Hood Meadows, Timberline Lodge, Anthony Lakes, Mount Hood Skibowl, Hoodoo, Willamette and Spout Springs are open daily.

In Idaho, Silver Mountain Resort, Tamarack Resort, Schweitzer Mountain Resort, Brundage, Pomerelle, Grand Targhee, Bogus Basin, Lookout Pass Ski Area and Sun Valley Resort are open daily.

Ski conditions
Summit West, SnoqualmieOpen Fri 9-10; Sat-Sun 9-4; check website for next week’s schedule15”
Summit Central, Snoqualmie ClosedNA
Summit East, Snoqualmie ClosedNA
Alpental, SnoqualmieOpen Fri-Sun 9-4; check website for next week’s schedule22-46”
Nordic Center, Snoqualmie Closed, tubing center open Fri-Sat 9-9; Sun 9-5NA
Mount Baker Ski Area Open daily 9-3:3033-49”
Crystal Mountain Open daily 9-46-33”
Stevens Pass Open Fri-Sat and Wed-Thu 9-10; Sun 9-6; Mon-Tue 9-436-40”
White Pass Open daily 8:45-4; night skiing Sat until 920-40”
Mission Ridge Ski & BoardOpen Fri-Sun 9-4; Sat night, Mon and Thu TBD; closed Tue-Wed15-20”
49 Degrees North MountainOpen Fri-Tue 9-3:30; closed Wed-Thu28-48”
Mount Spokane Ski Area Open Wed-Sun 9-4; closed Mon-Tue6-43”
Ski Bluewood Open Thu-Sun 9-4; closed Mon-Wed 28-32” or 206-464-8780

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