The ski and snowboard season is winding down, and it has definitely been one for the memory books.
“It was a very good year for snowfall totals, and most places ended up above average, which translated to a great season,” said John Gifford, president of the Northwest Ski Areas Association. “It won’t be a record season by any means, but much better than the last few years.”
Through March, Washington ski areas reported skier visits were up 4 percent over last year.
“We had a blip in the weather in March, but that surely didn’t dampen the enthusiasm for getting out on the hills,” Gifford said. “Prior to that there were no weather issues, and during the (Christmas) holidays we saw a very good turnout.”
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Slopes such as Alpental at The Summit and Snoqualmie, Stevens Pass Resort, Crystal Mountain Resort, Mount Bachelor Resort in Oregon and Whistler Blackcomb Resort in British Columbia actually received some new snow this week.
Those heading to the slopes this weekend will still find mostly springlike conditions peppered with a mixed bag of weather that includes rain showers, sunny to mostly-cloudy skies, and occasional snowfall. The freezing level will bounce between 4,500 to 7,500 feet.
Open daily: British Columbia’s Whistler Blackcomb Resort (146-inch base); Idaho’s Silver Mountain (74-78 inch base, open on weekends only); and in Oregon: Mount Hood Meadows (125-221); Mount Bachelor (128-176); Willamette Pass (75-112, open weekends only); Hoodoo (93-98, open weekends only); and Timberline (182).
Latest snow and lift reports:
Which ski areas are open and closed:
|Summit West, Snoqualmie||Closed: Thursday through April 30||70 inches|
|Summit Central, Snoqualmie||Closed: Thursday through April 30||70 inches|
|Summit East, Snoqualmie||Closed: Thursday through April 30||70 inches|
|Nordic and Tubing Center, Snoqualmie||Closed: Thursday through April 30||70 inches|
|Alpental, Snoqualmie||Open: 9am-4pm Saturday and Sunday, and April 29-30 (2 inches new snow)||92-184 inches|
|Mount Baker Ski Area||Closed for the season|
|Crystal Mountain||Open daily: 9am-4pm through Sunday, which is final day of the season (1 to 5 inches new snow)||70-113 inches|
|Stevens Pass||Open: 9am-4pm Saturday and Sunday, which is final weekend of season (1 inch new snow)||95-119 inches|
|White Pass||Open: 8:45am-4pm Saturday and Sunday, and April 29-30, which is final weekend of season||79-134 inches|
|Mission Ridge Ski & Board||Open: 9am-4pm Saturday and Sunday, and April 29-30||46-68 inches|
|49° North Mountain||Closed for the season|
|Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard||Closed…|