Ski season ends on a high note with some resorts still in operation

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.”

Sunshine greets skiers and snowboarders heading up to the top of Whistler-Blackcomb Resort aboard the Peak-to-Peak Tram. Photo courtesy of Mitch Winton at Coast Mountain Photography.

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:


Resort

Hours

Base


Summit West, SnoqualmieClosed: Thursday through April 3070 inches

Summit Central, SnoqualmieClosed: Thursday through April 3070 inches

Summit East, SnoqualmieClosed: Thursday through April 3070 inches

Nordic and Tubing Center, SnoqualmieClosed: Thursday through April 3070 inches

Alpental, SnoqualmieOpen: 9am-4pm Saturday and Sunday, and April 29-30 (2 inches new snow)92-184 inches

Mount Baker Ski AreaClosed for the season

Crystal MountainOpen daily: 9am-4pm through Sunday, which is final day of the season (1 to 5 inches new snow)70-113 inches

Stevens PassOpen: 9am-4pm Saturday and Sunday, which is final weekend of season (1 inch new snow)95-119 inches

White PassOpen: 8:45am-4pm Saturday and Sunday, and April 29-30, which is final weekend of season79-134 inches

Mission Ridge Ski & BoardOpen: 9am-4pm Saturday and Sunday, and April 29-3046-68 inches

49° North MountainClosed for the season

Mt. Spokane Ski & SnowboardClosed…

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