Powder keeps piling up at ski areas, as do deep snow risks

Tacoma News TribuneFebruary 19, 2014 

This morning's webcam view of the Rainier Express Lift at Crystal Mountain Resort, which has received five feet of snow in four days.


Skiers and snowboarders might want to pack a snorkel if they’re heading to the mountains Wednesday.

Crystal Mountain is reporting five feet of snow over the last four days. And White Pass is promoting its “bottomless powder.”

What’s the status of the White Pass terrain park? “Buried,” according to the website. The ski area accumulated 18 inches in 24 hours.

Alpental reports 34 inches of fresh snow in the last 48 hours.

At Mount Rainier, the snow is 163 inches deep at Paradise, forcing the national park to keep the road closed above Longmire.

While it’s ideal skiing and riding conditions, officials are reminding people to be safe. The avalanche threat is “considerable” throughout the Cascades according to the Northwest Avalanche Center.

Crystal Mountain posted a tree well warning this morning. Encouraging skiers to stay together, within site of each other and to be careful around trees.

The deep snow creates air pockets around trees that can collapse on those who fall into them. Several skiers and snowboarders have died in tree well accidents in recent years.

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