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With some Northwest ski areas open, Western Washington resorts still ‘on standby’

The Western Washington ski season remains “on standby” according to the Crystal Mountain Resort website.

A rainy week did no favors to local ski areas hoping to open this weekend. National Weather Service forecasts predict snow in the Cascades on Saturday (Nov. 29) before giving way to cold but dry conditions.

So far this season Crystal has received 30 inches of snow but currently it has three inches at its base and 12 inches at the summit. The ski area typically needs at least two feet of snow to open.

The Summit at Snoqualmie has nearly two feet of snow atop Alpental, but only six inches in the base areas and it was raining on the pass Friday afternoon.

White Pass has a thin swath of homemade snow on the lower mountain and 13 inches at the summit.

According to its website, the resort plans to again fire up its snow-making operations as soon as temperatures dip below 30 degrees, which could have happened by Saturday.

Man-made snow allowed Mission Ridge to open Friday for the second weekend this season. Only the beginner runs off of Chair 1 are open and skiable. Lift tickets are discounted for the Wenatchee-area ski resort.

Mount Baker’s online snow report: “Remaining hopeful.”

Skiers can find an open lift if they’re willing to travel.

In Oregon, Mount. Bachelor had limited operations Friday and Timberline Lodge and Mount Hood Meadows said they hoped to open Saturday. In Idaho, Sun Valley and Schweitzer were open and Silver Mountain planned to open Saturday.

Several ski areas in British Columbia are operating. Whistler Blackomb, Silver Star and Sun Peaks were open and Big White planned to open Saturday.

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