Slopes stay open as WA mountains brace for more snow

Slopes stay open as WA mountains brace for more snow

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Slopes stay open as WA mountains brace for more snow

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on April 12, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Western Washington will see more rain this weekend, which means more snow in the mountains.

The snow level could drop to 2,500-3,000 feet and 6-12 inches of snow is expected. Mt. Baker may even get a little more.

The ski and snowboard season is continuing at many local area ski resorts. Here's a round up of current conditions about options around the region.

Stevens announced its extending the season through April 20-21. The resort has a current snow depth of 120 inches at the top and 92 inches at the base. Nine out of its ten lifts are operating.

Mission Ridge is offering a bonus day on April 13th. Otherwise it is closed for the season. Mission has 60 inches on top and 36 at its base.

Crystal Mountain recently set its spring skiing schedule. Currently, Crystal has 65 inches of snow at its base and is operating eight of its 10 lifts. It will operate on weekends through June 15-16. Through the first two weeks of May, Crystal will keep four lifts open.

At Snoqualmie, Alpental and Summit Central will both be open this weekend for skiers. Only Alpental is confirmed for next weekend.

Mount Baker has the largest snowpack with 181 inches of snow at the base. It is currently operating Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until closing day on April 21st, and has all ten lifts open.

In British Columbia, Canada, Whistler and Blackcomb will both be open through April 21. Blackcomb will continue operating April 22 - May 27th in an extended season. In addition, the Blackcomb

KING 5's Rich Marriot said we usually have the latest closing areas in the country. But as the weather warms, the crowds wane. Washington areas typically run out of people before they run out of snow!

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