Cascade ski resorts open before holiday weekend

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by CHRIS DANIELS and ELIZABETH WILEY / KING 5 News

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Posted on November 20, 2012 at 7:44 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 21 at 8:09 AM

The Mount Baker and Crystal Mountain ski resorts are set to open Wednesday, thanks to heavy snowfall from the same storms that dumped inches of rain on Western Washington this week.

Crystal Mountain Ski Resort reports almost four feet of new snow has fallen since Saturday. Three lifts will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the Gondola, Green Valley, and Rainier Express.

The Mount Baker Ski Area reported Wednesday morning seven inches of snow in the past 24 hours and plans to open the White Salmon and Heather Meadows base areas, running a total of seven lifts. The lifts will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. through Sunday.

Crystal Mountain will offer discounted tickets Wednesday through Friday. Starting Saturday, the resort expects to open two to three more lifts, including the Chinook Express, Forest Queen, and possibly High Campbell.

Stevens Pass opened Tuesday, a full nine days ahead of the seasonal average. This marks the second year in a row Stevens has opened before Thanksgiving.

Due to deep, heavy snow at Crystal Mountain, there is a high avalanche danger. Skiers are asked not to hike or do any sort of uphill travel.

The Mount Baker Ski Resort says skiers and snowboarders should use caution and be aware of changing terrain and low snow conditions.

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