As Thanksgiving nears, skiers and snowboarders wait to hear when their favorite ski resort starts up the lifts. Unfortunately for them, it has been a slow start to the snow season. Most places still need a lot more white to begin operations, though a few resorts have been cold enough to make their own.

As of Nov. 15, Mount Baker, Stevens Pass, Crystal Mountain, and Snoqualmie Pass ski areas all recorded a snow depth of 0 inches.

By this time back in 2017, most of our ski resorts were already open. We'd like to think it's an early start to the year if resorts are open by Thanksgiving. However, based on seasonal norms, most resorts are open by early to mid December.

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Our weather pattern turns much colder next week, and any new weather system should be cold enough to dump snow in the mountains.

Whistler-Blackcomb ski resort says it could open on Thanksgiving, Mission Ridge could open on Black Friday, and Stevens Pass could open December 4.

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