I’ll first talk about the conditions in our major ski areas:
The Summit at Snoqualmie: Currently, nothing at Snoqualmie is open (including Alpental). However, they should be very soon. I bet they’ll announce on Monday that they are opening sometime between next Thursday – Saturday (29th-1st). They have about 15” on the ground.
Stevens Pass: Stevens was the first to open in Washington (surprising me!), on the 20th. They have 25” at the base and 27” at the top. They have limited operations, 9AM to 4PM.
Crystal Mountain: Crystal opened on the 21st. They have 19” at the base and 36” at the top. Currently, 6 out of 10 of their lifts are operating and operating hours are between 9AM and 4PM.
Mt. Baker Ski Area: Baker also opened on the 21st. All lifts and runs are open. They currently have the highest base (Heather Meadows) snow than anywhere in North America, at 54”. Pan Dome, which is higher up, has 67”! Baker has by far the most superior ski conditions in Washington right now. That looks like Snoqualmie in February/March!
Now, for the outlook:
Monday, Tuesday, and most of Wednesday will be quite dry and clear, so no precipitation of any kind should fall. Temperatures will be on the cool side throughout, ensuring that what snow has fallen, will stick around. Wednesday night through the weekend will be much more interesting, with several storms rolling through. Right now, the heaviest precipitation looks to be on Friday. Snow levels in the Cascades will start out around 4,000-4,500 feet, gradually working their way up to 6,000 feet or so on Saturday, before quickly crashing to around 4,000 feet on Sunday. I won’t go further out than that. That should be enough of a boost to get much of the remaining resorts open!
If you do go out skiing or boarding, remember, early season conditions do exist, so use caution! (Oh, and have fun!)