With weather chilling down and bringing snow, three more ski resorts in Washington State fired up their lifts over the weekend. The Summit at Snoqualmie, White Pass, and Mt. Spokane took the number of ski resorts open in the state up to nine.
Thanks to a 24-hour dump of 14 inches of snow, the Summit at Snoqualmie launched its 2012-13 season last Saturday. Lifts at Summit West ran over the weekend, and the ski area hopes to open other lifts, and perhaps Summit Central within this next week.
The ski area will close for Monday and Tuesday, but re-open for Wednesday through Sunday on the usual Summit West schedule. Summit Central is usually the hill open seven days a week.
White Pass Ski Area started up last Friday with about 80 percent of the resort’s terrain in good shape for skiing — especially the beginner and intermediate terrain. By Sunday, the ski are had Paradise Basin open with everything except Paradise Cliff accessible.
Open daily for the remainder of the season, White Pass plans to run until mid-April with potential weekend skiing until May. The resort has scheduled night skiing from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1. After that, night skiing will only happen on Saturdays and holiday weekend Sunday nights through March 2.
Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park also launched its season last Friday. Three lifts were in operation for opening day as well as the main lodge with its new 1,200-square-foot expansion. The addition increased the seating for 100 more people, added four big screen televisions, and tacked on a large wraparound deck.
For future planning, Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission signed off on Mt. Spokane’s proposal for expanding the ski area. The 850-acre addition will include seven new ski runs and a new chairlift.
Find snow reports for Washington State ski areas here.
Snoqualmie Summit, Washington
Dec 8, 2012 - Apr 7, 2012