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Archives: Nov. 2009


Stevens Pass to open Thursday

Stevens Pass Winter Resort will open for the 2009 – 2010 winter season Thursday.

As of Monday afternoon 36 inches of snow was reported at the base, with 38 inches at reported at the upper mountain weather station.

Stevens Pass will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with operations on the Hogsback, Skyline, Daisy and Brooks chairlifts. The Tye Mill Chair and Kehr’s Chair (formerly Big Chief) will be determined on Wednesday after staff checks to see if there is sufficient snowpack.

Additionally, the 28 acre Top Phlight Terrain Park will open with a variety of jumps,

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Paradise Webcams back in action

After being down for some time because of technical issues, the Webcams at Paradise at Mount Rainier National Park are back online.

The snowpack at Paradise is currently 47 inches, according to weather data.

Here are the various camera views:

The mountain

Jackson Visitor Center

Looking east from the visitor center.

Looking west from the visitor center.


The Summit will open Saturday

Thanks to 7 inches of new snow that fell earlier today, The Summit at Snoqualmie has just announced it will be open with limited operations Saturday and Sunday.

The Summit West base area will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.

“We are ecstatic for this early season opening, especially with the promise of more snow predicted next week,” said Dan Brewster, general manager, in a news release.

Brewster said the area will be closed Monday and Tuesday, and the staff is planning to reopen Wednesday, if conditions permit.

Head to The Summit’s Web site for

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Next clam dig opens Saturday

The next razor clam dig opens Satuday at four beaches. Twin Harbors will be open for four days of digging, while Kalaloch will be open for just one day.

Long Beach: Open Saturday through Monday

Twin Harbors: Open Saturday through Tuesday

Copalis: Open Saturday through Monday

Mocrocks: Open Saturday through Monday

Kalaloch: Open Monday only

Low tide times: Saturday, 4:34 p.m., -0.3 feet; Sunday, 5:21 p.m., -0.7 feet; Monday, 6:05 p.m., -0.9 feet; and Tuesday: 6:47 p.m., -0.8 feet.

Digging hours: Digging will be restricted to the hours between noon and midnight. Even with the earlier times for the low

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Landslide threatens Gifford Pinchot road

Forest Road 25 at Benham Creek 5 miles north of the Forest Road 99 junction to Windy Ridge may be closed at any time due to a landslide. Gifford Pinchot National Forest officials just made the announcement.

A large landslide closed the road last winter, and a temporary bridge was installed in June to provide access along the major north and south road. Recent heavy rains are dislodging additional material at the Benham Creek site forcing forest officials to consider a complete closure to protect the public.

Forest staffers have started work with Federal Highways on design and replacement of

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Crystal Mountain will open Wednesday

If you don’t have plans for Veterans Day, considering digging out your snow ride gear.

The 2009-2010 ski and snowboard season in the South Sound will officially open on Wednesday when Crystal Mountain begins operations, albeit on a limited basis.

The ski area announced this morning it will open the lower mountain by running the Discovery, Chinook Express, Quicksilver and Forest Queen lifts. The ski area will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The ski school, rental shop, plus food and beverages areas will be open as well.

There are two feet of snow on the ground now,

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Clam diggers need to be careful

Folks planning to head to Twin Harbors or Long Beach for the current clam dig need to be very careful while at the water’s edge.

I just checked the forecast, and it is calling for swells to range from 16 feet tonight then rising to 25 feet by Friday night.

Dan Ayres, the state’s coastal shellfish manager, recommends people not take to the beach if swells reach 11 to 12 feet.

With the low tide times after sunset, the combination of darkness and large waves will make for some dangerous conditions for diggers. Parents should make sure to keep a

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