UPDATED AT 2:43 P.M.: Crystal Mountain ski area has announced it will open on Friday, serving skiers and snowboarders with four chair lifts. Tickets will be just $20 for opening day.
After getting 16-18 inches of snow in the last 24 hours, the ski area this afternoon is reporting 16 inches of snow at the base and 35 inches at the summit. The Discovery and Quicksilver chairlifts will open at 9 a.m. and Chinook Express and Forest Queen around 11 a.m., said Tiana Enger, spokeswoman for the area.
Mount Baker is scheduled to open a day later, starting with seven lifts in operation on Saturday. With 16 inches of new snow, the base at Heather Meadows is 35 inches deep. Adult lift tickets will be $48 on Saturday.
Officials at White Pass, Summit at Snoqualmie and Stevens Pass said they still need more snow.
Cold and snowy weather is forecast into the weekend for the Cascades, with a foot or more of new snow predicted in some places, according to the Associated Press.
Last year’s season also got off to a fast start in November, but the snow tapered off sharply in midwinter because of El Nino weather conditions, the AP said. This year, a La Nina is expected, which usually means much more snow.