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Category: Skiing/Snowboarding


Meany Lodge: Washington’s oldest ski area

Hope you read this morning’s article on Meany Lodge, Washington’s oldest ski area. The private ski area opened in 1928 and added one of the state’s first rope tows in 1938. Not much has changed since. The Mountaineers have kept this historic location running much like it did 75 years ago complete with a rope tow powered by an old Chevy pickup engine.

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The Adventure Guys route at Whistler Blackcomb

Whistler Blackcomb launched a new self-guided skiing tour program this year called Wonder Routes. The routes are fun and you can probably knock most of them out in a weekend if you are an advanced skier.


We’ve spent a great deal of time skiing these mountains and thought we’d offer The Adventure Guys route.



Starting from mid-mountain on WhistlerMountain take the peak chair to the summit to take a few pictures of the Black Tusk before dropping into Whistler Bowl. Make your away across the bowl to the narrow ridge that leads to sometimes overlooked run

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Skiing icon Glen Plake to ski with public Thursday at Summit at Snoqualmie

Skiing legend Glen Plake and his iconic hair will ski Thursday at the Summit at Snoqualmie, the ski area announced today.

Skiers are invited to ski with the 48-year-old 5-9 p.m. Thursday at Summit West. Plake will teach them some freestyle tricks. Plake is partnered with Elan Skis, which is holding a ski demo in conjunction with the event.

“It’s always a great moment when Glen Plake comes to The Summit as he is one of skiing’s best, most enthusiastic ambassadors,” Summit marketing director Guy Lawrence said in a prepared statement. “Glen is always a huge attraction for our skiing

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Three more Washington ski areas ready to open

Three more Washington ski resorts announced opening dates today.

Ski Bluewood south of Dayton plans to open Friday.

Leavenworth Winter Sports Club plans to open for cross country skiing on Friday and for tubing on Saturday.

Loup Loup Ski Bowl between Twisp and Okanogan has announced a Saturday opening.

Also, Mount Hood Ski Bowl in Government Camp, Ore., plans to open its tubing hills on Saturday.

Most of the Northwest’s major ski areas are already open.


Summit West will open Saturday; other portions of Summit at Snoqualmie could open in the next week

The Summit at Snoqualmie will open its 2012/2013 ski season Saturday, ski area officials just announced. This latest winter storm has delivered 14 inches of snow in the last 24 hours, all that was needed to get the Summit West base area ready to operate.

“We’ve seen good snow accumulation on our higher slopes over the last two weeks and just needed a serious storm to deliver the goods at our base area elevation,” Summit marketing director Guy Lawrence said in prepared statement.

The Summit West base area will be open Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Full-day lift

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Stevens Pass will open entire ski area Saturday

With more than 100 inches of snow already fallen at Stevens Pass this season, resort managers have announced there is enough snow to open the entire mountain including Mill Valley on Saturday. After 44 inches of snowfall in the last five days, Stevens has a 50-inch base.

With a winter storm advisory in affect and up to 30 more inches of snow predicted before Saturday, Mill Valley and the rest of the resort could be at typical mid-winter snowpack levels by the weekend.

Stevens also plans to open all food and beverage, rental and retail amenities along with all 1,125

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Skiers, snowboarders brave one-hour line for opening day at Crystal Mountain

CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN – The line for the gondola Wednesday morning at Crystal Mountain wrapped around the base lodge, but after the hour wait skiers and snowboarders were rewarded with a valley full of fluffy snow.

“It’s pretty good for opening day,” said Tiana Enger, Crystal Mountain’s spokeswoman.

Enger said the ski area was taken by surprise by the number of people who turned out early for the first day of ski season. Ski area crews scrambled to open a second chair lift to shuttle visitors to the upper mountain and by 11 a.m.

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